You know what? Neither did I, really! Raw button mushrooms, yuck. No taste. Sort of like weird texture. I liked them cooked well enough, after all, who doesn't like anything cooked in butter and garlic?
But then I tried a fresh, log grown shiitake and I was hooked. Such a lovely earthy, sort of nutty flavor with a meaty texture. Really, don't let anyone tell you that the ones in the supermarket taste the same! So, give it a try!
Preparation Is Key
But then I cooked some. Yikes! They were worse than button mushrooms, they seemed to turn into slippery little eels. not a very appetizing for me. But then I did some more research and I found dry sauteing and roasting
Dry saute...hot pan, throw in sliced mushrooms, sprinkle with some salt. Salt draws out the moisture. Saute until most of the moisture has evaporated. Then add them to your recipe. I like this texture much better.
Roasting...see my recipe under...recipes! This prep trick keeps the usable for a long time in the fridge; ready to throw into any recipe