mushrooms -- identification

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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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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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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