The Mushroom Feast

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9780394481241: The Mushroom Feast

Truffles. . .shiitakes. . .morels -- mushrooms conjure visions of one of the most intriguing and subtle of all comestibles. The average cook can be mystified by how best to prepare these gastronomic treats, while epicures hunger for new ways to expand their repertoires.Jane Grigson presents more than 250 mushroom recipes -- from simple to highly sophisticated -- for soups, sauces, stuffings, main courses, and more that will satisfy the curiousity and appetites of mushroom dabblers and diehards alike. Included are helpful tips for selecting and preserving the best edible mushrooms (both wild and cultivated), the folklore behind the recipes, a brief history of mushroom cultivation, guides to distinguish edible from poisonous fungi for those who venture to pick their own, and charming line drawings of the 21 most common species.While poet W.H. Auden immortalized 'dear Jane Grigson' in "The Entertainment of the Senses," Grigson, an artist in her trade, is best known for her own wonderful books on food. "The Mushroom Feast" is an indispensable classic for all those who love mushrooms as much as this rare find: a fine, timeless, literary cookbook.

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With more than 250 recipes, Jane Grigson describes the preparation of the best fresh and preserved mushrooms (think lowfat). Besides the traditional use of mushrooms to enhance meat and vegetable dishes, edible fungi may be cooked in vine leaves, made into pâté, powdered, puréed into mushroom ketchup, baked into a flan (an Alice B. Toklas specialty), baked as a cake with cream sauce, and used in many other dishes that are too intriguing to resist. Grigson also explains the differences between good and poisonous mushrooms, relates some folk stories behind the recipes, and gives a history of mushroom cultivation that doesn't leave you in the dark about friendly fungi.

About the Author:

Jane Grigson was born in Gloucester, England and brought up in Sunderland, where her father George Shipley McIntire was town clerk.[1] She attended Sunderland Church High School and Casterton School, Westmorland, then went on to Newnham College, Cambridge University, where she read English. On graduating from university in 1949, she spent three months in Florence.

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