4. Books

A hand-picked selection of the best books on mushrooms — how to grow them, identify them, and use them as food and medicine. You’ll also find here books on mushroom spirituality and psychedelia.

All That the Rain Promises & More: A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms

by David Arora. A lively and funny field guide with superb photos 264 pp.

Price: $18.00

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Alternative Methods of Shiitake Inoculation

by Bob Harris. Saw kerf, spawn comb, and other alternative methods by our founder. 7 pp.

Price: $5.00

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An Outlaw In My Heart: A Political Activist’s User’s Manual

by Stephen Gaskin. An eloquent call to non-violence and spiritual revolution. 149 pp.

Price: $13.00

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Co-Evolution of Fungi with Plants and Animals

By Pirozynski & Hawksworth. 285 pp.

Price: $106.00

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Familiar Mushrooms

by Katsaros. A beautiful little Audubon Society pocket guide, 192 pp.

Price: $9.00

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From Chocolate to Morphine: Everything You Need to Know About Mind-Altering Drugs, 2nd Ed.

by Andrew Weil and Winifred Rosen. A unique theory of addiction interwoven with some fascinating history. 240 pp.

Price: $16.00

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Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms, 3rd Edition

by Paul Stamets. The state-of-the-art manual for every mushroom cultivator on sawdust, straw, bagasse, coffee grounds, and many other agri-wastes. Contains in great detail all the parameters and fascinating facts for shiitake, maitake, reishi, 7 species of oysters, portabella, and many other gourmet and medicinal mushrooms. Speaks to environmental concerns, health, and business success. Excellent on all phases of sterile technique starting from mushroom spores / clones. Beautiful color photos. 585 pp.

Price: $45.00

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Growing Wild Mushrooms: A Complete Guide to Cultivating Edible & Hallucinogenic Mushrooms

by Bob Harris. A simple guide to sterile methods, spores, and natural cultivation of wild mushrooms in compost. Identifies wild mushrooms and poisonous look-alikes. 88 pp., color photos.

Price: $15.00

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Hallucinogens: Cross Cultural Perspectives

by Marlene DeRios. 255 pp.

Price: $11.00

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Lasagna Gardening

How to make truly low-cost, instant high-rise growbeds using leaves, grass clippings, and compost. Combined with Square Foot Gardening, these two methods are capable of eliminating world hunger. Beautifully illustrated with hand drawings, 244 pp.

Price: $17.95

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Medicinal Mushrooms: An Exploration of Tradition, Healing, & Culture

by Christopher Hobbs. The results of research on reishi, shiitake, maitake, and over 100 mushroom species on stimulating the immune system, preventing and treating cancer and AIDS, and treating heart disease. 251 pp.

Price: $20.00

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Monday Night Class, Revised & Annotated Edition

by Stephen Gaskin. A series of conversations that were attended by thousands of people, and helped determine the spiritual direction of a generation of cultural creatives. Second edition, annotated. 191 pp.

Price: $14.95

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Mushrooms Demystified

by David Arora. This Big Mama of field guides covers over 2000 species, has a checklist of the 70 most common mushrooms, detailed keys, habitats, classification, cookery, the meanings of scientific names, and toxins. Color and b&w photos, 960 pp.

Price: $40.00

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Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World

by Paul Stamets. A manual for the mycological rescue of the planet. Growing mushrooms is one of the best things we can do for the environment. Here you’ll find out how to revitalize wastelands, decompose toxic waste sites, reduce silt from streambeds, and remove pathogens from agricultural watersheds. Detailed myco-restoration of forests and the latest medicinal and nutritional properties of mushrooms. For the conscious cultivator and gardener. Heavily illustrated, 340 pp.

Price: $35.00

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Pihkal: A Chemical Love Story

by Alexander and Ann Shulgin. Pioneering research in entheogenic and sexual biochemistry. 200 detailed descriptions of the endogenous workhorses of the brain and their effects, and their chemical structures with diagrams. 978 pp.

Price: $24.50

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Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing, & Hallucinogenic Powers

by R.E. Schultes & A. Hoffman. A visual feast on the many entheogenic plants used by our ancestors. 192 pp.

Price: $30.00

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Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World: An Identification Guide

by Paul Stamets. Ancient uses as sacraments and mind-enhancers. Identification guide for the world. Beautiful color electron microscope photographs. 256 pp.

Price: $30.00

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Psilocybin: Magic Mushroom Grower’s Guide: A Handbook for Psilocybin Enthusiasts

by O.T. Oss and O.N. Oeric. With a foreword by Terence McKenna, this is a classic manual on dung-inhabiting mushrooms, and the evolutionary, medicinal, and historical aspects of entheogenic mushrooms. Many photos, 86 pp.

Price: $19.00

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Reishi: Ancient Herb for Modern Times

by Kenneth Jones. Excellent summary of the benefits of reishi. 34 pp.

