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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 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Editorial Review: P.J.C. Vedder's Modern Mushroom Growing - Europe's Best Trade Book

 Soon I will be doing a post about our newly published book, but first I want to launch some of the Editorial Reviews for P.J.C. Vedder, as an author.
On Tuesday, August 20, 1968, upon the publication of the 3rd version of Pieter's Dutch book, journalist Jan Derks from newspaper Dagblad voor Noord-Limburg wrote: 'Fascinating visions behind Europe's best trade book'.
Boeiende visies achter Europa's beste vakboek or in English: Fascinating visions behind Europe's best trade book. 
The German version got published in 1966, thus covering The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
A trade book for the Mushroom Industry that is...
Moderne Champignonteelt or in English: Modern Mushroom Growing.
The jacket on this hardback depicts the mosaic artwork that was used on the wall, in the hallway of the Experimental Station for Mushroom Growing, where Pieter worked as a Teacher.
Earlier I've explained that for this 1st and only Training Centre in the World, there were no study books yet. So Pieter wrote them. He also wrote several Design Curriculum books for Agricultural schools and a simpler version about Mushrooms at School, for primary schools.
Thus building up quite a knowledge base.
Tuesday, August 20, 1968
P.J.C. Vedder, Author of Modern Mushroom Growing is ninety percent sure: 'Mushroom farm of the future will look like a hospital'.
Well, it certainly DOES! Both of us have been very strong in our training about creating awareness for hygiene as in this business so many diseases can be the result of 'being off'... We're dealing with bacteria and even a very detrimental virus disease.
The biggest chapter in our new book is about Pests and Diseases.
Quite an extensive article...

Pieter, at that time was smoking cigarettes and his pipe... a lot of stress and pressure, for setting up this successful Training Centre from scratch! 
Writing useful articles for Mushroom Magazines, in German and Dutch and for his books, all original content.
There were few that had covered the subject from A to Z.
Sinden on Mushrooms, was a book compiled from several papers on the subject and also Pieter's boss P.J. Bels had started a handbook on which Pieter built further, in a more comprehensible way with his own photographs added.
Writing any scientific book has to be ACCURATE!
Pieter had the rare ability to explain in a very practical way to his students why certain procedures were so important and above all, how not to proceed.
This was the beginning, in Dutch and German language still, but other countries also got his book, still learning from it.
It of course prompted him to publish in several more languages!

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  1. Your husband is certainly very talented, and fortunate to have such a supporting wife as you.

    God bless.

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    1. Dearest Victor,
      Thank you and yes he is and he has worked so hard his entire life.
      Sure am I supportive, this is the very last token of love that I can do...
      Prayed hard that he might be still alive to see the fruits of his labour and so far, it has worked.
      Being grateful for it!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Hello Mariette, In so many fields there is one book considered as "the bible" even though there are many experts and authorities. The problem is that it takes more than expertise to create a really useful book, it also takes great dedication, organizational ability and an exceptional talent for teaching the material.
    --Jim
    p.s. Don't let Pieter catch you hiding pictures of that young gentleman!

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      Thank you and yes, the great dedication and exceptional talent is quite evident and it is still there.
      This does not happen overnight, a lot of hours in writing and thinking went into it.
      But Pieter has proven for decades to be a true leader in presenting an understandable book as a training manual. It is not about him but all about helping others succeed.
      Pieter never ever accepted a single penny for 'promoting' a certain product. If it was good, he would mention it for that sole reason.
      Love these photos where he was young. Met him the next year and that is a long time ago...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. He is a really talented and respected person.

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    1. Dearest Anne,
      Yes he sure is! You summed it up with perfect wording.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Congratulations. You are a beautiful blessing to your husband.

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    1. Dearest Regine,
      Well, I've always tried hard to be and it is mutual!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. He seems to be respected as an authority in his field. What a treasure to have these articles.

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    1. Dearest Janey,
      Yes he is and this is such a treasure to have!
      We received it from a writer friend last year. He has been writing for the Dutch Ministry of Defense, about military history.
      Now he started extensive research about my hometown and Province about the history post WWII when the mines started closing down and the mushroom business developed.
      So I could help him out with lots of info from my just organized digital files.
      Could not believe the timing. He too helped me through his military experience, in finding the person that converted those Gevaphone records with Pieter's accordion playing and talking, with his Mom.
      Whenever he found something for us in the national archives, he passed it on.
      Those are the biggest gifts and I put them to good use.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      Thank you and it sure is true!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. Your husband Pieter is an expert with deep knowledge and ability to share it with others. With his talent and hard work, he must be a real treasure in the mushroom industry!
    That’s a great photo of him in the newspaper :-)

    Have a wonderful new week, Mariette!

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Thank you so much! We sure hope that our new book will help numerous people world wide.
      Loved that photo, it's such a treasure!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. I very much admire people who devote themselves to the love of their studies. I am so proud of your husband Pieter in devoting his life and knowledge to this industry and even sharing it to others. Surely, this book will help a lot of people around the world! As a child, I was super scared of mushrooms, I did not know why. I took it out of my pizza or spaghetti but then when I grew up, oh my, it's one of the things on dishes that makes me so happy and makes the dish extra special to my eye and to my tastebuds!

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    1. Dearest Stevenson,
      Yes, Pieter truly dedicated his entire life to the mushroom industry and trying to guide many in growing them correctly. It sure is an art!
      Glad you came to like eating mushrooms. Yesterday I made an Italian Porcini risotto in which I also used brown button mushrooms. Love the fragrance of those Porcini though! Also Shiitake are a favorite.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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