- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mycelium Running: A Guide to Healing the Planet through Gardening with Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms Paperback – 31 Jul 2004
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a recomended buy, other than using it for a reference not much use for it...Published 9 months ago by Mr Bean
Great Book. Thanks so much for this awesome content Paul! Still haven't started my farm though.Published 14 months ago by Oscar
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