During the hot summer months, mushrooms can be seen all over the ground. It’s also true that my heart starts beating when I see it. Mushrooms are truly beautiful. They come out of the ground without anyone noticing. They move quickly and quickly. They are soft to the touch, but they can break through asphalt and concrete. Some species eject their spores at speeds that reach 180,000 times the force of gravity in a split second. Finally, many types have mind-changing effects that open doors to spiritual experiences and lead to new medical discoveries.
It doesn’t matter how beautiful mushrooms are, though. They’re just the branches of the fungi that live below the surface. If you want to learn more about how fungal organisms have changed the world around us, you should read this book. It’s called “The Fungal World.” The eight books below show how the Fungi Kingdom is connected to the human world and how important it is to life on this crazy planet.
Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World by Paul Stamets
Mycelium Running was the first time I learned about mushrooms. It is both fun and thought-provoking to think about how important fungi are to human society. In this book, Stamets talks about the history of fungi and shows how many different kinds there are on Earth. In addition, he says that “mycorestoration” is a good idea. This is when mushrooms are grown intentionally to help save and restore the environment. As Stamets points out, fungi can break down toxins and waste, cleaning the ecosystems they live in. You’ll enjoy this book.
Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Shape Our Minds & Shape Our Futures, by Merlin Sheldrake
Merlin Sheldrake, who is like Stamets, talks about how fungi have a big impact on everything in his book, Entangled Life. When Sheldrake takes his readers on a fungal journey, he goes from the foothills of Bologna to the rain forests of Panama. Sheldrake also goes inside the mind of a person who is on drugs. For me, the most interesting part of the book is when he talks about how plants and fungi work together. Basically, plants hopped on fungi and used them as a root system to move from the sea to the land. There would be no plants as we know them if there were no fungi, so this is why. You should check out Entangled Life if you get a chance to do so.
The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America by Langdon Cook
Cook, a food writer, takes the reader on a journey into the world of mushroom foraging in his book, The Mushroom Hunters. Travelogue: Cook’s tells the stories of the people he meets while foraging for mushrooms. He lists the best places to find them and tells their stories. Foraging for mushrooms is an important business, and the man shows that it is worth a lot of money. Getting a stake in that business is like getting rich in the gold rush. From the dark and mysterious depths of forest to the tables of posh restaurants in the United States, the story of these mushrooms is very interesting. It is a great book to read.
Mushrooms Demystified by David Arora
David Arora’sMushrooms Demystified is still the best book for finding and foraging for mushrooms, even though it has over 1000 pages and would be a lot to carry in a backpack. These pages are full of useful advice, funny stories, and very detailed classification guides. Arora’s encyclopedia, on the other hand, has more than 2,000 types of mushrooms, and it has hundreds of pictures to help you find your favorite fungi in the wild. This book is a must-have for people who like to forage for mushrooms and mushrooms.
Mushroom: A Global History by Cynthia D. Bertelsen
Cynthia D. Bertelsen’s book about mushrooms is part of the Edible Books series from the University of Chicago Press. This series is both good and fun. Her short account of the fruiting fungi shows how mushrooms have been linked to religious practices, changes in agriculture and medicine, and wars between rival states. Bertelsen talks a lot about the history of mushrooms as a food and the huge industry that grew up around the world’s need for them. Mushroom is a short and quick book about the world of fungi. It is worth reading.
Mycophilia: Revelations from the Weird World of Mushrooms by Eugenia Bone
Eugenia Bone’s book, Mycophilia, is a love letter to the fungal world and the people who go mushroom-hunting with them. Bone has been president of the New York Mycological Society, so he knows this group very well. So, her book talks about a wide range of foragers, from people who just like to go for a walk to people who work for the commercial industry. Along the way, she talks about how people have used mushrooms in cooking and medicine for a long time. When Bone is in action, the best part of Mycophilia is seeing it in real life! She writes about her trips with foragers, talks with restaurant owners and people in the food business, and, most importantly, her love of mushrooms.
The Way Through the Woods: On Mushrooms and Mourning by Long Litt Woon
People say that “grief grinds slowly. It eats up as much time as possible.” Long Litt Woon’s memoir of grief and mushroom hunting starts here. After 32 years of marriage, Long’s husband died. She was lost in a world of sorrow when she decided to take a foraging class. It was a decision that changed the course of her whole life. It shows Long’s journey through grief and how she found a way to connect with the world through mushrooms. It is at the heart of her memoir that she believes that interacting with mushrooms and the natural world can change your life in a big way. Long’s book is a heartfelt read that gives a new look at the world of mold and other bugs.
Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World: An Identification Guide by Paul Stamets
Psilocybin mushrooms are on this list, so I couldn’t leave them out. Paul Stamets, the author of Mycelium Running, is a well-known expert on psychoactive fungi, and he has a lot of information about more than 100 species. A lot of the guide talks about how to find these special mushrooms in a safe way, as well as which poisonous mushrooms look like them and how to avoid them. In addition, he talks about how these mushrooms were used in ancient cultures around the world, as well as how they are used today. For a great trip, Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World is what you need to read first.