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Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms

Growing Gourmet and Medicinal MushroomsRegular readers will remember how Mycelium Running sent me on a quest to propagate our edible mushrooms cheaply.  Paul Stamets' enthusiasm was so contagious that I've spent the last nine months experimenting (with semi-success, which I'll discuss later.)  I reached a point where I needed to know more, so I requested another one of his books on interlibrary loan.

The 574 page Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms arrived at my library a few weeks ago, and I've been reading it ever since.   This book is more technical than Mycelium Running, since the purpose is to provide the information new commerical growers need to start their operation.  The result is a book that is slightly more tedious than Mycelium Running, so I can't recommend it to the general reader quite as whole-heartedly.

Nevertheless, Stamets' enthusiasm shines through...along with so much information that I'm struggling to pare it down to fit into two lunchtime series!  After reading the book from cover to cover, I seem to have come up with twice as many questions as I started with, but at least my original questions got answered.

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This post is part of our Growing Gourmet Mushrooms lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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