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    DescriptionIn the tradition of Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemma, "Susan Orlean's "The Orchid Thief, "and Mark Kurlansky's "Cod"--a renowned culinary adventurer goes into the woods with the iconoclasts and outlaws who seek the world's most coveted ingredient . . . and one of nature's last truly wild foods: the uncultivated, uncontrollable mushroom. Within the dark corners of America's forests grow culinary treasures. Chefs pay top dollar to showcase these elusive and beguiling ingredients on their menus. Whether dressing up a filet mignon with smoky morels or shaving luxurious white truffles over pasta, the most elegant restaurants across the country now feature an abundance of wild mushrooms. The mushroom hunters, by contrast, are a rough lot. They live in the wilderness and move with the seasons. Motivated by Gold Rush desires, they haul improbable quantities of fungi from the woods for cash. Langdon Cook embeds himself in this shadowy subculture, reporting from both rural fringes and big-city eateries with the flair of a novelist, uncovering along the way what might be the last gasp of frontier-style capitalism. Meet Doug, an ex-logger and crabber--now an itinerant mushroom picker trying to pay his bills and stay out of trouble; and Jeremy, a former cook turned wild food entrepreneur, crisscrossing the continent to build a business amid cutthroat competition; their friend Matt, an up-and-coming chef whose kitchen alchemy is turning heads; and the woman who inspires them all. Rich with the science and lore of edible fungi--from seductive chanterelles to exotic porcini--"The Mushroom Hunters" is equal parts gonzo travelogue and culinary history lesson, a rollicking, character-driven tour through a world that is by turns secretive, dangerous, and tragically American. Praise for "The Mushroom Hunters" "A rollicking narrative . . . Cook [delivers] vivid and cinematic scenes on every page."--"The Wall Street Journal" ""The Mushroom Hunters" lends fresh, sharp illumination to a little-known but vigorously contested patch of gastronomic turf. . . . [It's an] entertaining ramble through the woods with a group of ragtag characters."--"The Washington Post" "Like Susan Orlean in "The Orchid Thief, " Seattle author [Langdon] Cook shines a light on a shady subculture operating at the seam between wilderness and commerce. Like author Michael Pollan, he knows that every bite of food these days has a complex, often unsavory backstory. Like the late Hunter Thompson, he not only goes along for the ride with the shifty characters he's writing about, but drives the getaway car. After reading "The Mushroom Hunters, " you'll never look at a portobello the same way. . . . [A] beguiling, surprising book."--"The Seattle Times" " " "Not simply about mushrooms, this book examines human behavior, economics, food, society, and nature. In the end, readers will have learned a great deal about U.S. economic and social structures--all while being entertained and enlightened by stories of gastronomy and mushrooms. Highly recommended."--"Library Journal" " " "Intrepid and inspired."--"Publishers Weekly" " " "Uncultivated mushrooms are one of our last truly wild foods; it often takes truly wild and rough mushroom hunters to bring them to our table. Cook travels and hunts with them in a riveting, crazy undertaking, told in often-poetic prose."--"Shelf Awareness "


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    Title
    The Mushroom Hunters
    Subtitle
    On the Trail of an Underground America
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Langdon Cook
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 296
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 431 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780345536259
    ISBN 10: 0345536258
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCP
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.3
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: WNP
    DC21: 579.6
    B&T General Subject: 240
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 06
    BIC subject category V2: WBH
    Ingram Subject Code: NA
    Libri: I-NA
    DC22: 579.6
    BISAC V2.8: NAT022000
    BIC subject category V2: JFCV
    BISAC V2.8: SOC055000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14560
    B&T Approval Code: A97406000
    BISAC V2.8: CKB059000
    B&T Approval Code: A62701500
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: QK617 .C685 2013
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    Publisher
    Ballantine Books
    Imprint name
    Ballantine Books
    Publication date
    10 September 2013
    Author Information
    Langdon Cook is the author of "Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager, " which "The Seattle Times "called "lyrical, practical and quixotic." Cook has been profiled on the Travel Channel," "in "Bon Appetit, ""WSJ" magazine, "Whole Living, " and Salon.com, and his writing has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including "Sunset, Gray's Sporting Journal, " and "Outside." He is also a columnist for "Seattle" magazine and has been the recipient of many grants and awards. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.
    Review quote
    "A rollicking narrative . . . Cook [delivers] vivid and cinematic scenes on every page."--"The Wall Street Journal" ""The Mushroom Hunters" lends fresh, sharp illumination to a little-known but vigorously contested patch of gastronomic turf. . . . [It's an] entertaining ramble through the woods with a group of ragtag characters."--"The Washington Post" "Like Susan Orlean in "The Orchid Thief, " Seattle author [Langdon] Cook shines a light on a shady subculture operating at the seam between wilderness and commerce. Like author Michael Pollan, he knows that every bite of food these days has a complex, often unsavory backstory. Like the late Hunter Thompson, he not only goes along for the ride with the shifty characters he's writing about, but drives the getaway car. After reading "The Mushroom Hunters, " you'll never look at a portobello the same way. . . . [A] beguiling, surprising book."--"The Seattle Times" " " "Not simply about mushrooms, this book examines human behavior, economics, food, society, and nature. In the end, readers will have learned a great deal about U.S. economic and social structures--all while being entertained and enlightened by stories of gastronomy and mushrooms. Highly recommended."--"Library Journal" " " "Intrepid and inspired."--"Publishers Weekly" " " "Uncultivated mushrooms are one of our last truly wild foods; it often takes truly wild and rough mushroom hunters to bring them to our table. Cook travels and hunts with them in a riveting, crazy undertaking, told in often-poetic prose."--"Shelf Awareness" " " "Cook's sketches of these unique and idiosyncratic characters aren't always wholly sympathetic, but he makes every one of them real."--"Booklist" "If you've never thought of using the words 'mushroom' and 'adventure' in the same sentence, this gripping book will force you to reconsider."--Bill McKibben, author of "Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist" "With supe