Untamed Mushrooms: From Field to Table

by Michael Karns, Dennis Becker, Lisa Golden Schroeder
ISBN: 978-1-68134-086-9

Sale price$29.95


Take a wander in woods and over fields with experienced mushroom hunters and, if your luck holds, safely bring home a wild harvest to cook and savor at the table.

Step into nature, whether in a park, forest, prairie, or lake-land, and you are surrounded by edible wild foods–if you know where to look. Old traditions of foraging have seen a passionate resurgence of interest among midwestern chefs and home cooks intrigued by the vitality of foods growing just footsteps–or a healthy hike–from their doors. But many hesitate over collecting wild mushrooms: How do you know which ones are okay to eat? And once you do, how should you prepare them?

Untamed Mushrooms opens up the field, explaining how to seek, find, and cook wild mushrooms. Gorgeous full-color photographs and expert guidance unspool the vagaries of locating mushrooms in the wild and safely harvesting them for your table. Featuring thirteen delicious mushrooms celebrated in over one hundred unique kitchen-tested recipes, this book is a guide to truly spectacular seasonal eating. Once you’ve arrived home with your woodland bounty, try Grilled Lake Trout with a Mess of Morels, Roasted Corn Soup with Mushroom Duxelles, Prairie Wheat Berry Salad with Roasted ​Mushrooms ​and​ Chioggia Beets, Pork Tenderloin ​with Black Trumpet Sorghum ​and Ground Cherry Salsa, or Porcini-Dusted Chicken with Wild Mushroom Farrotto. Accept this official invitation to begin your own mushroom stalking adventures that will lead to some seriously delicious eating.

Paperback. 272 pages.
10 in H | 8 in W


"This hybrid armchair forest guide & cookbook is filled with details about a baker’s dozen of easily identified—and some of the most delicious—wild mushrooms. A winner of a 2019 Midwest Book Award, a finalist for a 2019 Best Cookbook Food Photography & Styling award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals, as well as a finalist for a 2019 Gourmand International Cookbook award.
Untamed Mushrooms makes me want to head right to the Midwest—what treasures the authors have unearthed! Glorious photographs, evocative prose, and inventive recipes celebrate not only nature’s bounty but the multicultural communities of our heartland. Here are natural history and storytelling at their best.”
-- Darra Goldstein, founding editor, Gastronomica, and author of Fire and Ice: Classic Nordic Cooking

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