Mushrooms Demystified: A Comprehensive Guide to the Fleshy Fungi / Edition 2by David Arora
Pub. Date: 10/28/1986
Simply the best and most complete mushroom field guide and reference book, MUSHROOMS DEMYSTIFIED includes descriptions and keys to more than 2,000 species of mushrooms, with more than 950 photographs. Mushroom authority David Arora provides a beginner's checklist of the 70 most distinctive and common mushrooms, plus detailed chapters on terminology, classification, habitats, mushroom cookery, mushroom toxins, and the meanings of scientific mushroom names. Beginning and experienced mushroom hunters everywhere will find MUSHROOMS DEMYSTIFIED a delightful, informative, and indispensible companion.
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I've been mushroom hunting for years and this was one of 'my' first books on mushrooms since borrowing my parents as a kid. This is an in-depth book to use as an identifying tool... use with 'All that the Rain Promises and More' for quick identifying! Great books, happy hunting!
Arora has a wonderfully breezy writing style that makes this book very accessible. Most mushroom books help you identify individual species, but offer no help for unlisted species. Arora puts a lot of emphasis on so called 'higher taxa', or groups of species. Even if all you care about is eating mushrooms, it is useful to know that the specimen you have is an Agaricus and not an Amanita. Even though Arora covers the Western US and not the Eastern US where I live, this is the reference I use more than any other.
This is the one mushroom book you need to own. Many pictures, easy to use, fun to read, it has it all.
The book is great. Arrived damaged (cover bent and some pages bent). Since this was a gift, I called and returned it and received a better copy.