"This book of marvels is generous of heart and imbued with the deep sensitivity of true foragers. The Blizzards have the rare gift of intimately knowing these wild mushrooms like old friends: their unique personalities, their eccentric culinary traits, and the special secrets to keeping them a part of your life and kitchen all year long. The superb recipes and preservation methods make this book the best wild mushroom forager's guide to date."
--Connie Green, Wine Forest Wild Foods, author of The Wild Table
"Trent and Kristen have done a great job compiling recipes from talented foragers, telling their stories, as well as distilling down mushroom hunting knowledge only years of experience can provide. Wild Mushrooms will happily form a symbiosis with your field guides, as well as your kitchen."
--Alan Bergo, forager & chef
"Join the thrill of the hunt with foragers Kristen and Trent Blizzard in an intimate glimpse into a community of mushroomers who relish fungal feasts. Much more than a field guide or a cookbook, Wild Mushrooms offers comprehensive instructions on cleaning and preserving your haul, along with 115 savory, sweet, and medicinal recipes honed to perfection by more than two dozen chefs and home cooks who share the Blizzards' love of wild mushrooms. They weave nearly a decade of experiences foraging in the mountain states, Pacific Northwest, and Midwest through the book, and spent over a year collecting, testing recipes, and photographing the mouthwatering creations in this handsome collection.
Destined to be a leading authority in its class, this volume adds immeasurable value to the handful of wild mushroom cookbooks on the market. It manages to preserve the best of these with the conviviality of a community cookbook, but adding a professional and comprehensive focus with enough wit and wonder to provide an invaluable resource for beginners as well as seasoned mushroom hunters.
The globally inspired recipes range from practical to unusual, with basic techniques like grilling, pickling, and drying elevated by more fanciful creations, including Chanterelle Apricot Sorbet, Porcini and Gruyère Gougeres, Savory Matsutake Daikon Cake, and Candy Cap Mushroom Popsicles. Interspersed with pro tips and stunning, minimalist images of each species are biographies and anecdotes from passionate mushroomers the Blizzards have come to know in their years attending festivals and joining forays across the country.
I highly recommend it and look forward to sampling each and every recipe."
--Jennifer Burns Bright, PhD, food educator, travel writer, forager, and lover of all mushrooms wild and wonderful