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"David Spahr combines his considerable knowledge of fungi, art, photography, fine cuisine, wine, and more into a beautiful and captivating book. For anyone interested in wild mushrooms, from beginner to expert, this unique work provides valuable information that you won't easily find anywhere else. I give it my highest recommendation."
—Bill Russell, author of Field Guide to the Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic

"Clear, user-friendly information on every aspect of mushrooming for the pothunter makes this the mushroom book I wish I had when I first began foraging."
—"Wildman" Steve Brill, "America's Best-Known Forager," and author of Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places and The Wild Vegetarian Cookbook

"David Spahr has put together an informative book and a worthy addition to the knowledge of anyone interested in finding, identifying, photographing, and cooking wild mushrooms."
—Patrick Hamilton, chef for the Sonoma County Mycological Association (SOMA)

“For arm-chair foragers or amateur mycologists … the book offers photographs and helpful hints for collecting mushrooms in the woods and the fringes of the suburbs.”
Port City Life Magazine

“Excellent for the food connoisseur in your household. In addition, physicians, dieticians, nutritionists, health buffs and professional chefs will enjoy this book immensely.”
Basil & Spice

About the Author

David Spahr has collected, photographed, and eaten wild mushrooms for 35 years. He is a member of the Maine Mycological Association and maintains a Web site devoted to the subject, mushroom-collecting.com. Also a second degree black belt and longtime tai chi practitioner, he lives in Washington, ME.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; Original edition (July 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556437951
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556437953
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very informative book.
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I highly recommend this book whatever level of skill you already have.
Joanne Toone
Mistakes can be fatal!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By RF-CF on October 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
If the Field Guide to North American Mushrooms is like a telephone directory, which lists every number, then David Spahr's Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada is the "little black book" of mushrooms, containing intimate details about your very best and favorite specimens.

Spahr's book covers about two dozen "easy-to-find, relatively safe, edible and medicinal mushrooms." He provides lots of detailed, practical advice, including what to take (and not take) on a mushroom hunt, exactly where and when to look for them, how to take good photos, and how to prepare them.

Since acquiring this book, I've been able to identify a Giant Puffball, Parasols, Blewits and others which I had previously never seen. All I have to know is, "it's in the book" and I can quickly identify, prepare and eat it (without fear of poisoning). The book has also enabled me to more positively identify other mushrooms, including Artist's Conk, Honey Mushroom and Turkey Tails.

Spahr has eliminated the head scratching, time wasting and fumbling around, looking for a photo that matches your mushroom. Best of all, you won't leave behind a great mushroom because you're not sure what it is.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
MUSHROOMS - Edible and Medicinal by David L. Spahr
Reviewed by Dr. Joseph S. Maresca

This volume has virtually every variety of mushrooms popularized
in the organic foods marketplace. Each mushroom type is presented
in full color together with its proximate location and use; namely,
edible, non-edible or medicinal.

Mushrooms are fungi. The fungi release digestive enzymes to
decompose living and dead matter. There are 100,000 species
consisting of molds, yeasts and mushrooms. There are specific
rules for collecting mushrooms and identifying them.
i.e. pores, teeth and ridge networks.
There are specific tree types which host mushrooms
i.e. Maples host Oyster Mushrooms in the fall and early winter .

Digital cameras with at least 5 megapixels should be employed to
obtain high quality pictures of mushrooms in their natural state.
The Maitake mushrooms are known to have considerable medicinal
properties. For instance, they aid in boosting the immune system to
fight cancer and stabilize blood pressure. Secondary uses include
anti-hypertension and anti-diabetic properties. A full 98% of the
Maitake mushrooms are found around oak and dead tree trunks.
Ideally, mushrooms should be washed with a sink sprayer.

The book provides an extensive section on compatible wines to
specific mushroom types. For instance, Chanterelle mushrooms
may be eaten with a dry white wine. Hedgehog mushrooms
go well with Sherry or Port wine. The Horse Mushroom goes good
with dry red wine.

This acquisition would be excellent for the food connoisseur in
your household. In addition, physicians, nutritionists,
health buffs and professional chefs will enjoy this book immensely.
An excellent bibliography is provided for the readership.
The book is priced reasonably.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By dusty jack on November 4, 2009
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Great Pictures, Thorough and detailed wriiten ID info, in a friendly whimsical style. Includes great ideas for starting your own fungal paradise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NHBunion on March 10, 2014
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Living in New England I often enjoy woods walks & have noticed many mushrooms growing in the wild. I thought it'd be great harvesting those mushrooms, enjoying something different from the available supermarket varieties. My grandmother was a master mushroom picker, she knew which ones were okay to eat. A shame she didn't pass that knowledge onto me.

I bought this book hoping to educate myself, & despite the plentiful, high-quality photos, many of the poisonous mushrooms look nearly identical to the non-poisonous--you really need a pro to point out the differences. Thanks to the book I have harvested chaga from a birch tree in my yard & enjoy the "tea" from it. And it's nice recognizing what's what out there in the woods growing beside the trail.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mushroom Hunter on January 12, 2014
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I bought this book along with the Audubon Mushroom Guide. It's great! The pictures are very, very good. Descriptions are great. But, with mushrooms, you have to be so careful. I am very fortunate to have a good mushroom mentor and she even loves this book.

Mushrooming rule of thumb: "There are old mushroomers and there are bold mushroomers, but there are never any Old Bold mushroomers".

Never guess with mushrooms. It's amazing how many poisonous look a likes there are out there in the woods. Mistakes can be fatal! Study your guides but next to your good library of mushroom guides, you need to have a really good and trusted mentor!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roberta M. Dell Anno on January 24, 2012
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The book is easy to read and includes wonderful photographs and descriptions of each mushroom. It is beneficial for 'mushroom newbees' like myself and a great guide for more experienced 'shroomers'. My favorite chapter is Chapter 25 - "Preparing Mushrooms" and the section on "Mushroom/wine compatibility"...it sets it apart from any other mushroom/wild edible guides I have read :)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 20, 2010
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This book will take the guess work out of collecting mushrooms in the northeast and give the reader a lot of very specific pointers on where to find these wonderful edible species. The book focuses on collectible varieties, helping the beginner pass by the confusion of trying to identify immature/non-edible kinds. We just love it for its ease of reading, ancedotes and preparation information.
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