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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (31 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580085792
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580085793
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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As a physician and practitioner of integrative medicine, I find this book exciting and optimistic because it suggests new, nonharmful possibilities for solving serious problems that affect our health and the health of our environment. Paul Stamets has come up with those possibilities by observing an area of the natural world most of us have ignored. He has directed his attention to mushrooms and mycelium and has used his unique intelligence and intuition to make discoveries of great practical import. I think you will find it hard not to share the enthusiasm and passion he brings to these pages.
--From the foreword by Andrew Weil, MD, author of Eating Well for Optimum Health
-Stamets is a visionary emissary from the fungus kingdom to our world, and the message he's brought back in this book, about the possibilities fungi hold for healing the environment, will fill you with wonder and hope.-
--Michael Pollan, author of The Botany of Desire
-This is the kind of book I love: highly factual and practical and mixed with the spiritual content that sets the great writers apart from all the rest.-
--John Norris, former deputy commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and founder of the Bioterrorism Institute
-This is the first book to give the Kingdom of the Fungi its proper place in the scheme of things. It is the most important book on nature that I've seen in years.-
--Gary Lincoff, author of National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms
-A paradigm-changing book. Stamets's visionary insights are leading to a whole new understanding of how mushrooms, scarcely seen and rarely appreciated, regulate the earth's ecosystems.-
--John Todd, founder and president of Ocean Arks International
-This visionary and practical book should be an instant classic in the emerging science of how to use nature's wisdom and fecundity to rescue the earth and ourselves from the unwelcome consequences of human cleverness.-
--Amory B. Lovins, chief executive officer of Rocky Mountain Institute
-This gospel of fungi contains crucial pragmatic solutions showing us how to work with nature in order to heal nature.-
--Kenny Ausubel, founder and co-executive director of Bioneers
-In his respectful and casual way, Paul brings depth and clarity to the complexity of fungi and its place in the natural order, all the while engaging us in fungi knowledge for healing our planet.-
--Guujaaw, president of the Haida Council, Haida Nation
-Stamets's best work to date, Mycelium Running provides a wealth of information showing how fungal mycelia and mushrooms can profoundly improve the quality of human life. Should be mandatory reading for government policy makers.-
--S. T. Chang, professor emeritus, Chinese University of Hong Kong

About the Author

PAUL STAMETS, founder of Fungi Perfecti (www.fungi.com), has been a dedicated mycologist for more than thirty years. He is the 1998 recipient of the Collective Heritage Institute's Bioneers Award and the 1999 recipient of the Founder of a New Northwest Award from the Pacific Rim Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils. Stamets has written five books on mushroom cultivation, use, and identification and numerous articles and scholarly papers on medicinal, culinary, and psycho-active mushrooms. His books Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms and The Mushroom Cultivator (co-author) have long been hailed as the definitive texts on mushroom cultivation.


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An excellent handbook for everyone now taking an interest in a branch of life that has been shunned for far too long.
Well-written, well-illustrated, and with many references for further reading, this is a book that takes readers way beyond the idea that mushrooms are merely useful as food. Introducing concepts of fungi as life-saving medicines, forestry protection (myco-forestry) and land reclamation (myco-remediation), it really gets you up out of your chair and experimenting at home or in your garden.
Initially, I had bought this book as a guide to help me do a better job of growing-my-own. Now I have several species of mushrooms growing in various substrates, all ticking away nicely. And not all of them will be for food. Two are medicinal and one is for helping to restore part of my garden to health.
Under the heading of myco-forestry, this book describes a better and far less exhausting way of handling problems with the Honey Fungus problem that affects so many trees & shrubs. (If you look up the RHS site for the way they propose you tackle this dreadful blight, you will see the outdated, potentially expensive, invasive, messy, and frankly body-wrecking technique of digging out a 2ft depth of soil in the area where an affected tree used to be - yeah, you try doing that here, with chunks of slate the size of paving slabs just a few inches under the soil surface!
Paul Stamets' way of tackling this problem is much easier on the old joints, and all it takes is a bit of looking about either online or with a guide book when walking through the countryside.
Myco-remediation is a real eye-opener of a chapter, where you can transform land that has been poisoned through anything from farm effluent run-off to industrial waste to oil spills.
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This comprehensive and well written book provides a vast amount of information about mycelium: what it is, how it relates to other plants and what it does for them and for itself. Well worth reading, particularly if you want to recover a brown-field site or improve your own soil. Once you've read this book, do some research into biochar, volcanic rock dust and composting. Once you've done that you can create a nutrient rich soil that will allow you to grow healthy, nutritious edible plants indefinitely.
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Not always the easiest book to read, especially if like me you are not a scientist, but I defy you not to be changed and caught up by the writer's enthusiasm for his subject. Displays the huge potential for humanity in discovering what this branch of nature can offer to both heal and feed mankind.
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I've always appreciated people who have that one great calling in their life, and they give all they have to that one thing. Paul Stamets surely is passionate about his mushrooms. And that comes through in this one-of-a-kind book in a very good way. Stamets tells you stuff about mushrooms that will blow your mind away, you will have a new respect for these strange lifeforms after reading this book. Even if you didn't know much about 'shrooms before reading this book, or even if you wouldn't even feel interested in them in the first place, I would still recommend reading this book, it's that novel.

The book is really well made, lots of good photos and easy reading. Stamets tells many ways how you could grow your own mushrooms, but I don't think he goes enough into details in this department, at least I would have liked a bit more detailed advice.
If we would have more people like Stamets, the planet might have more hope for the future. I would have given four-and-a-half stars if possible.
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Mycelium Running is a book full of Natures wisdom.
Comprehensive, extensive, enlightening and inspiring; Paul Stamets gives one an easy to read, engaging and well reasearched view of this little known planetary force.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the Natural world.
It's about how to purify water, grow plants better, heal your body and eat well, all through the magic of fungi.
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This book is great, written with style humour and charm. Jam-packed with info on many different species and strains of fungi, including sections on the culinary and medicinal values of each. The book also covers subjects such as mycorestoration, mycoforestry and mycopesticides. There is also good advice and info on cultivating mushrooms yourself and how to simulate the natural environment in which the species are naturally found. The book also covers some of the basics, such as life cycles and basic biology. An absolute must for mycologists or anyone interested in how mushrooms can benefit humanity.
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This book makes a complicated subject understandable, interesting, and inspired me to investigate running my own mycelium. Buy this book, and lift the lid on a whole new world.
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A beautifully written and cohesive book, covering both the basics to mycorestoration as well as very in depth knowledge on all that is mycelium related! Whether you are looking to begin growing your own mushrooms in various techniques, or learn various methods of clearing polluted environments with the help of mushrooms, this book is for you! A great read, and very well illustrated. Am looking forward to reading more of Stamets' work!
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