Mushrooming: An Illustrated Guide to the Fantastic, Delicious, Deadly, and Strange World of Fungi (Hardcover)
An illustrated guide to over 100 types of mushrooms, offering insights and stories about these mysterious organisms
An incredible diversity of fungi is flourishing all around us, not just in the forest but in parks, markets, and even museums. Once you know how to look, you can find mushrooms named after fairies and demons, mushrooms that look so much like woodland birds they are shot at by hunters, mushrooms that glow in the dark . . . and so much more.
Beyond serving as a guide for identification, Mushrooming explores how “the quiet hunt” can radically expand our perspectives, connect us to nature, and enrich our lives. Whether you’re a beginner forager or an expert mycophile, this is the perfect handbook to spark your curiosity and deepen your appreciation for the fantastic, delicious, deadly, and strange world of fungi.
About the Author
Diane Borsato is an award-winning artist exhibited in galleries and museums internationally. An associate professor at the University of Guelph in Ontario, she teaches advanced courses in experimental studio.
Kelsey Oseid is an illustrator, author, and amateur naturalist. Her gouache illustrations focus on natural history and astronomy. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“Absolutely terrific. This is a volume that, at first glance, is a field guide. But peering closer, as every mycologist knows, brings reward. Borsato’s species descriptions are bright and lyrical; accompanying caps and stems rendered lovingly by Oseid. From art to culture to food, Mushrooming is a celebration of the human relationship with fungi.”—Jonathan C. Slaght, author of Owls of the Eastern Ice
“Mushrooming is, in every way, a delightful book.”—Eugenia Bone, author of Mycophilia
“Every turn of the page in Mushrooming reveals surprising delights, between the eye-catching illustrations, cleverly quippy commentary, and insightful background information. Whether you’re the sort to dig in the dirt in search of mushrooms, are considering your next gastronomic adventure, or are simply eager to learn more about the natural history of our fungal friends—this book will speak to the mycologist in everyone.”—Emily Graslie, science writer and creator of ART LAB
“Fungi are an order so mysterious they push our wonder and horror buttons simultaneously. In Mushrooming, Borsato uses her radical curiosity to consider what they have to teach us about interconnection, the diversity of life, and the wildly creative possibilities of risk and attention.”—Shary Boyle, artist