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Mushroom Field Guides #2

The New Savory Wild Mushroom
by Margaret McKenney, Daniel Stuntz, & Joseph Ammirati

coverThe third edition of this field guide (first published as The Savory Wild Mushroom) describes 199 edible, non-edible, and poisonous mushrooms commonly found in the Pacific Northwest, but omits the recipes included in the 1962 and 1971 editions. Grouped by the general types of the fruiting bodies, the entries feature a color photograph, give common and scientific names, describe the mushroom, and remark on its edibility and similarity to other species. The guide includes an up-to-date chapter on mushroom poisons. Beginners will appreciate the well-printed photographs and clear, nontechnical language. Advanced mycophiles will prefer the Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. (William Brockman, Drew Univ. Lib., Madison...quoted from Amazon.)

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A Field Guide to Mushrooms: North America
by Kent H. McKnight and Vera B. McKnight

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More than 1,000 species of mushrooms described in detail. Over 700 paintings and drawings reveal subtle field marks that cannot be captured into photographs. (Description from Amazon.)

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Mushrooms of Colorado and the Southern Rocky Mountains
by Vera Stucky Evenson

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Over 170 species of mushrooms grow in Colorado and the southern Rockies--sprouting in fields and forests, on riverbanks and mountainsides, even in your own backyard. This new field guide will appeal to anyone interested in mushrooming, from amateurs to experienced fungiphiles. Color photographs of mushrooms in their natural habitats are paired with descriptions and diagrams to help you identify the different species. Written and compiled by Vera Evenson, curator of the Denver Botanic Gardens' Herbarium of Fungi, the guide includes all the mushroom basics--structure, life cycles, habitats, and names. You will learn where and when to hunt for mushrooms as well as how to avoid poisonous ones. Published in cooperation with the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Denver Museum of Natural History. (Description from the publisher.)

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Texas Mushrooms
by Susan Metzler and Van Metzler

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Mushrooms in Texas? Yes, it's true. One of the best-kept secrets in the Lone Star state is that mushrooms can be found in almost every region. Thousands of species of mushrooms flourish in Texas from the desert and semiarid regions of West Texas to the moist and acid soils of East Texas, where species that can also be found in South America live alongside those that might be spotted in Malaysia and Europe. At last, here is the Texas mushroom book--a colorful, easy-to-follow guide that will surprise and delight uninitiated nature enthusiasts and at the same time provide the experienced mushroom hunter with the first field guide of its kind in Texas. Excellent color photographs and precise descriptions of over 200 species will enable the mushroom hunter--even the amateur--to make quick, careful easy distinctions between the edible varieties and the potentially toxic ones. In addition, kitchen-tested recipes are included along with a microscopic spore chart, glossary, and blbllography. In Texas, mushroom hunting can be a year-round, state-wide activity, and with this enticing introduction, collecting, identifying, and preparing wild mushrooms will become an activity the entire family can enjoy while appreciating the beauty of Texas from a new and fascinating angle. (Description from Amazon.)

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Mushrooms of Cape Cod and the National Seashore
by Bessette, Bessette, & Neil
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Although known for its sandy beaches and pounding surf, historic Cape Cod is also home to a unique community of mushrooms that can be found on its heaths, pine and oak barrens, and on the borders of its bogs, kettle ponds, and cedar swamps. Here is the definitive guide to the highly varied mycoflora of Cape Cod and the National Seashore. It contains accurate and up-to-date descriptions and over 150 color illustrations that help the reader identify over 250 indigenous mushroom species. The scope of this work goes well beyond the identification of mushrooms. The authors provide information that increases the readers awareness of the fragile nature of Cape Cod's various ecosystems and the critical role that mushrooms play in helping to preserve them. (Description from Amazon.)

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Mushrooms and Truffles of the Southwest
by Jack S. States

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The American Southwest is not usually thought of as a habitat for mushrooms, yet its various life zones are home to a surprising number of fungi and related species. This first book on the region's mushrooms and truffles provides descriptions and color illustrations for 156 major species and additional descriptive references for 155 more. Also included are selected slime molds and lichens, which, like truffles, usually are not covered in mushroom guides at all. The book's range is Arizona, New Mexico, and parts of Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California, and northern Mexico. It is designed to help fungiphiles not only identify mushrooms but also find them. The author describes the life zones where fungi can be found in association with characteristic plant communities and provides maps--with major landmarks indicated--designating conifer forests on public land where mushrooms are most often found. The major classifications covered are Club Fungi (Basidiomycetes), Stomach Fungi (Gasteromycetes), Sac Fungi (Ascomycetes), and Tuberlike Ascomycetes and Basidiomycetes. A special feature of the guide is the provision of cross references to other field guides, reinforcing the need to confirm identification before consuming mushrooms. Notations on toxicity and edibility are provided. (Description from the book.)

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Mushrooms of Northwest North America
by Helene M.E. Schalkwijk-Barendsen

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This book covers over 500 species of mushrooms found in the Pacific Northwest and western Canada, from Minnesota to the Pacific Coast and from Alaska south to California. Each plant is described in detail, including information on habitat, distribution, identification and edibility. The text is accompanied by exquisite color illustrations. Indexes for common names, genera and species, as well as an illustrated glossary, are also included. (Description from Amazon.)

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The Mushroom Hunter's Field Guide
by Alexander Smith & Nancy Webe
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cover“The Mushroom Hunter's Field Guide” is the guide that tells when, where, and how to find delicious edible mushrooms and how to avoid poisonous ones. Beginners as well as experts will be able to identify mushrooms in a matter of minutes. All of the mushrooms included are illustrated in beautiful color, adding visual enjoyment to the textual materials. The descriptions are tinged with wit and wisdom, making the use of this guide an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

This edition of The Mushroom Hunter's Field Guide should be useful throughout the United States and Canada, but users should remember that each region has certain species peculiar to it, and it is impossible to include all of them here. The coverage is best for the Northeast, Great Lakes region, Rocky Mountains, and the Pacific Northwest. It includes most of the truly fine edible wild mushrooms, whether they are common or rare. It also includes the most dangerous ones in order that collectors may recognize them for what they are. (Description from Amazon.)

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A Field Guide to Western Mushrooms
by Alexander H. Smith

coverWritten for the beginner as well as for the advanced mushroom hunter and gourmet, Professor Smith's superbly illustrated handbook contains detailed information about hunting for, identifying, studying, and feasting upon those wild mushrooms found especially in the area west of the Great Plains in North America, as well as in northern regions generally. Included are illustrations and descriptions of an exceptionally large number of native species not adequately represented in other works. Special attention to edible and poisonous species is given as far as information is available. Also offered is a discussion of the peculiarities of the western mushroom flora, along with tips on when and where to look for the various kinds. Like The Mushroom Hunter's Field Guide, Professor Smith's new work should quickly establish itself as the foremost handbook for the regions covered. (Description from the book.)

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A Field Guide to Southern Mushrooms
by Nancy Weber and Alexander Smith

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From the authors of The Mushroom Hunter's Field Guide and A Field Guide to Western Mushrooms comes this guide for finding and identifying mushrooms in the South. Most of the 241 species illustrated were photographed in their natural habitats by Dan Guravich, one of the world's leading nature photographers. The descriptions and observations highlight important features of each species and take much of the mystery out of mushroom hunting. Whether the mushrooms are poisonous or edible, common or rare, both the novice and the expert hunter will be able to identify these species with confidence. The scientifically accurate descriptions are tinged with wisdom, making this guide enjoyable reading and mushroom hunting a rewarding experience. (Description from the book.)

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