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Alan E. Bessette is a mycologist and professor of biology at Utica College. His books include Mushrooms of Northeastern North America, Mushrooms of the Adirondacks, and Mushrooms of North America in Color. Arleen R. Bessette, a psychologist and botanical photographer, is the author of numerous books including Taming the Wild Mushroom.
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  • Paperback: 107 pages
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press (June 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815608489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815608486
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Common Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms of New York is a handy book and a good starting point for the budding amateur mycologist. It gives you a nice overview of what you want to keep your eyes open for. I finally found some boleti edulium as a result. However, it is in no way comprehensive. The myriad of mushroom varieties in New York State is mindboggling. This book makes it seem like there are a couple dozen edibles and a couple dozen poisonous types. Actually walking around in the woods puts this book in perspective. For every mushroom I have found that is included in this book, I have probably found 5 that are not and of those 5, one or two might look promising, but are not a perfect match with the mushrooms described in this book. This is a good supplement and if you live in NY State, it is probably something you should buy. However you should still have a big mushroom book with lots of listings for all those other mushrooms you will certainly find and wonder about.
As to the cooking portion of this book... I would have preferred simpler recipes that emphasize the flavors of the mushroom rather than the cheesy (pun intended) dishes that are given. The food styling and artificial light photography is not very appealing either. ...nice idea, but not very inviting execution.
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Finally, a field book for mushrooms tuned to the local fungi. I have a "field" book that weighs 11# and has more than 1200 mushrooms in it. It covers two continents and is so comphrehensive you can't rely upon it for anything. It came from the publishert with six slipped in corrections, two of which involved deadly shrooms. This gem covers my region, only the safest choices, and is clear about the dangerous choices. So what if I can't safely pick some rarely seen variety, or some variety that is a near replica of virosa treacherosa. Who wants a liver transplant anyway?
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A native of upstate NY and avid outdoorswoman, I was excited to see this book being offered by Syracuse University Press, because as of now, the only mushroom I've felt safe gathering and cooking for my family has been giant puffballs. I'm pretty sure I've been mowing over a splendid edible variety every summer and am looking forward to using this book to see if I'm correct. I really like the spore and bruise tests given for each mushroom so I can make sure I know what I am gathering and whether they are edible.

I know there are many more mushrooms than this book covers growing out in the beautiful wild about me but I think this is a fabulous place to begin learning. My only dislike of the book is a superficial one, the photographer in me cannot tolerate flash photography and the photos would have been so much more welcoming and appetizing with a natural light source.
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Awesome book for those of you that are like me and are in the wilderness alot. It's great to identify any mushrooms that are poisoness incase you like to just pick fresh mushrooms and eat. Only thing is, It doesn't have any psilocybin species which was a disappointment to me.
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By phahn50 on November 26, 2012
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This book is not useful. Its selection is very limited and the descriptions don't provide enough detail. If you're seriously interested in mushroom hunting, get a better reference book (Petersen or Smith, for example).
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