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A Cook's Book of Mushrooms: With 100 Recipes for Common and Uncommon Varieties Hardcover – January 5, 1995

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Just a few years ago, the only mushrooms available in most markets were cultivated white ones. Now even supermarkets often have portobellos and shiitakes, and specialty markets offer a wide selection. Czarnecki, chef/proprietor of Joe's Restaurant in eastern Pennsylvania, is well known as a mushroom authority. He writes about mushroom hunting in almost mystical terms while providing reliable information on a great variety of common and exotic mushrooms, both cultivated and wild. He also includes 100 mushroom recipes, many of them quite unusual; all are accompanied by wine suggestions. Jane Grigson's The Mushroom Feast (1975) remains notable but was published 20 years ago; most libraries will want this up-to-date culinary guide.
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As much a philosopher's guide as a chef's recipe collection, Czarnecki's book translates the visceral thrill of mushroom hunting into print. He talks of the myths (fungi are prolific only where angels have stomped and thus created rain, for instance); even more, he speaks knowledgeably about all kinds of fungi, from the scarce, rare, expensive truffle to the ubiquitous button mushroom, and discusses their varieties, nicknames, health and culinary properties, and geographic locations. The recipes from his Pennsylvania restaurant, though a bit upscale in taste, don't force the ingredient into odd combinations. Thoughtful and enthusiastic words and dishes for both city and country dwellers. Barbara Jacobs
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan (January 5, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885183070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885183071
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #609,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 10, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Jack's recipes are delicious, simple and classy. He marries ingredients in a creative fashion, and the results are outstanding dishes that are full of intense and delicate flavors. His book also offers a comprehensive guide for the mushroom lover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Migdal on June 6, 2012
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This book is a gem expensive but if you hunt or cook with fungi it is must. Menus and descriptions are the best I have read. Amuse as reading or hobby
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The 100 recipes in this cookbook will sate the any fungophile's appetite. Mushroom hunter and chef Jack Czarnecki brings us a broad variation from Portobello Pizza to Truffle Tart with Stilton and Stinging Nettles, and from Curried Brandade with Black Trumpets to Matsutake in Dashi. The seven chapters are focused on types of mushrooms (e.g. morels, chantarelles, button, etc.). At the beginning of each chapter, Czarnecki talks about the growth habit, where to find and how to use the mushroom. There are some recipes where the mushrooms take the staring role and others where they accompany a meat or vegetable. The instructions are clear to follow to produce a mouth-watering dish. Many recipes are illustrated by beautiful photographs.

This is a fantastic cookbook, especially when you have brought home some exotic mushrooms from the farmers' market and are wondering what to cook with them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By finola diaz on February 7, 2014
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Very clear explanations, easy to make. Fun to read about. It won a James Beard award a few years back.
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It is a very nice book with lots of information on Mushrooms. Can't wait to try some of the receipes. As I love mushrooms it is perfect for me.
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It should be edited so that beginners can better understand it. I will, however use it for reference. so there
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