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A detailed and comprehensive guide for growing and using gourmet and medicinal mushrooms commercially or at home.“Absolutely the best book in the world on how to grow diverse and delicious mushrooms.”—David Arora, author of Mushrooms Demystified With precise growth parameters for thirty-one mushroom species, this bible of mushroom cultivation includes gardening tips, state-of-the-art production techniques, realistic advice for laboratory and growing room construction, tasty mushroom recipes, and an invaluable troubleshooting guide. More than 500 photographs, illustrations, and charts clearly identify each stage of cultivation, and a twenty-four-page color insert spotlights the intense beauty of various mushroom species. Whether you’re an ecologist, a chef, a forager, a pharmacologist, a commercial grower, or a home gardener—this indispensable handbook will get you started, help your garden succeed, and make your mycological landscapes the envy of the neighborhood.

Paul Stamets
October 25, 2000
592 pages

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“The most comprehensive manual of mushroom cultivation ever—filled with readable, useful informationabout every known mushroom species that people esteem for food and for medicine. Expanded, improved, and destined to be a classic.”—Dr. Andrew Weil, author of Spontaneous Healine and 8 Weeks to Optimum Health About the Author Paul Stamets is the founder of Fungi Perfecti and codirector and founder of the Rainforest Mushroom Genome and Mycodiversity Preservation Project. He is the author of two seminal textbooks, The Mushroom Cultivator and Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms, has been published in numerous journals, and is presenting more lectures on mycology than he can keep track of. An advisor and consultant to the Program for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Medical School and the 1998 recipient of the Collective Heritage Institute’s Bioneers Award, Stamets lives in Kamilche Point, Washington with his collection of more than 250 medicinal mushroom cultures. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. IntroductionMushrooms have never ceased to amaze me. The more I study them, the more I realize how little I have known, and how much more there is to learn. For thousands of years, fungi have evoked a host of responses from people—from fear and loathing to reverent adulation. And I am no exception.When I was a little boy, wild mushrooms were looked upon with foreboding. It was not as if my parents were afraid of them, but our Irish heritage lacked a tradition of teaching children anything nice about mushrooms. In this peculiar climate of ignorance, rains fell and mushrooms magically sprang forth, wilted in the sun, rotted, and vanished without a trace. Given the scare stories told about “experts” dying after eating wild mushrooms, my family gave me the best advice they could: Stay away from all mushrooms, except those bought in the store. Naturally rebellious, I took this admonition as a challenge, a call to arms, firing up an already overactive imagination in a boy hungry for excitement.When we were seven, my twin brother and I made a startling mycological discovery—Puffballs! We were told that they were not poisonous but if the spores got into our eyes, we would be instantly blinded! This information was quickly put to good use. We would viciously assault each other with mature puffballs, which would burst upon impact and emit a cloud of brown spores. The battle would continue until all the puffballs in sight had been hurled. They provided us with hours of delight over the years. Neither one of us ever went blind—although we both suffer from very poor eyesight. You must realize that to a seven-year-old these free, ready-made missiles satisfied instincts for warfare on the most primal of levels. This is my earliest memory of mushrooms, and to this day I consider it to be a positive emotional experience. (Although I admit a psychiatrist might like to explore these feelings in greater detail.)Not until I became a teenager did my hunter-gatherer instincts resurface, when a relative returned from extensive travels in South America. With a twinkle in his eyes, he spoke of his experiences with the sacred Psilocybe mushrooms. I immediately set out to find these species, not in the jungles of Colombia, but in the fields and forests of Washington State where they were rumored to grow. For the first several years, my searches provided me with an abundance of excellent edible species, but no Psilocybes. Nevertheless, I was hooked.When hiking through the mountains, I encountered so many mushrooms. Each was a mystery until I could match them with descriptions in a field guide. I soon came to learn that a mushroom was described as “edible,” “poisonous,” or my favorite, “unknown,” based on the experiences of others like me, who boldly ingested them. People are rarely neutral in their opinion about mushrooms—either they love them or they hate them. I took delight in striking fear into the hearts of the latter group, whose illogical distrust of fungi provoked my overactive imagination.When I enrolled in the Evergreen State College in 1975, my skills at mushroom identification earned the support of a professor with similar interests. My initial interest was taxonomy, and I soon focused on fungal microscopy. The scanning electron microscope revealed new worlds, dimensional landscapes I never dreamed possible. As my interest grew, the need for fresh material year-round became essential. Naturally, these needs were aptly met by learning cultivation techniques, first in petri dishes, then on grain, and eventually on a wide variety of materials. In the quest for fresh specimens, I had embarked upon an irrevocable path that would steer my life on its current odyssey. Read more <div id="

