Mushrooming Without Fear: An Illustrated Guide to Identifying and Collecting the Best Edible Mushrooms

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Novices eager to collect tasty wild mushrooms will find this unique guide invaluable. Unlike others, it focuses only on those types that are both safe to eat and delicious. Most important, it presents the eight rules of mushroom gathering in a straightforward fashion—including "Never, never take a mushroom with gills" and "If a mushroom smells rotten, it is rotten." Among the many mushrooms covered are the cep; the red-cracked, larch, bay, and birch boletes; hen of the woods, chanterelle, trumpet chanterelle, ...
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Overview


Novices eager to collect tasty wild mushrooms will find this unique guide invaluable. Unlike others, it focuses only on those types that are both safe to eat and delicious. Most important, it presents the eight rules of mushroom gathering in a straightforward fashion—including "Never, never take a mushroom with gills" and "If a mushroom smells rotten, it is rotten." Among the many mushrooms covered are the cep; the red-cracked, larch, bay, and birch boletes; hen of the woods, chanterelle, trumpet chanterelle, hedgehog fungus, common puffball, horn of plenty, and cauliflower mushroom. Each is identified with several color photographs and identification checklist, and there's also information on mushroom season, handling, storage, and cooking, complete with recipes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602391604
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 212,644
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexander Schwab grew up in Switzerland and gained a master’s degree in philosophy and history at
Aberdeen University. He now lives in the beautiful Emmental region of
Switzerland and fills the gaps between fishing trips by working as a management consultant. His hobbies include mushrooming, cooking, exploring the countryside, and reading poetry. He is the author of Mushrooming without
Fear, Dear Jim: Reflections on the Beauty of Angling, and Hook, Line,
and Thinker.
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  • Posted September 25, 2009

    "Mushrooming Without Fear" is never a good idea

    This is a beautiful book with gorgeous photos of mushrooms, but is best used only as a "beautiful book", not an authoritative field guide. For one thing, it applies only to three rather limited areas in the U.S. Many of the mushrooms listed are not necessarily wide spread. This could be very frustrating / misleading to beginners, and it is obviously aimed at beginners. I had to chuckle at his number one rule, "Never, never take a mushroom with gills!!!" I must admit that greatly reduces the possibility of a serious, potentially fatal poisoning, but seems like an over simplification, and a cop-out. On the other hand he highly recommends"birch boletes", "rough stalks", which are easy to identify to genus, but are a confusing bunch when it comes to accurate species identification. It is becoming increasingly well-known that these have caused numerous illnesses, especially if eaten raw or undercooked. There have even been severe illnesses when these mushrooms have been well cooked. Some of these involved victims who were very knowledgeable mycologists. "Not a way you'd like to spend a day or two of your life!", according to one.
    I'll admit I haven't read the entire book, but was asked to review it, and have seen enough that makes me fearful for novices who might pick it up.
    Pretty to look at, but avoid using it to make decisions for dinner!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2009

    The book fall short of my expectations

    The book fall short of my expectation and I've since returned it to B&N

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2008

    Not bad but not as straightforward as I would have liked

    I have been foraging for 20 years. Mostly wild plants but recently wild mushrooms as well. I lost my ID book and hoped that this would be a good substitute. I have to say it was a little disapointing. I have the book and it's ok but not really the best of ID guides.

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