"I think it's fair to say that most professional cooks are generalists, as comfortable breaking down a game bird as they are layering a ratatouille. Pastry chefs excepted, it's rare for them to focus on just one tiny corner of the food pyramid. But Seattle-based chef Becky Selengut has a thing for fungi, and we should all be grateful for that.
Chapter by chapter, Shroom offers up a careful selection of just 15 relatively easy-to-find varieties. The recipes are tributes to each mushroom's specific character: meaty shiitakes standing up to soy and fish sauce and glamming it up over plain rice; delicate-flavored, buttery chanterelles gently jostled among aromatics and herbs; woodsy black trumpets enhanced with smoke and wine; costly truffles married with rich meats. And because readily available dried mushrooms are in many cases even more powerful than their fresh counterparts, you can commune with your inner hobbit both in and out of season."
(T. Susan Chang, NPR)
"Shroom" is both a primer that should sit on every kitchen shelf and a class with a chef..."
"The photography is amazing..."
"...you’ll be a better person for having flipped through the pages." (Sarah Platanitis, Mass Live)