You may see them scoffing at the chanterelle selection in your local New Seasons. Last month, they flaked out on your lunch date because it was a perfect day for "hunting." The symptoms of a budding mycologist are clear and consuming; they can barely walk downtown without checking every patch of bark-chips for emerging fungi.
If you're shopping for a mushroom lover this holiday season, here are the essentials:
When your friends are tromping about in the forest, their main objective is mushroom identification. All That the Rain Promises and More by David Arora is a excellent "hip pocket guide" printed in full-color. Complete with silly stories, recipes, and identifying features for 200 western mushrooms. For more more more, Arora also offers Mushrooms Demystified, which includes over 2000 species! Mycelium Running by Paul Stamets will turn your recipient's obsession into life-long passion when they learn how mushrooms will save the world.
As a budding mycologist myself, I have been drooling over makelike's new product line. Aptly named Forest, the collection includes a spore-print pattern tea towel, which would be perfect for cleaning mushrooms before throwing them in the soup. I want ALL the towels to accompany my knife, toothbrush, field guides, and adventure-pack.
When at home, the budding mycologist may miss the forest. This print by Nichole Lillian will be sure to keep them company. Did you notice the mushrooms or the cats first?