I just wanted to share with all of you an exciting moment: I just laid eyes on my new book – Mushroom: A Global History – and promptly burst into tears. I just couldn’t keep a stiff upper lip when I saw the result of years of work on my part and on the part […]Read more "A New “Baby” in the House! Mushroom: A Global History, That Is"
I grew up thinking that mushrooms came out of a small flat can or a squat glass bottle, both usually adorned with a picture of a bald-headed guy dressed in a tight white T-shirt. Or maybe that was another brand? Given that most people did not dare eat the mushrooms they saw popping up after […]Read more "Preserved Mushrooms: Choice Gems from a Few Examples of Historic Cuisine"
It’s hard to imagine another form of earthly life that has affected human beings as much as the kingdom Fungi. Seeking the taste and perceived medicinal benefits of mushrooms,human beings followed a path from superstition to science: from foraging to farming, from medieval old wives’ tales to modern clinical trials, and from food eaten to […]Read more "Mushrooms on My Mind, Naturally"
I am thrilled to announce that my new book about the culinary history of mushrooms is due out in September 2013. A sneak preview: Known as the meat of the vegetable world, mushrooms have their ardent supporters as well as their fierce detractors. Hobbits go crazy over them, while Diderot thought they should be “sent […]Read more "Mushroom: A Global History – New book coming out"
Mushrooms abound in the markets of France in October and early November. And since I found stalls bursting with all sorts of mushrooms, I began to wonder if there were any “street cries” or market songs or whatever you might wish to call them peculiar to mushrooms. Associated with various métiers (or trades) dating back […]Read more "Cris de Paris: The Street Criers of Paris in Bygone Days"