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Healing Mushrooms: A Practical and Culinary Guide to Using Mushrooms for Whole Body Health Paperback – October 10, 2017
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"Mushrooms are one of the most underrated functional foods for improved physical performance, cognitive ability, and longevity. Everybody should learn why and how to incorporate them to their diet, and Tero is the ultimate dude to teach you just that."
—Ben Greenfield, athlete and author of the New York Times bestseller Beyond Training
“The medicinal value of mushrooms has long been neglected in the West. Healing Mushrooms seeks to change that, one cup of chaga chai at a time.”
—Eugenia Bone, author of Mycophilia
"What a gift. Tero Isokauppila has distilled 12 generations of wisdom around the power of food and jammed it into this amazing book. It's a much-needed reminder that we should look to our diets to cure what ails us."
—Marco Canora, chef, restaurateur, and author
“If you care about your health, it's time to get smart about mushrooms. Not only will you experience culinary and gustatory delight, but these medicinal fungi might just help you live longer, too."
—Abel James, New York Times bestselling author of The Wild Diet
"I'm in awe of Tero's commitment to wellness, and his passion for the fungi kingdom. This book is a deep dive into the healing benefits of mushrooms — a must-read for anyone seeking optimal health."
—Gabrielle Bernstein, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Universe Has Your Back
“From soups to smoothies, shroom sushi to shiitake jerky, Healing Mushrooms shows you how to spice up your usual comfort foods, expand your family’s palettes and teaches you about the ten mushrooms everybody needs to add to their grocery list.”
—Cat Cora, world-renowned chef, restaurateur, and author
"Tero is the mushroom master! I love his passion and knowledge of these medicinal mushrooms that have changed the game in the health and nutrition industry!"
—Drew Manning, personal trainer and New York Times bestselling author of Fit2Fat2Fit
“I lift my green smoothie in honor of Tero Isokauppila and his gorgeous gift of adaptogenic magic into a world hungry for accessible and natural health. Cheers!”
—Kathryn Budig, author of Aim True and co-host of espnW's Free Cookies
"Healing Mushrooms is a fantastic resource for educating yourself about the powerful wellness benefits of these fascinating fungi!"
—Kimberly Snyder, nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author of Radical Beauty
"We finally have the definitive guide to understanding the remarkable benefits of medicinal mushrooms. Tero makes learning about these powerful mushrooms fun and accessible for everyone. If you're interested in being the healthiest, happiest version of yourself, this is a must read!"
—Shawn Stevenson, author of the international bestselling book Sleep Smarter and host of The Model Health Show
"As a medical doctor who specializes in nutrition, I was fascinated to learn more about the exciting and extensive array of potential health benefits of the often overlooked mushroom family. After reading this book, I'm inspired to incorporate them more both personally and professionally!"
—Dr. Melina B. Jampolis, Physician Nutrition Specialist and Author of The Doctor on Demand Diet
“After reading Healing Mushrooms, I feel very happy to recommend Tero as an expert on the topic. He is smart, interesting, and his book provides a useful, easy-to-understand guide to using culinary and medicinal mushrooms in the kitchen.”
—Deborah Madison, chef and James Beard Award-winning author of In My Kitchen, The New Art of Vegetarian Cooking, Vegetable Literacy, and many more cookbooks
"This is an exciting debut, because this is the first book to focus on how adaptogenic and culinary mushrooms work to create whole-body health."
—Mark Hyman, MD, 10x New York Times bestselling author
“The advance copy of the book blew my mind.”
About the Author
Tero Isokauppila is the founder and President of Four Sigmatic, a natural superfoods company specializing in mushroom-based drink powders. Tero grew up in Finland and later earned a degree in Chemistry and a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition at Cornell University. In 2012, he founded Four Sigmatic and is a subject matter expert on all things pertaining to mushrooms, superfoods, and natural health. He was chosen as one of the world's TOP 50 Food Activists by the Academy of Culinary Nutrition and has been featured in Vogue, Time, Forbes, W Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, BuzzFeed, and Bon Appétit, and has been a featured speaker at Summit Series, Wanderlust, WME-IMG, and Soho House.
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We'll start with the good. The world of medicinal mushrooms can be quite overwhelming, and Tero Isokauppila does a very solid job of focusing on just ten all-stars and giving you an overview plus recipes for each one. As far as the choice of which ten to begin with I don't think he could have done better. His writing style is friendly and easy to read, and he holds your interest well. Mushroom experts may find the information a bit too dumbed-down, but it isn't dull. Though I knew most of the material already from years of trainings at work, I still enjoyed going over it all again. Now for the not-so-good.
"A guy like me would never make these recipes," my Dad remarked while reading "Healing Mushrooms", and it's true that most of the general public would not have the ingredients for these dishes in the pantry. If you are part of the paleo, vegan, or raw food club you probably will have a lot of it on hand (things like coconut sugar, carob powder, dates, nut milks and tamari feature heavily in a lot of the recipes), but everyone else will have an expensive trip to store ahead of them. Curiously, a good portion of the recipes contain dairy ingredients; odd because the proteins in milk tend to bind with antioxidants, rendering them useless. If I'm shelling out the bucks to buy mushroom extracts to put in my coffee I'm not going to negate the antioxidant content by topping the cup with whipped cream. Dumb.
The absolute worst part of the book is the resources section. Abysmal. Part of the problem may be that Tero Isokauppila runs his own mushroom company, and perhaps he doesn't want to throw too much business to rivals, but if you're going to write a book on cooking with mushrooms and have a "Shopping Guide" chapter it should contain actual places to shop. Just saying "Whole Foods" and "the company I run" and two or three other suggestions doesn't cut it. Worse, there are erroneous statements like "Many of the pharmacists and natural foods proprietors buy from the same suppliers, so you can sure you'll get quality products no matter where you shop in Chinatown." WHAT? Yikes. Imported mushroom products are notoriously prone to adulteration, especially cordyceps, a featured mushroom in the book. Importers have been known to spike cordyceps with lead wire. Do not buy packages with writing you can't read from people you don't know. Bad idea. And though Paul Stamets is quoted in the book, his company, Fungi Perfecti, is not mentioned in the Shopping Guide chapter (though it is elsewhere). Fungi Perfecti's incredible catalog has an amazing array of mushroom products, virtually all of which are USDA Organic. They are the best mushroom company in the US, hands down. They are the best place to start, whether you want to buy liquid extracts or foraging books or starter logs for growing your own fungi. They have it all.
This brings us back to the star rating for "Healing Mushrooms". For the above reasons I felt like giving it three stars. But the tone of the book is affable and goofy, and may appeal to those who are looking for a less technical or new age-y approach than other tomes have. And it absolutely got my Dad interested in taking his mushrooms. He started taking Turkey Tail and Reishi the next day (I had two large bottles of Fungi Perfecti's version in the cupboard, which he found after rummaging around). If you have been struggling to get a less wellness-focused person in your life to take something good for them, this book is good for that. Except for the hippie ingredients in the recipes (and I say this as a person who actually has all of that stuff in my pantry as we speak), this is a very accessible book, information-wise. I think that point gets it across the finish line to merit four stars and thus rates overall:
I was at home ill when the postman arrived, perfect timing. I have read it with one breath! It is understandable, catchy, interesting, informative- and all the recipes just make you drool!
Don’t hesitate and get it, you will see for yourself.
I ordered another 2 copies as Christmas presents!
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