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Minnesota Historical Society Press

Untamed Mushrooms: From Field to Table

Untamed Mushrooms: From Field to Table

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Step into nature, whether in a park, forest, prairie, or lakeland, 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, Game Hens with Creamy Maitake Pasta, 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.

Author: Michael Karns, Lisa Golden Schroeder
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
Published: 04/01/2018
Pages: 272
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 2.25lbs
Size: 9.90h x 8.00w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9781681340869

About the Author
Michael Karns began foraging as a teenager after he and his family moved to forty wooded acres in north-central Arkansas. Since those humble beginnings collecting puffballs and wood ear, his passion for great food and a slightly obsessive compulsion for learning have led him to delve deeply into mycology and the delicious treasures the forest has to offer. Michael is a certified mycological identification expert in the area of food service and sourcing, a member of the North American Mycological Association (NAMA) and the Minnesota Mycological Society (MMS), and owner/proprietor of "Found Foods"--a purveyor of wild-sourced and artisan-created foods from across the region and around the world and host to classes and dining events. Through this pursuit Michael brings his knowledge, experience, and products to the novice and expert alike. You might find some of his forest discoveries on your plate in a Twin Cities foodie-favorite eatery or online at Dennis Becker is a Minneapolis-based commercial photographer specializing in food photography. His work for local and international food companies can be seen in cookbooks and magazines and on billboards, food packaging, websites, and social media. He has extensive experience working with advertising agencies in Minneapolis as well as New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. His work can be seen at In 2014, Dennis Becker and Lisa Golden Schroeder created the blog to tell stories, through photos and words, of inspirational people with a passion for regional food and nature. Photographing Untamed Mushrooms inspired and taught him about the varieties of mushrooms that are truly works of art--and good to eat. Dennis works out of his studio in the Minneapolis area. Lisa Golden Schroeder is a veteran food writer, food stylist for commercial photography, and entrepreneur. Armed with a degree in nutrition and journalism, along with a mind-expanding stint at École de Cuisine La Varenne in France, her real-life work experience as a corporate test kitchen professional and cookbook editor led her to writing for national publications, both in print and as a sought-after blogger for clients. Her own web site,, features her food styling portfolio and trifling with food, an eclectic kitchen journal filled with her modest culinary adventures and food memories. She is the cofounder, with Dennis Becker, of the blog She specializes in cooking with whole foods and developing approachable recipes for families, often veering onto the path of less familiar flavors and unique techniques. Her second home is on the edge of the northeastern wilderness of Minnesota, where identifying wild foods along forest trails is a constant source of fascination.

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