  • This book is fantastic! It’s a textbook more than anything. I’m a scientist (but not biology) and it makes perfect sense. If you struggle with technical details he’s got you covered, it’s also pretty simple to follow his points. As I’m reading I start thinking “ok, so what about if you don’t have that?” Or “so what is an agar medium anyway?” And literally the next section is devoted to my question. It’s clear that the full picture is being laid out in a natural and easy to follow format. There’s such a wealth of knowledge here! If you only take away the bullet points you’ll still be able to put together a great mushroom patch. If you like to know the “why” behind things you do then it’s all there. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand how the mushroom life cyle works and how to grow them in a plethora of methods.
  • This is Paul Stemets continuation and addition to his original how-to book, “Mushroom Cultivator”. I own both of these books and refer back to them often. This one goes into cultivation techniques at a more advanced level. Some of the ideas are more up-to-date as it was written many years later. This book covers a wider range of mushroom species and growth parameters. I would definitely recommend both of his books to anyone interested in growing mushrooms. This book also has a large section of color photographs, which his previous book does not. This book also covers more aspects of commercial cultivation of many species of mushrooms. I’ve used specific recipes from this book to mix my own agar for petri dishes, make my own mushroom spawn, and growing substrate. I’ve used the recommended temperature/humidity ranges with great success for growing Oyster, Lion’s Mane, and Shiitake mushrooms. While there have been improvements on some of the techniques and ideas outlined by this book, since it’s last revision, this book still offers the most complete and decisive understanding of mushroom cultivation as a whole. This is great book for beginners and experienced growers alike.
  • I am a Paul fan, but, if you are purchasing this ONLY to make magic… I would recommend another book on amazon that has the title The Psilocybin Mushroom Bible. That is more of a step by step guide which has very good and clear photos, well writing and has subtle humor. The bible is straight to the point to make magic. This book feels pretty retro. Most of the photos seem like they were taking in the 70’s (probably because they are! Haha). And their isn’t really a step by step setup. But this book will teach you about cultivating many many many other mushrooms. This book doesnt seem very fitting for virgin mushroom cultivators like me. But I am glad to support Paul.
  • you need to get 3 books in the series, Mycelium Running, The Mushroom Cultivator, MycoMedicinals, and this book, growing gourmet and medicinal mushrooms! u need to have a small library of books if ur going to do it right. Here is a very practical book for growing them on a small scale, like at home, like me!! its “the essential guide to “Cultivating Mushrooms”< in big letters on the cover! by Stephen Russell !! this is an excellent practical book, in plain English, not so much in technical names, and it very good at showing exactly how to do it !! the other 3 go in to more detail, if u want to know more, but this last books tells it how it is in real life and in your backyard or basement. you will never know how good or bad it is, if u don't start ordering some soon! u may pick up only 1 tip from a whole book, but that tip maybe the key to ur success or ur failure!that's the cost of doing business!!
  • Paul Staments writes a great detailed book about growing gourmet and medicinal mushrooms. His book is comprehensive and gives the reader more than enough knowledge to start growing mushrooms. I had some experience growing mushrooms prior to beginning to read this book and still benefited immensely from this book. I highly recommend this book for any experience level grower. I have successfully cultivated blue oyster and reishi mushrooms following the guidance given in this book. I have created master cultures, petree dish cultures and mushroom grow medium all following advice from this book.
  • Textbook style in its size, weight and depth of explanation. A “bible” as some have called it, and the natural brother to Stamets other cultivation books.Definitely an important pickup for any aspiring grower, if for no other reason than as a reference material for edible mushrooms.This is NOT a mushroom identification guide, and should not be purchased with that intent.
  • Nice, thick, full of photos, scholarly research and bibliography. I just wish some photos could have been printed in color. Author, Stamets, an expert, please publish the colors, we need them. Text information is spectacular. Better photos PLEASE!
  • I was looking for something I could read as a beginner to start growing my own mushrooms, this book is not it. It is however jam packed full of information, but is just somewhat difficult to sift through all of it an get a good understanding on what I am doing without a bunch of reading….this book is way thicker than I had imagined it would be. If you are looking for a book on mushrooms and have a good background on them and looking to fine tune your skills this would be helpful for you. If your are like me and just looking to get started I would choose something less confusing.
  • This book contains a wealth of useful information about all aspects of mushroom cultivation. Though, from the point of view of a beginner, much of the information relates to large scale cultivation and laboratory techniques, all of it is relevant and adaptable to inform and improve simple home growing techniques. The genuine enthusiasm of the author comes across throughout, and the broad range of fungi knowledge presented will give the reader a good basic understanding of how fungi actually function, both in cultivation and in the wild, which is really important to be able to culture them effectively. The most useful section of all, in my optinion, is the section giving a full analysis of each cultivated species covered by the book. This gives the grower the exact tempertures, humidities, timescales etc. to aim for to get optimal results, which is obviously a great help when you’re trying to get things working.
  • Bought this for my oldest stepson. He really liked it and started growing mushrooms in my in-laws basement. Which personally I think is hilarious and is driving them up the wall. So for this I give 4 stars… But hasn’t landed them in a home yet so Not getting 5 stars.
  • References in up-dated version don’t seem to match page numbers, however, still a comprehensive reference book for mushroom growers.
  • Very thorough
  • This book is a very comprehensive guide.There is a bit of cultural and scientific history.There is a bit of philosophy and visionary ideas.There are a lot of facts, data, tables, techniques etc etc etcSeems to be a complete handbook, and the day I discovery what it lacks on the subject, I will be able to call myself a top expert on the subject. I seriously doubt that that can happen without an incredible amount of time and effort.
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