Book ID: CBB565097903

What a Mushroom Lives For: Matsutake and the Worlds They Make (2022)


Michael J. Hathaway (Author)

Princeton University Press

Publication Date: 2022
Physical Details: 296
Language: English

What a Mushroom Lives For pushes today’s mushroom renaissance in compelling new directions. For centuries, Western science has promoted a human- and animal-centric framework of what counts as action, agency, movement, and behavior. But, as Michael Hathaway shows, the world-making capacities of mushrooms radically challenge this orthodoxy by revealing the lively dynamism of all forms of life.The book tells the fascinating story of one particularly prized species, the matsutake, and the astonishing ways it is silently yet powerfully shaping worlds, from the Tibetan plateau to the mushrooms’ final destination in Japan. Many Tibetan and Yi people have dedicated their lives to picking and selling this mushroom―a delicacy that drives a multibillion-dollar global trade network and that still grows only in the wild, despite scientists’ intensive efforts to cultivate it in urban labs. But this is far from a simple story of humans exploiting a passive, edible commodity. Rather, the book reveals the complex, symbiotic ways that mushrooms, plants, humans, and other animals interact. It explores how the world looks to the mushrooms, as well as to the people who have grown rich harvesting them.A surprise-filled journey into science and human culture, this exciting and provocative book shows how fungi shape our planet and our lives in strange, diverse, and often unimaginable ways.

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Review Rui Sun (2023) Review of "What a Mushroom Lives For: Matsutake and the Worlds They Make". Agricultural History (pp. 696-698). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Di, Lu
Barak Kushner
Matthew C. Canfield
Jönsson, Erik
McCrow-Young, Ally
Collantes, Fernando
Science as Culture
Food, Culture and Society
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Indian Journal of History of Science
History of Science
Global Oriental
Texas A and M University
Yale University Press
University of California Press
Stanford University Press
Manchester University Press
Food and foods
Food industry and trade
Public health
Nutrition; dietetics
Time Periods
20th century, late
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
21st century
United States
Great Britain
Republic of China (1912-1949)
North Korea

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