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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN REGIONAL (July 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472031260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472031269
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Merle J. Hickey on August 9, 2007
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As an avid schroomer and an educator in collecting and identifying mushrooms most folks I know always ask the question "is it edible?". This book helps to answer that question. The author also put enough caution into his book that a reader would find out that one can never be too careful when consuming wild mushrooms. The pictures and descriptions are excellant. The author also goes into the relationship between certain trees and the mushroom itself. This helps the new schroomer know where to search for a certain species. A great help on this subject!!!!!!
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Old Sawdust on October 7, 2008
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This is my third mushroom guide, and so far is my favorite, followed closely by "Audubon's Field Guide to Mushrooms". The photos in Michael Kuo's book are wonderful, the descriptions are clear, and I especially like that it has a section especially for "beginners" (of which I am one) that describes a few edibles that aren't easily confused with anything else. This section has helped me to locate safe edibles in my area. I'm loving this book and carry it with me in my vehicle. You just never know when or where you might spot an interesting fungi! I highly recommend this book!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By tinycamper on July 22, 2010
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This is a beautiful book that is a wonderful addition to my collection of mushroom books. The large, full color photos are especially appreciated.

If you want to expand your knowledge of mushrooms and enjoy reading well written and sometimes entertaining mushroom lore in easy-to-understand plain English, you will love this book.

All the measurements are metric. Since my brain refuses to make the conversion, I read the descriptions with a ruler that features inches and centimeters in hand.

The section on poisonous mushrooms is especially good, and the Focus Points are great. I keep returning to this book again and again after consulting other mushroom guides, and it often answers questions about specific mushrooms that the other books leave unanswered.

I also use Michael Kuo's excellent online identification keys for mushrooms not covered in this book.

Highly recommended.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By K. Franklin VINE VOICE on September 22, 2008
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This is a lovely big paperback with great prose, super photos, and lots of interesting facts. The author has a fun sense of humor and I often laugh out loud while reading it. HOWEVER, I bought this book because it was advertised as a mushroom book/cookbook. There are only a few recipes, and many of the mushrooms listed get a recommendation like, "replace the chanterelles in X recipe with these boletes" In other words, few recipes with a lot of uses. I expected at least half a cookbook. I'm glad I have it, and I have been using it and enjoying it, but don't buy it if all you want is the recipes.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth E. Hoover on October 5, 2007
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Kuo is an amazing writer making this book one of my best purchases this year. Thorough and yet and incredibly easy read even for a layman. Recommended for anybody studying mushrooms regardless of experience level.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Edelman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 10, 2013
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This is only the latest addition to my mushroom library, which now totals about 8 books. A lot of the best mushroom book seem to be focused on the Pacific Northwest, so it was nice to find one that concentrates on my part of the country. The photos are excellent, as are the descriptions, and the detailed warnings. It's a tad big for use as a field guide, but it's great reference and an enjoyable read. Just browsing through you'll pick up a lot of useful information and learn to recognize a number of varieties. Interestingly, the author states that he doesn't consumer a lot of wild mushrooms, perhaps because he's had a few bad experiences with "edible" mushrooms.

The book begins with warnings and descriptions of toxic mushrooms, including many that might be confused with popular edibles. Curiously, the first mushrooms described are those you can find in the supermarket. That may seem odd, but Kuo has a very good reason for doing this. He wants you to get a sample of mushrooms that are absolutely, positively identified, and then study them to really learn about distinguishing features. Brilliant, really. The wild mushrooms themselves are divided into good beginner mushrooms, those requiring some experience, and the "difficult' ones- those best picked by experts only.

There's some disagreement between experts on what constitute good beginner mushrooms- for instance Kuo puts the Hen of theWoods into the middle category, whereas many authors consider it a good beginners mushroom- but Kuo errs on the side of caution, and I think that's a good idea. He also warns against falling into the trap of becoming too bold, and too adventurous, like those who take pride in eating the non-toxic Amanitas. That's a dangerous game to play, even for experts.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sham Man on January 6, 2009
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I purchased this for my mushroom hunting brother in law for Christmas. I wanted to make sure that what he found and ate was safe as I really do love him. After looking over a number of books, both online and in bookstores, I ordered this. It is a super book with tons of information. He loved it so much he stopped unwrapping Christmas presents to read his new book. I was very pleased with the quality, information and price.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roy E. Lee on February 3, 2009
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If you are only going to buy one or two books on mushrooms...or lot's of books on mushrooms....be sure that "100 Edible Mushrooms" by Michael Kuo is one of those books. Fantastic!!! They just don't come any better! Michael is an unbelievably talented author who has an incredible grasp on his subject matter. Buy this book!
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