Price: $10.00

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Sacred Mushroom Seeker: Tributes to R. Gordon Wasson

by T. Reidlinger. The true adventures of Gordon Wasson, banker, author, and ethnobiologist. 283 pp. Softcover. Hardcover available.

Price: $25.00

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Sacred Mushrooms & the Law

by R. Boire. “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.” 69 pp.

Price: $13.00

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Shiitake, the Healing Mushroom

by Kenneth Jones. What gourmet mushroom is used as a treatment for cancer, HIV, high blood pressure, and CFS? The same Shiitake you can grow in your backyard! Extravagantly documented, includes some recipes. 120 pp.

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Sugars that Heal: The New Healing Science of Glyconutrients

by Emil Mondoa M.D and Mindy Kitei. A revolutionary book about long-chain sugars that are essential to our nervous and immune systems. The body synthesizes these sugars, except for eight essential polysaccharides that must come from food. The highest sources of these essential sugars are mushrooms. Authoritative guide from a physician who treats intractable diseases. 262 pp. softcover.

Price: $15.00

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The All-New Square Foot Gardening Book

by Mel Bartholomew. Grow your organic greens and veggies in 1/5 of the space, using 1/5 of the water, 1/5 the weeding, and with 1/5 the work! The book shows how to create instant raised-bed gardens without ever having to dig up the ground again. A perennially best-selling book, this earth-saving treasure was on National Public Television for 8 years. Heavily illustrated in color, high-quality paperback, 272 pp.

Price: $25.00

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The Audubon Field Guide to North American Mushrooms

by Gary Lincoff. A pocket-sized guide that’s really loaded. The simple visual key takes you through 762 full-color photo identifications. 926 pp.

Price: $21.00

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The Biochar Solution: Carbon Farming and Climate Change

by Albert K. Bates. A densely written and researched book, it’s the true reality show of the planet, the one in which you and I are actors, too. Thrilling and mind-blowing, a child could understand it, but some politicians may find it beyond their ken. Low-tech, practical solutions to climate change, soil depletion, overpopulation, and world unemployment. It’s about how to regreen the planet and save us from global warming and mass starvation. Lots of pictures!

Price: $17.95

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The Chanterelle Book

by Olle Persson, illustrations by Bo Mossberg. A bakers’ dozen of the delicious Chanterelle mushroom species are described and illustrated, along with their typical field and forest habitats. Fourteen European mouth-watering chanterelle recipes are included. Historical tales and ancient lore surrounding this family of mushrooms are engagingly interwoven in the 120 pages, with beautiful watercolor illustrations.

Price: $18.00

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The Invisible Landscape: Mind, Hallucinogens, and the I Ching

by Terence McKenna and Dennis McKenna. 229 pp.

Price: $19.00

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The Mushroom Cultivator: A Practical Guide to Growing Mushrooms at Home

by J.S. Chilton and Paul Stamets. A classic book on all phases of mushroom cultivation. The expert manual on making compost. The growing parameters for many edible and entheogenic species are given, compiled from hard-to-find sources and offering the student a good starting place. The chapters on contamination and troubleshooting are excellent. Includes the cultivation of the Agaricus mushrooms (Button and Portobello). Good illustrations and photos, 415 pp.

Price: $35.00

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The Portobello Cookbook

Chef Jack Czarnecki cooks as he sings praises for portobello. Color woodcut illustrations. 88 pp., hardcover.

Price: $18.00

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The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook: Recipes for Changing Times

by Albert K Bates. Who knew petrocollapse could be so tasty? A hopeful and humorous look at the next 30 years to the world beyond petroleum, by a pioneer futurist and ecovillage innovator. 237 pp.

Price: $20.00

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The Psychedelics Encyclopedia

by Peter Stafford. What really happened; an encyclopedia with a heart. 420 pp.

Price: $39.00

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The Shiitake Way

by Jennifer Snyder. Wonderful gourmet recipes, with tips on buying and storing shiitake. Dr. Andrew Weil explains shiitake’s anti-cholesterol and immune-enhancing properties. A great gift! 112 pp.

Price: $9.95

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The Tempeh Cookbook

by Dorothy R. Bates. Over 100 recipes of this delicious staple of Indonesian cuisine, from Breakfast Sausage and Hero Sandwiches to Mock Mincemeat Pie. Full instructions for making tempeh at home (we sell starter kits too!). 96 pp, illustrated.

Price: $12.95

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The Totally Mushroom Cookbook

by Helena Siegel and Karen Gillingham. A little mushroom-shaped book with excellent recipes. 95 pp.

Price: $8.00

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Tihkal

by Sasha & Ann Shulgin. The sequel to Pihkal, the psychedelic adventure-romance of well-known chemist Sasha Shulgin and his wife Ann, with chemical details. 804 pp.

Price: $19.00

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