In her remarkable book, Mycophilia: Revelations from the Weird World of Mushrooms, Eugenia Bone searches for delicious truffles and morels, learns about mushroom “farming”, and meets a fascinating array of mycologists and mushroom hunters. Bone’s personal obsession with cooking and eating mushrooms permeates the book and focuses the occasionally rambling narration.
While I enjoyed learning about mushroom biology and the morphology and use of different mushroom species, I thought that the book’s greatest strength is its insightful and hilarious depictions of Bone’s fellow mushroom hunters. I also enjoyed the photographs that Bone includes throughout the text. Her descriptions of the forests of Oregon, Colorado, and Cape Cod are truly mesmerizing and rival those of our country’s greatest nature writers.
My current home state of Oregon is a mecca for mycologists and mushroom hunters. After reading Eugenia Bone’s Mycophilia, I’m now inspired to look for some mushrooms of my own.
Review Submitted by: Kaitlyn Grigsby
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