By Amy Farges
Black Trumpet, Yellowfoot, Enoki... the latest pop music sensations? Pro wrestlers? Nope, mushrooms. There are more types of fungi available across the country than ever before but getting familiar with them can be daunting.
Enter The Mushroom Lover's Mushroom Cookbook and Primer by Amy Farges. An irresistible, beautifully crafted exploration of all things mushroom, the book features more than 175 exquisite recipes, a "Mushroom 101" guide to selecting, storing, cleaning, and cooking, and a unique primer featuring full profiles and photos of more than 30 mushroom varieties.
Say the word "mushroom" and Amy Farges's head snaps around. As co-owner of the national mushroom retailer Marche Aux Delices, few have done more to popularize the formerly unavailable varieties of the fungus family in America. Working alongside her husband Thierry, she has developed public awareness for the provocative mystery and culinary diversity of mushrooms, delivering seminars, organizing tastings, and creating educational materials. The Mushroom Lover's Mushroom Cookbook and Primer synthesizes her passion and experience in a vivid study of all things mushroom.
The Mushroom Lover's Mushroom Cookbook and Primer features chapters on finger foods, openers, soups, salads, and serving mushrooms with meat, poultry, seafood, pasta, grains, and more. Soak up a steaming pot of Wild Mushroom and Multigrain Soup. Sink your teeth into a Big Fat Sirloin Steak with Red Wine, Marrow, and Wine Cap Mushrooms. Savor the wonderful simplicity of Bay Scallops with Sorrel and Chanterelles. There are even recipes for mushroom condiments (Portobello and Basil Salsa), mushroomy breads (Mushroom Cornmeal Muffins), and a few sweet endings that—except for Truffle Ice Cream—do not feature mushrooms or mushroom relatives but end a perfect mushroom meal.
The book concludes with a unique mushroom shopping primer to help you "taste your way through field and farm," including a guide to seasonal availability, pictures of each mushroom, descriptions, and tips for selecting and storage, preparation, cooking, and beginner recipes.
From Cremini and Chanterelle to Portobello and Puffball and beyond, The Mushroom Lover's Mushroom Cookbook and Primer is a mushroom extravaganza for all to savor.
Amy Farges entrée into the food business was as a stagiaire at La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Paris. Before joining her husband at Aux Delices des Bois, Amy worked the marketing, publishing, and public relations ends of the food business with such well known food personalities as Anne Willan and Barbara Kafka. In addition to her promotional efforts on behalf of mushrooms, she has published dozens of articles on food and travel. Amy lives in New York City with her family.
The Mushroom Lover's
Mushroom Cookbook and Primer
By Amy Farges
Workman Publishing, September, 2000
Paperback, $16.95, Hardcover: $26.95
ISBN: 0-7611-0660-X (Paperback)
ISBN: 0-7611-2202-8 (Hardcover)
Information provided by the publisher.
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