What is Eatmoretoadstools?
Eatmoretoadstools is a website primarily dedicated to wild, cultivated, edible and medicinal fungi and plants. However, anything else found to be interesting is fair game. This will usually relate to mushrooms or plants in one way or another, but not always.
Who is the pointy-headed pseudo-intellectual behind Eatmoretoadstools?
That would be me, Eatmore Toadstools. Of course, that is not my real name.
Why are you hiding behind a pseudonym?
Because I can!
No, there is a reason. I am an economist/policy wonk in my alternate life, with a social science PhD. Most people, who have a personal relationship with me, either online or in the real world, know who I am. However, I do not want any Tom, Dick or Harriet who runs my name through a search engine in order to see what expertise I have in the social sciences to get bogged down in fungal matters. Once people get to know me, I have no problem sharing this other life. Some might even appreciate that I am multi-talented.
If you want to know my real name, just ask.
Does Eatmoretoadstools offer any services to the public?
Yes. The Workshops page describes workshops and presentations I can do for your program or festival. Travel expenses and an honorarium are generally required. I do an occasional charity event without charge for groups I support. If you are interested, please contact me.
I will also attempt to identify mushrooms if you send me several photographs of the mushroom in question and a description of the habitat in which it was found. There is no charge for this service.
Please note that I am not a professionally trained mycologist, and there are many people who are much more qualified to identify fungi than I. A photograph is a two dimensional representation of a 3 dimensional object and will never be as good as seeing the mushroom itself. If I cannot identify the mushroom, I will tell you. Even if I can, it is possible that I will be mistaken. In any case, you are always at your own risk when it comes to consuming any fungi that you cannot positively identify on your own.
What is Eatmoretoadstools' policy in regards to illegal plants, mushrooms and substances refined from these plants and fungi?
Eatmoretoadstools does not promote the sale or use of anything that is illegal and does not carry advertisements of any company that does. Personally, I believe it is a huge waste of resources to prosecute anyone who consumes anything. While advocating changes in such laws is a fundamental right under the Constitution of the United States, the Eatmoretoadstools site is not dedicated to such reform. As noted on the about page, I have bigger toadstools to fry. There are many other forums in cyberspace that are better equipped to discuss such issues.
I swear on a sack of morels that your name and information will neither be sold nor given away to anyone unless you specifically request that I forward it to a third party.
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Does Eatmoretoadstools carry third party vendor advertisements on its site?
Yes, it does. This site takes a lot of effort and some expenditure. When you purchase something from a third party vendor by clicking through an ad on this site, I make a small commission. I select these ads myself and many are companies that I have purchased products from for years. Others are, as best I can determine, reputable companies that are selling products relevant to what might interest visitors to this site. If you have any suggestions for additional companies for me to affiliate with, please let me know.
Will clicking any of these ads result in malicious pop-ups, landing on a porno site, or take you to a site where you do not wish to be?
My web host, A Small Orange, has very good security. I only deal with reputable advertisers and companies that handle the web advertising for many clients. I do not carry porno ads, ads for illegal products, and get-rich-quick schemes, nor do I link to such businesses.
Miscreants are always looking for weaknesses. There are no guarantees in life. But my site is as safe as any you will find in the commercial world.
Are there other ways to support the Eatmoretoadstools website?
Yes. You may donate through the PayPal link on the homepage. This is not a tax-favored contribution because this is not a charity or non-profit site (even though "profit" is a theoretical concept at present). If you prefer to use an ad blocker, this is the best way to help me cover costs.
Are visitors allowed to post on the Eatmoretoadstools blog?
I would encourage you to do so, early and often.
Why does Eatmoretoadstools have an entire page devoted to grits?
It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it.
What is the most unusual mushroom dish you've ever eaten?
Ben & Jerry's chocolate Cordyceps and vanilla Cordyceps ice cream, served at the Telluride Mushroom Festival in the late 1990's. Jerry made the ice cream and Paul Stamets provided the Cordyceps mushrooms.