100 Edible Mushrooms


With a dash of humor and a dollop of science, Michael Kuo selects the top 100 mushrooms best suited for cooking. Like Kuo’s very popular book Morels, 100 Edible Mushrooms is written in the author’s inimitable, engaging, and appealing style, taking the reader on the hunt through forest and kitchen in search of mycological pleasures and culinary delights.

Kuo describes in detail how to identify each species, where and when to find them, and how to cook them in creative and ...

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With a dash of humor and a dollop of science, Michael Kuo selects the top 100 mushrooms best suited for cooking. Like Kuo’s very popular book Morels, 100 Edible Mushrooms is written in the author’s inimitable, engaging, and appealing style, taking the reader on the hunt through forest and kitchen in search of mycological pleasures and culinary delights.

Kuo describes in detail how to identify each species, where and when to find them, and how to cook them in creative and delicious recipes. The mushrooms presented in the book are the most often eaten varieties, and a description of the button mushrooms found in the grocery store is included. All of the mushrooms have at least one full-color illustration and some several more to aid in identifying and distinguishing look-alike and nonedible species.

An indispensable book for mushroom hunters, naturalists, and cooks

Michael Kuo, an English teacher in Illinois, is the developer of mushroomexpert.com, a popular online resource for mushroom identification and morel hunting.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472031269
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press/Regional
  • Publication date: 7/13/2007
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 410,756
  • Product dimensions: 7.12 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     1
How to Use This Book     4
Focus Points     4
Table of Focus Points     5
The Mushrooms     6
Terminology and Names     7
Identifying Wild Mushrooms     9
Picking Mushrooms for Identification     11
Working with Mushrooms at Home     12
Learning from Experts     15
Collecting, Preparing, and Eating Wild Mushrooms     18
In the Woods     18
Field Equipment for Hunting Edible Mushrooms     19
Consider the Substrate     20
In the Kitchen     20
Safety Precautions for Trying New Mushrooms     24
Preserving Wild Mushrooms     24
From the Store     27
The Button Mushroom and the Portobello: Agaricus bisporus     28
Porcini: Various Bolete Species     32
The Enoki: Cultivated Flammulina velutipes     34
Oyster Mushrooms: Pleurotus ostreatus and Others     36
The Shiitake: Lentinula edodes     38
Poisonous Look-Alikes     41
Amanita Species     43
Galerina marginata and Similar Species     46
Chlorophyllum molybdites     50
PoisonousMushrooms in the Lepiota Group     51
Poisonous Boletes     53
False Morels     55
Poisonous Clitocybe Species     58
Inocybe Species     60
Cortinarius Species     62
Entoloma Species     64
Jack O'Lantern Mushrooms: Omphalotus Species     65
Poisonous Russula Species     67
Poisonous Agaricus Species     70
Gymnopilus Species     72
Recommended for Beginners     75
The Old Man of the Woods: Strobilomyces floccopus     76
The Chicken of the Woods: Laetiporus Species     79
Black Morels: Morchella Species     84
Yellow Morels: Morchella Species     87
Giant Puffballs: Calvatia gigantea and Others     91
The Devil's Urn: Urnula craterium     94
Boletus parasiticus     96
The Black Trumpet: Craterellus cornucopioides     99
Craterellus foetidus     101
Hericium Species     102
Hedgehog Mushrooms: Hydnum repandum and Hydnum umbilicatum     104
Lactarius indigo     106
The Cauliflower Mushroom: Sparassis Species     108
Experience Required     111
The Prince: Agaricus augustus      112
The Meadow Mushroom: Agaricus campestris and Others     114
Albatrellus Species     117
The Jelly Ear: Auricularia auricula     119
Boletellus russellii     121
The King Bolete: Boletus edulis and Others     123
