I love mushrooms, too. They do have an intrinsic flavor and exhibit strong umami. Not to mention their nutrition. I’d like to see those two authors disparage Kingdom Fungi when they get wasted on beverages fermented by fungi to forget their miserable lives ignorant of their own immense reliance on fungi for the functioning of terrestrial life and human society. They cross the line when slander Basidiomycota for its phylogeny. The new IPOS classification system puts them and most of Fungi in the same kingdom Opisthokonta. Unfortunate for the fungi to have relatives like Katie Heaney and Jessica Misener.