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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 9 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Friday, March 23, 2018

1978 - P.J.C. Vedder's Modern Mushroom Growing Book Published in English

It was only within two years since that very 1st trip to Australia, for lecturing, that husband Pieter's Dutch book on Mushroom Growing got now published in English as well.
See below post for info about new published English book!
Following the nature of comments I received on my previous post, I'd like to give some more information about my retired husband Pieter...
This cartoon was created by Mac at the VIIIth International Congress on Mushroom Science 1971 (ISMS)
at Imperial College London
PJC Vedder
Principal of a Famous Training Centre
From youth up-getting them Mushroom minded
So there it was; 1978 the first English publication of his book!
Already in 1961, Pieter wrote his 1st Dutch Moderne Champignonteelt and in 1964 his 2nd edition, in 1968 his 3rd edition, in 1971 his 4rd edition and in 1978 his 5th edition and also his 1st English edition.
Top from left: Dutch, German, French
Spanish and English
The above article (Dutch) got published in "Bedrijfsontwikkeling" September, 1979, page 872
Vedder's Modern Mushroom Growing in five languages.
In 1961 the book 'Moderne Champignonteelt' appeared by Mr. P.J.C. Vedder. This manual was the successor of the 'Manual for Mushroom Culture' from 1958 by Bels. New revised editions are being published regularly. In 1978 the fifth edition came off the press.
Vedder's book, a cultivation manual, is a reflection of the mushroom industry in The Netherlands, with aspects of research, information, education, growers organization, marketing, processing, etc.
Vedder in 1963 became Director (Principal) of the Center for Mushroom Cultivation Education in Horst, Province of Limburg.
The developments of the mushroom industry in The Netherlands, drew the attention of many from abroad. Requests therefore came for allowing to have 'Moderne Champignon Teelt' translated. This yielded the result that Vedder's book now lies before us in five languages. Dutch (5th edition) 1978, German 1966, French 1974, English 1978 and Spanish 1978 (several editions). A unique event. They are not short tutorials, but books of about 400 pages.
A manual in five languages has never been published in the more than 350–year anniversary of mushroom cultivation.
The manual now covers 25% of the total language area, so that many can draw knowledge from the mushroom events in The Netherlands. In the Dutch history of agriculture and horticulture a manual in five languages is unique.

The five books by Vedder (under photo).
Needless to say that I feel very proud of my Pieter!
His book has been called: 'The Mushroom Bible' and it has helped so many.
Meanwhile in 9 official languages!
From left at top: Dutch, Italian 1980, French 1974, English 1978
Polish 1980, Spanish 1978 and German 1966
Bulgarian has been added and the Chinese just 'stole' it without ever bothering copyright!
As of January 25, 2023 also available in Russian as we granted our Ukrainian friend Maksym Yenchenko from UMDIS legal permission to translate our book with his team. 
Russian speaking people can find it here: vedder.umdis ←click link.
With thanks and appreciation to Maksym Yenchenko and his team!
Pieter J.C. Vedder got numerous references.
His colleagues world wide responded with kind letters.
Like here by The Mushroom Growers' Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Mr. Fred C. Atkins who writes about the arrival of your marvelous book and the generous inscription made me a very happy man.
The British have had a very close and long standing relationship with Pieter.
This yielded him The Sinden Award 1982
Pieter Vedder
In recognition of his outstanding
contributions to the
Mushroom Industry
for many years both in the
International field and on behalf of
British Growers who have made this
His book
'Modern Mushroom Growing'
has found a place on every progressive
grower's desk.
His mushroom courses at Horst
have a worldwide reputation and
have helped innumerable growers,
young and not so young, from many countries.
In addition, his advice is always
available to anyone who asks and
is always cogent.
Mushroom Growers' Association
Another very kind letter from the USA from the American Mushroom Institute
Dear Pieter:
I wish to congratulate you on the most informative and educational
book I ever read on mushroom growing. It is an encyclopedia on
mushroom growing. It is a complete review of growing, diseases,
mechanization and many small detailed aspects of growing analyzed
with great knowledge and experience. No wonder that this practical
book is translated in so many languages.
As an Agronomist with 34 years working with the mushroom industry,
I always find very valuable information and excellent guidance. Only
a dedicated teacher, grower, and researcher like you could wrap up
this valuable book that I am sure will have a constant increased
demand. I am very proud that I was one of the first to have this
translation right-off-the-press.
I am very pleased that I also got the opportunity to personally give
you the letter of invitation to the AMI conference in San Francisco.
I am sure you will enjoy meeting our growers as well as our hospitality.
Looking forward to seeing you soon,
Aron Kinrus, Agronomist
Public Relations Coordinator
Lastly, but in fact THE most important one came on June 13, 1979 from Pieter's Boss:


