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Publisher's Summary

In Mycophilia, accomplished food writer and cookbook author Eugenia Bone examines the role of fungi as exotic delicacy, curative, poison, and hallucinogen, and ultimately discovers that a greater understanding of fungi is key to facing many challenges of the 21st century. Engrossing, surprising, and packed with up-to-date science and cultural exploration, Mycophilia is part narrative and part primer for foodies, science buffs, environmental advocates, and anyone interested in learning a lot about one of the least understood and most curious organisms in nature.

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©2011 Eugenia Bone (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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I very much enjoyed this book! The subject is discussed in a conversational tone and the content is quite rich with detail. A must listen for all the foodies out there! #Audible1

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Slightly misleading

With a title like Mycophilia, one could expect it to be a scientific text about fungi, specifically the revelations about mycelium, which the book dips its toes in before spending far too long belabouring the agricultural industry of fungal fruiting bodies in the USA, picking and cuisine of edible mushrooms, and various forays and workshops about mushroom picking. I understand now that Eugenia Bone is not a scientist, which is obvious in this book.

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Great Fun

anyone interested in mushrooms will enjoy this lighthearted foray into the subject of mycology.

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Excellent!

If you are at all interested in mushrooms, this is the book for you. Eugenia Bone has a wonderful way of describing the material, and the book is very well-rounded. This is also the type of book you can enjoy more than once!

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  • D. Pelletier
  • 2017-01-21

Lots of interesting stories

Plenty of interesting stories and information but it doesn't go into many details on particular subjects like growing or identification.

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  • Baby bat 🦇
  • 2019-11-25

Absolutely awful, insufferable, racist author

This is the worst book I have ever purchased. The majority of this book is the author describing people in an insufferable wanna-be rollingstone-esque tone, focusing on people’s dress, demeanor, and her judgements of them, as well as CONSTANTLY reminding you she is a New Yorker, wears all black, and doesn’t fit in with the people she’s ‘investigating’. Then it gets to the part about migrant mushroom pickers and she just goes full blown racist. I would say less than half of this book is about mushrooms and the majority of scientific discussion is glossed over or disregarded with blatant disinterest by the author herself. Unbelievably bad. STAY AWAY

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  • Craig Carlson
  • 2017-06-12

Very interesting at every turn

I don't have much to add to all the other reviews I've seen of this book. The only downside is the quality of the recording. It sounds like it was recorded on a laptop.

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  • mathew
  • 2016-05-08

Not just about food

If you could sum up Mycophilia in three words, what would they be?

Solid Mushroom information

Who was your favorite character and why?

There is only the narrator, however she talks at length about the characters she has met while mushroom hunting

Have you listened to any of Aimee Jolson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

first time listener

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed out loud several times. I was also shocked and stunned by several factoids as well.

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It took me a bit of time to warm up to the tone of the author. I thought that it would basically be all about food and strange mushroom people. The content is far deeper and incredibly well researched with lots of solid thinking and deduction about her own experiences. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Farmer Don
  • 2016-07-22

Good book, shockingly bad narration

The book and content was good. Interesting and accessible.

But I had no idea one could become an audiobook narrator while mispronouncing so many basic English words. I don't mean the Latin names or location names (though it was clear no effort was even made to sound these out). No, I mean basic English words were said completely wrong. Reminded me of my college roommate who pronounced Viagra "vee-ah-gra".

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  • David P.
  • 2018-06-29

Keep browsing, there are better choices available

I really wanted to like this book. It does contain "some" useful information. I downloaded the audio version for a long drive. If it had been a paper version, I would have put it down. The author uses a chatty gossipy and often condescending writing style that can most charitably be described as annoying. Can't recommend it.

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  • ColdFront
  • 2016-10-06

fantastic fungal voyage

fantastic fungal voyage. would recommend this to any one wanting an introduction into the fungal world

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  • Eric Saeter
  • 2015-10-17

Enjoyable but narrator just ok

Narrator mispronounces several words and in some cases doesn't even correct where she's had a tongue twister. I can forgive her for her shaky Latin but ultimately she reads this like a news report rather than a journalistic adventure in passion and curiosity. He voice is pretty enough and did not impede too much enjoyment of this book.

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  • ilaria maria sala
  • 2020-04-28

What is the point if this book?

A rambling lengthy tale of Ms Bone going to look for mushrooms with other amateurs and having nice or not so nice dinners. Maybe it gets better after three hours - I had wasted enough time by then. Lengthy pointless descriptions and a lot of uninteresting detail, but not about mushrooms: about the quirks of US mushroom enthusiasts.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-08-16

It's about mycologists

It dwelled too much on the mycologists and too little on the Mycology for my liking but there are so few books on this subject

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