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Radical Mycology: A Treatise on Seeing & Working With Fungi Paperback – February 2, 2016

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"...[T]he best work on medical mushrooms that exists in print. It is, well, incredible."
- Stephen Buhner, author of Sacred Plant Medicine, Sacred & Healing Herbals Beers, and Healing Lyme

"...[Radical Mycology] deserves a reserved spot on the bookshelves of all amateurand professional mycologists. I highly recommend it."
- Robert Rogers, author of The Fungal Pharmacy

"What an amazing compendium! Radical Mycology is filled with provocativeideas and practical information for DIY projects. This is a greatresource for anyone fascinated by the ubiquitous world of fungi andwishing to broaden their understanding of this important realm. Beprepared to totally geek out on fungi."
- Sandor Katz, author of The Art of Fermentation and Wild Fermentation

"Radical Mycology translates the knowledge of an obscure and marginalizeddiscipline into a science for the people. From strategies for foodproduction and soil decontamination to an exploration of fungal ecologyand bioprocesses, Radical Mycology will empower all manner of citizenecological activists with the tools to build critical mycologicalalliances."
- Scott Kellogg, author of Toolbox for Sustainable City Living

"Radical Mycology is a must for believers, and an end for non-believers. PeterMcCoy indulges the reader into the depths of the mystical, spiritual,technical and practical aspects of all things fungal in one of the mostelaborate mycological reads I've ever come across."
- Giuliana Furci, founder of The Fungi Foundation and author of Fungi of Chile

"Simply stated, no personal, professional, community, college, or universitylibrary Mycology/Fungi instructional reference collection will be either complete or comprehensive without the inclusion of Peter McCoy'ssuperbly written, deftly organized and exceptionally well presentedRadical Mycology."
- Midwest Book Review

"There is somethinghere that will interest virtually every person you know...I can't recall a more truly groundbreaking book ever coming across my desk. RadicalMycology might have a niche subject and a limited audience on firstglance, but the astounding thing about this book is how well McCoyconveys the universal importance of fungi and makes his passioninteresting and engaging for everyday readers. Whether you are amushroom hunter, a home brewer, a restauranter, or just a person wholikes to learn fascinating things about the natural world, RadicalMycology is worth the price and the time."
- Independent Publisher

"Radical Mycology really ought to be on the bookshelves of everyone, fromfermented foodies to foragers, from ecologists to chemists, topermaculturists and orchardists and environmental engineers anddoctors."
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Chthaeus Press; 1st edition (February 2, 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 672 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0986399604
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0986399602
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 4.5 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.25 x 10 x 1.5 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.9 out of 5 stars 239 ratings

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Peter McCoy speaks on behalf of the fungi, the most overlooked and misrepresented organisms in the web of life. A self-taught mycologist with 16 years of accumulated study and experience, Peter is an original founder of Radical Mycology, a grassroots organization and movement that teaches the many ways to work with mushrooms and other fungi for personal, societal, and ecological resilience. Peter is the lead cultivation expert for the Amazon Mycorenewal Project and the mycology advisor to Open Source Ecology and Permaculture Magazine North America, as well as a regular guest on the Permaculture Voices Podcast. Apart from his work with fungi, he is also a community organizer, artist, musician, lecturer, and teacher.

In 2016, Peter released Radical Mycology: A Treatise on Seeing & Working With Fungi, a 650-page book on accessible mycology, mushroom cultivation, mycoremediation, and more. The book has since been hailed as one of the most accessible texts on the science and art of mycology, offering unique, thorough, and cutting-edge insights into the rapidly evolving field along with practical applications to complement these revelations.

Peter’s work has been featured in various news and media outlets around the world such as Salon,, Grist, Vice’s Motherboard, and The Survival Podcast. And his unique approach to teaching accessible mycology has brought him to present at The Permaculture Voices Conference, The Village Building Convergence, The Telluride Mushroom Festival, The Breitenbush Herbal Conference, The National Brownfield’s Conference, and The North American Mycological Association, as well as for countless community groups across North America.

From his mushroom homestead in Portland, OR, Peter’s daily practice centers on cultivating, researching, and foraging for new intersections between healthy human and fungal relations.

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BUT! The first time I cracked it was literal. This book is probably the last mushroom book I'll buy - Peter McCoy knows his fungi, but I'm going to have to carry it around in a bag and read it only at a table. It's perfect-bound and couldn't be more imperfectly so - it's no longer a book, but a loose collection of 650 pages with a cardstock cover. A book this size (and price) should have a sewn binding. I'm disappointed the quality of the contents isn't reflected in the object itself.
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