I have heard from the press about your book "Moderne Champignonteelt" now having been published in a fifth language. With this unique happening I would like to warmly compliment you.
I am pleased that at an international level your work and with that also agricultural education is being propagated.
Although it is not my habit to approach in this way authors from agricultural education circles, I have felt to make an exception for this particular case.
 (Dr. Ir. P.K. Schenk)

No wonder that copies of his book still are being offered at a better price than they ever sold for right off the press!
This is not the actual cover...
Wonder why they put this on?!
Amazon UK offers the Spanish Edition for $ 756.13...
Thanks for your visits and comments - greatly appreciated, also by Pieter!

Meanwhile, you can order the newest versions: modern mushroom growing 2020 harvesting Softcover
As well as: modern mushroom growing 2020 harvesting Hardcover and by far the BEST version!
modern mushroom growing 2020 harvesting EPUB also is available with ISBN/SKU 9781735241326

Print On Demand (POD) Worldwide from any Library, University or Large Book Seller.

Related links: 
modern mushroom growing 2020 harvesting | our newest book and post about it
{Angels engraved on lucky calendar coin of 1969} | previous post by me
{My Teacher, Mentor, BOSS & Husband over 44+ Years} | previous post by me
{Part III of Husband Pieter's Trip to East Asia - Arrival in Beijing, China} | previous post showing the Chinese version of Pieter's book
{Part III of Husband Pieter's Trip to India - Maharaja Amarinder Singh, Patiala Punjab} | previous post showing one of his Royal customers for his book!
{What YOU should LOOK for when Buying Fresh Mushrooms} | previous post by me showing publications from both of us...
{HELP ME FIND ITALIAN ARTIST M. SOTGIU mother of Luigi Tramarollo} | previous post by me showing Pieter's Italian edition
{Reader Asked WHY They Are Called Toadstools} | previous post by me about Pieter's publication


  1. Hello Mariette, It is something to be proud of that Pieter wrote the standard manual on mushroom growing. It is no wonder that his services were so in demand by mushroom growers. Even a small increase in efficiency would be well worth his lecture fee!

    1. Dear Jim,
      Yes, it sure is and he has extended his knowledge to so many, worldwide, at least he did leave something behind. That was what his Dad always said, whatever you do in life, make sure you leave something behind that you will be remembered by.
      You mean that an increase in yield and efficiency would pay for the consultancy fee, for lecturing it was already great to get the travel expenses paid and usually they gifted a travel tote or an alarm clock additionally!

  2. Liebe Mariette,

    herzlichen Dank für deinen aufschlussreichen Post.

    Liebe Grüße


    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Danke, und ich hätte die Deutsche Briefe publizieren können aber die meisten können die nicht lesen...
      Liebe Grüße,

  3. Dearest Mariette,
    Your Piter's dutch book on Mushroom growing in now published in published in English I received on my previous post some your husband retired husband Pieter, from youth up Mushroom growing it was 1978 his book German 1970, This yielded him 1982 Agronomist 34 years your teacher, Both by you!
    Hugs and love to both of always
    We has raining stated now I hope few days?