Boletus griseus and Boletus ornatipes     126
Boletus illudens     128
Boletus pallidus     129
Boletus subglabripes and Boletus hortonii     131
Boletus zelleri     133
Eastern Chanterelles: "Cantharellus cibarius" and Others     135
Western Chanterelles: Cantharellus Species     139
Cantharellus appalachiensis     141
The Smooth Chanterelle: Cantharellus lateritius     142
Pine Spikes: Chroogomphus Species     144
Clavariadelphus Species     146
The Shaggy Mane: Coprinus comatus     148
Craterellus tubaeformis     152
Fistulina hepatica     154
Ganoderma lucidum and Ganoderma tsugae     156
Gomphidius Species     159
Gomphus clavatus     161
The Hen of the Woods: Grifola frondosa     163
Gyrodon merulioides     166
Gyroporus castaneus     167
Gyroporus cyanescens      169
Ischnoderma resinosum     171
Lactarius deliciosus     173
Lactarius rubidus     176
Lactarius thyinos     178
Lactarius volemus     180
Brown Leccinum Species     182
White Leccinum Species: Leccinum holopus and Others     184
Leccinum rugosiceps     186
Puffballs: Lycoperdon Species and Others     189
Half-Free Morels: Morchella Species     192
The Train Wrecker: Neolentinus lepideus     195
Stinkhorns: Phallus impudicus and Phallus hadriani     197
The Gilled Bolete: Phylloporus rhodoxanthus     200
4 in the Wild: Oyster Mushrooms: Pleurotus ostreatus and Others     202
Polyporus squamosus     204
Polyporus umbellatus     207
Russula flavida     209
Russula virescens     211
Stropharia rugosoannulata     213
Suillus americanus     215
Suillus cavipes     217
Suillus granulatus     218
The Slippery Jack: Suillus luteus     221
Suillus pictus and Suillus lakei     223
Suillus pungens     225
Tylopilus alboater     227
Tylopilus ballouii      229
Xanthoconium affine     230
Xanthoconium separans     232
Xerula Species     234
Difficult     237
The Horse Mushroom: Agaricus arvensis     238
1 in the Wild: Agaricus bisporus     239
Agaricus Species (Unidentified)     242
Honey Mushrooms: Armillaria Species     244
Armillaria tabescens     247
Boletus Species (Unidentified)     249
Catathelasma Species     251
The Shaggy Parasol: Chlorophyllum rhacodes     253
The Blewit: Clitocybe nuda     255
Clitopilus prunulus     258
The Gypsy: Cortinarius caperatus     260
Flammulina velutipes     262
Hygrophorus russula     265
The Lobster Mushroom: Hypomyces lactifluorum     267
Laccaria ochropurpurea     269
Lactarius deceptivus     271
Lyophyllum decastes     275
Macrolepiota americana     278
The Parasol Mushroom: Macrolepiota procera     281
Marasmius oreades     283
The Deer Mushroom: Pluteus cervinus     287
Pluteus petasatus     289
Russula claroflava     291
Russula variata and Russula cyanoxantha     293
The Shrimp Russula: Russula xerampelina     295
The Matsutake: Tricholoma magnivelare     297
Tricholomopsis rutilans     301
Recipes     303
Artichoke Shiitake Pizza     303
Asparagus Garnish with Mushrooms     303
Beef Stroganoff with Wild Mushrooms     303
Bigos (Polish Stew)     304
Candy Cap or Matsutake Waffles     304
Chanterelles in Brandy Cream Sauce     305
Chicken of the Woods with Lemon Cream     305
Five-Spice Beef with Enokis     305
Glazed Duck with Cranberry and Mushroom Stuffing     306
Jaeger Sauce for Schnitzel or Steak     306
Lamb with Mint and Mushrooms     306
Marinated Mushrooms     306
Matsutake-Persimmon Casserole     307
Mushroom Quiche     307
Mushroom Ravioli     307
Pasta with Hedgehogs, Bacon, and Tomato     308
Polish Pork Chops with Russulas     308
Porcini Sauce for Pork Roast     309
Portuguese Steak with Mushrooms     309
Salted Mushroom Salad     309
Shaggy Mane Soup     310
Shrimp-Stuffed Morels      310
Spinach Mushroom Ricotta Pie     310
Stuffed Mushrooms     311
Suggested Readings     313
Works Cited     313
Mushroom Guides and Readings     313
Tree Guides     315
Cooking Mushrooms     315
Web Sites     315
Photo Credits and Acknowledgments     317
Glossary and Index     319
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