The Mushroom Lover’s Cookbook and Primer is an “in-store field guide”, reference book, and cookbook rolled into one, and is written by someone who knows her mushrooms well. Amy Farges has been selling wild and exotic mushrooms through New York City based Aux Delices des Bois since the late 80’s, and has cooked her way through over 50 seasons of porcinis and portobellos, chanterelles, blewits, and hedgehogs. She knows the secrets and nuances of each mushroom, what to pair them with, and how to best bring out their distinctive flavors in the kitchen.
Some of our favorite dishes include… Risotto with Corn and Chanterelles; Slow Roasted Cremini with Barley; Mushroom Stuffed Mini Pumpkins; Roast Chicken with Chanterelle and Apricot Stuffing; Matsutakes Simmered with Chinese Black Beans and Roasted Portobello Caps with Warm Bean Filling… 175 recipes in all. These are realistic, homey dishes for home cooks who happen to love mushrooms.
A nice bonus is the “Mushroom Primer” section that offers full profiles and photographs of 40 exotic mushrooms featured in the cookbook and provides a quick low-down on how to select, prepare, and cook each mushroom, along with a recipe for beginners. Whether you forage for your fungi in the forest, farmer’s markets, or supermarket, this book will provide you with many great ideas and recipes to keep even the keenest mushroom enthusiast happily cooking.
“Amy’s book more than illustrates her passion for the ‘mighty’ mushroom and will provide any cook with both practical information and culinary inspiration.”—Daniel Boulud
Categories - Gardening, Wild Food