Delicious Mushrooms

There are some delicious edibles and some poisonous fungi (a mushroom is a fungus). Hunting them is half the fun. Just remember the adage, "There are old mushroom hunters, and there are bold mushroom hunters, but there are no old, bold mushroom hunters!" Here are some books about identifying and cooking mushrooms. Bon appetit!

The Mushroom Cultivator: A Practical Guide to Growing Mushrooms at Home

By Paul Stamets, J.S. Chilton

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"Mushroom cultivation in the Western world has been a mysterious art. This guide covers every aspect of growing mushrooms at home. It gives step-by-step instructions for every procedure from starting spore cultures to harvesting fruiting bodies and dealing with contaminants and pests." --Amazon.UK

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100 Edible Mushrooms

By Michael Kuo

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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. Â 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."

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Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares: The Love, Lore, and Mystique of Mushrooms

By Greg A. Marley

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"Throughout history, people have had a complex and confusing relationship with mushrooms. Are fungi food or medicine, beneficial decomposers or deadly 'toadstools' ready to kill anyone foolhardy enough to eat them? In fact, there is truth in all these statements. In Chanterelle Dreams and Amanita Nightmares, author Greg Marley reveals some of the wonders and mysteries of mushrooms, and our conflicting human reactions to them.

"With tales from around the world, Marley, a seasoned mushroom expert, explains that some cultures are mycophilic (mushroom-loving), like those of Russia and Eastern Europe, while others are intensely mycophobic (mushroom-fearing), including, the US. He shares stories from China, Japan, and Korea--where mushrooms are interwoven into the fabric of daily life as food, medicine, fable, and folklore--and from Slavic countries where whole families leave villages and cities during rainy periods of the late summer and fall and traipse into the forests for mushroom-collecting excursions.

"From the famous Amanita phalloides (aka 'the Death Cap'), reputed killer of Emperor Claudius in the first century AD, to the beloved chanterelle (cantharellus cibarius) known by at least eighty-nine different common names in almost twenty-five languages, Chanterelle Dreams and Amanita Nightmares explores the ways that mushrooms have shaped societies all over the globe.

"This fascinating and fresh look at mushrooms--their natural history, their uses and abuses, their pleasures and dangers--is a splendid introduction to both fungi themselves and to our human fascination with them. From useful descriptions of the most foolproof edible species to revealing stories about hallucinogenic or poisonous, yet often beautiful, fungi, Marley's long and passionate experience will inform and inspire readers with the stories of these dark and mysterious denizens of our forest floor."

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The Chanterelle Book

By Olle Persson

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Chanterelles are some of the most sought-after edible mushrooms. Learn how to collect, store, and prepare them. You won't be sorry!

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Portobello Cookbook: 40 Quick and Easy Recipes

By Jack Czarnecki

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Maybe you prefer to forage at the supermarket? This is Czarnecki's third collection of mushroom recipes. The portobello deserves a book of its own!

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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms

By Gary A. Lincoff

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An excellent field guide. Lincoff includes "look-alike" species, with descriptions to help tell them apart. Very reassuring for the beginner.

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Mushrooms of the World: With 20 Photographs and 634 Full Color Illustrations of Species and Varieties

By Giuseppe Pace

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For each species, Pace shows a cross section revealing how the "gills" (beneath the cap) are attached to the stem, or are free from it. This is extremely useful for identifying what you find.

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Mushrooms of North America

By Orson K. Miller, Jr.

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Miller tells how to identify, and where to find them. Don't confuse this with a book by the same title by Roger Phillips. This one is better.

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Mushrooms Demystified: A Comprehensive Guide to the Fleshy Fungi

By David Arora

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Identifies over two thousand species, answers common questions about mushrooms, and gives advice on collecting, preserving, and cooking with mushrooms.

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In the Company of Mushrooms: A Biologist's Tale

By Elio Schaechter

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Schaechter, a microbiologist, writes about mushroom biology, history, appearance, flavors, folklore, collecting, and cooking. This is not a field guide, but an intelligent, enthusiastic look at mushrooming.

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