    1. Dearest Michiko,
      Yes, after the 5th Dutch edition, the English version also got published.
      Hugs to you from both of us as well!
      Mariette & Pieter

  4. Dearest Mariette,
    The my was in shock myself and I had no idea what I was realised that I didn't even know what I had happened myself. eyes had on medical review on right one.May 12th,These days has so many car's I need drive very carefully also never in night time anymore too.
    Hugs and Love to both of always!
    The raining all days,

    1. Dearest Michiko,
      You sure get very careful for driving in heavy traffic in the Melbourne area and night time is best to be avoided, for many reasons.
      Hugs and love back to you from both of us on a rainy and dreary Sunday.
      Mariette & Pieter

  5. Your husband Pieter gifted the mushroom industry with such important book. It’s wonderful the book has been translated into different languages so the information can be shared more widely!
    I love the sketch of him in the first photo :-)

    Have a wonderful weekend, Mariette! xo

    1. Dearest Tamago,
      He sure did leave something behind for the world-wide mushroom industry. His writing has been always practical and understandable for the grower, not just an academic paper or writing that is inaccessible to the majority of readers.
      Oh, that sketch is done so well, emphasizing on his character brilliantly. That's how I remember him for the very beginning, as my teacher.
      Happy Sunday to you as well, we got a dreary and rainy day...

  6. That's wonderful that Pieter's book has been published in so many languages. I was amazed at the price it's been sold for though!!

    1. Dearest Sami,
      It sure is something for looking back onto with a certain pride of having accomplished something for the mushroom industry. Well, that 'vintage' pricing did surprise us too and we wonder why they use this strange cover?!

  7. and you should be proud. How wonderful to be published...or to be an expert on anything. Janey

    1. Dearest Janey,
      Yes I am and Pieter also can look back on a life well spent for helping thousands of others making a living.
      That makes one feel rich inside and that is far more important and longer lasting than any earthly riches.

  8. Hello Mariette. Congratulations to my husband for achievements and popularity among mushroom producers. Certainly he felt wonderfully appreciated. You have every right to be proud of him. Greetings.

    1. Dearest Giga,
      Thank you very much and you can even read the title of his book in your own language!
      It sure makes me very proud of him, looking back on such an active life of education, the world over.

  9. Hello dear Mariette!
    Congratulations! So glad that Pieter’s book is published!
    You must be very proud !Thank you for sharing !
    Wishing you a lovely day and a happy week ahead! Hugs!

    1. Dearest Dimi,
      Thank you and it sure is a great thing for looking back onto.

  10. I have such a smile after seeing this important set of awards. It makes me proud to see as I am fond of you, therefore fond of him as well. He is just tops in his field!

    1. Dearest Katie Isabella,
      Yes, he was THE guru for Mushroom Growing in a worldwide setting.
      He did it with such a passion and with a rare ability for transferring his knowledge in an understandable way.
      Thank you for your very kind words!

  11. No wonder you are so proud of your dear Pieter, Mariette!
    Thank you for sharing all these good memories of his brilliant career!
    Many hugs!!!

    1. Dearest Marie-Anne,
      Thank you for your sweet comment and yes I am very proud of him!

  12. Dear all,
    i would like to request all of you if anyone knows where to buy the English version of Modern mushroom growing. i live in Germany and i am looking for this book since a month but no luck. any help would be highly appreciated.

    1. Dear Tahir,
      The printed English version is no longer available.
      Later this year, in summer, there will be an iBook version of my husband's book Modern Mushroom Growing.
      Hope this was helpful.

  13. Thank you very much. I have no option but to wait then. I read a few pages of it. Mark den Ouden had the book. Maybe you know him. And i immediately wanted it but since then no luck. Thanks for the information

    1. Dear Tahir,
      You're quite welcome! Yes, my husband and I know Mark den Ouden.
      Lots of people are using articles and photos from my husband... often without notifying him.


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