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Books about Mushrooms

Updated: Mar 26


Two wild mushrooms growing in the grass.

Mushrooms seem to be having a moment. I live in Philadelphia, and the mushroom scene is exploding. The Philadelphia Mycology Club has tons of members and mushrooms seem to be popping up everywhere, pun intended. Near Philadelphia is Kennett Square, which is known as the Mushroom Capital of the World. If you have gotten bitten by the mushroom bug, and are looking for books about mushrooms and fungi to grow your knowledge, this is the list for you. Just a quick reminder that if you click on one of the links, I may make a commission at no additional charge to you. The links below will take you to Amazon. If you prefer to support independent bookstores, check out my curated lists on Bookshop.com.


Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures by  Merlin Sheldrake



The Entangled Life

Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake is a deep dive into the amazing world of fungi. Sheldrake is a scientist, so the book is written with a scientific focus. From the very first chapter detailing what it’s like to be a fungus, you’ll take a whirlwind tour of mushrooms and fungi. You’ll come away with a new understanding of how entangled our lives are with fungi and you’ll never look at a mushroom the same way again.

Entangled Life: The Illustrated Edition: How Fungi Make Our Worlds by Merlin Sheldrake

The Future Is Fungi: How Fungi Feed Us, Heal Us, and Save Our World by Michael Lim & Yun

The Secret Life of Fungi: Discoveries From a Hidden World  by Aliya Whiteley

Fruiting Bodies: Stories by Kathryn Harlan

Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World by Paul Stamets

Mycophilia: Revelations from the Weird World of Mushrooms by E. Bone



Mycophilia

I don’t really enjoy eating mushrooms; I much prefer to take photos of them. But I know that I am in the minority. If you are a foodie and a lover of mushrooms, then Mycophilia: Revelations from the Weird World of Mushrooms is the mushroom book for you. The author is a food writer and cookbook author, so the culinary aspect of mushrooms is a central theme in the book. But Mycophilia will also take you to mushroom festivals and alongside cultivators of exotic mushrooms and will teach you about the integral role fungi have in our shared world.

Fantastic Fungi: How Mushrooms Can Heal, Shift Consciousness, and Save the Planet by Paul Stamets

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan

Blight: Fungi and the Coming Pandemic by Emily Monosson


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