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Edible Mushrooms

Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America
by David Fischer & Alan Bessette

coverThis book could easily be included in either the field guide section or the cookbooks section. The book is divided into four parts. Part one, called "Discovering Mycophagy", gives good introductory advice about picking and eating mushrooms. Part two is a guide with detailed descriptions of over 100 edible mushrooms of North America. Most of the mushrooms are illustrated with a nice color photograph Part three is a guide to the common poisonous mushrooms of North America. Part four is the cookbook, with over 70 recipes. Each recipe is illustrated with a color photograph. Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America is a very nice book for all mycophagists (fungus eaters).

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Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms
of New England and Eastern Canada
by David L. Spahr

coverThis beautifully illustrated guidebook provides specific, easy-to-understand information on finding, collecting, identifying, and preparing the safer and more common edible and medicinal mushroom species of New England and Eastern Canada. Author David Spahr, a trained commercial photographer, here combines his mycological expertise and photographic skill to produce an attractive and detailed overview of his subject. Based on decades of practical experience and research, the book is written in a clear and forthright style that avoids the dry, generic descriptions of most field guides.

Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada also provides useful ideas for cooking mushrooms. Rather than simply providing recipes, the book discusses the cooking characteristics of each variety, with advice about matching species with appropriate foods. Many mushrooms contain unique medicinal components for boosting the immune system to fight cancer, HIV, and other diseases, and Spahr offers practical and prudent guidelines for exploration of this rapidly emerging area of alternative therapeutic practice. (Description from Amazon.)

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Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois
and Surrounding States: A Field-to-Kitchen Guide
by Joe McFarland & Gregory M. Mueller

coverLavishly illustrated with nearly three hundred gorgeous full-color photos, this engaging guidebook carefully describes forty different edible species of wild mushrooms found around Illinois and surrounding states, including Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, Indiana, and Kentucky. With conversational and witty prose, the book provides extensive detail on each edible species, including photographs of potential look-alikes to help you safely identify and avoid poisonous species. Mushroom lovers from Chicago to Cairo will find their favorite local varieties, including morels, chanterelles, boletes, puffballs, and many others. Veteran mushroom hunters Joe McFarland and Gregory M. Mueller also impart their wisdom about the best times and places to find these hidden gems. (Description from Amazon.)

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by Michael Kuo

coverFilled to the brim with information about the science and sport of finding, identifying, and savoring these world-renowned fungi, Morels is a far-ranging, reader-friendly book about one of America's most popular and passionately pursued outdoor activities.

Morels includes extensive information on the art of hunting morels and on current scientific knowledge regarding these delectable fungi. In addition, Kuo compiles easy-to-understand information on the latest scientific research into morels, from studies into how they grow to DNA-based classification of species. (Description from Amazon.)

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A Passion for Mushrooms
by Antonio Carluccio


I love this book! Unfortunately, like a lot of good mushroom books, it is out of print. Carluccio's enthusiasm for mushrooms is so infectious that you will be left with no choice but to cook a mushroom meal after browsing this book! Plus the stunning food photographs will leave you starving for that next meal. A Passion for Mushrooms is worth a search of the used bookstores...or the internet! Occasionally one of Amazon's sellers has a used copy, so try the link below:

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Wild About Mushrooms: The Mycological Society of San Francisco Cookbook
by Louise Freedman


Alas, one of the best wild mushroom cookbooks is long out of print! Good recipes with good discussion of the edible mushrooms. If you run across this book in a used bookstore ... grab it! If you are patient, you can find a copy on eBay or elsewhere online....occasionally one of Amazon's sellers has a used copy, so try the buy link below:

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A online edition is available at MykoWeb!

From Duff to Dinner: A Gourmet's Guide to Mushroom Cookery
ed. by Marjorie Young and Vince Viverito


Most of us were first exposed to wild mushrooms in restaurants. Confronted with a basket of wild mushrooms in our own kitchens, we're likely to be puzzled and wary. What does one do with them? This little book takes its recipes from nine professional chefs from Central California.

The book is divided into Appetizers, Soups and Salads, The Main Course, Side Dishes, and Baked Goods and Desserts. Mushrooms used in these recipes include Boletes, Candy Caps, Chanterelles, Cremini, Enoki, Matsutakes, Morels, Oysters, Porcini, Portobellos, Puff Balls and Shiitakes, many of which are available in grocery stores these days. (Excerpted from a Epicurious review.)

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