Book ID: CBB066035334

Mushrooms: A Natural and Cultural History (2017)


Money, Nicholas P. (Author)

Reaktion Books

Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 224
Language: English

Mushrooms hold a peculiar place in our culture: we love them and despise them, fear them and misunderstand them. They can be downright delicious or deadly poisonous, cute as buttons or utterly grotesque. These strange organisms hold great symbolism in our myths and legends. In this book, Nicholas P. Money tells the utterly fascinating story of mushrooms and the ways we have interacted with these fungi throughout history. Whether they have populated the landscapes of fairytales, lent splendid umami to our dishes, or steered us into deep hallucinations, mushrooms have affected humanity from the earliest beginnings of our species. As Money explains, mushrooms are not self-contained organisms like animals and plants. Rather, they are the fruiting bodies of large—sometimes extremely large—colonies of mycelial threads that spread underground and permeate rotting vegetation. Because these colonies decompose organic matter, they are of extraordinary ecological value and have a huge effect on the health of the environment. From sustaining plant growth and spinning the carbon cycle to causing hay fever and affecting the weather, mushrooms affect just about everything we do. Money tells the stories of the eccentric pioneers of mycology, delights in culinary powerhouses like porcini and morels, and considers the value of medicinal mushrooms. This book takes us on a tour of the cultural and scientific importance of mushrooms, from the enchanted forests of folklore to the role of these fungi in sustaining life on earth.

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Authors & Contributors
Di, Lu
Brad Bolman
Yatsiuk, Iryna
Nathan E. C. Smith
Eric Van Vleet
Pärtel, Kadri
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Istoriko-Biologicheskie Issledovaniia
History and Technology
Historical Records of Australian Science
Historical Journal
Springer Nature
Florida International University
University of Pennsylvania Press
L'Erma di Bretschneider
Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura
Basic Books
Natural history
Science and culture
Food and foods
Dietrich, Heinrich August
Crossland, Charles
Margaret Bentinck, Duchess of Portland
Soppitt, Henry Thomas
Becker, Lothar
Saccardo, Pier Andrea
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
20th century
17th century
Qin dynasty (China, 221-207 B.C.)
Zhou dynasty (China, 1122-221 B.C.)
Atlantic world
United States

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