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minimally useful and lacking in significant detail
on January 13, 2010
This book has descriptions of edible and medicinal species but scant information about the chemical constituents of medicinal varieties, little or no information on medicinal preparation, and only cursory notes on food use and preparation. It's not practical as an identification manual since it has no keys and organizes all species alphabetically rather than taxonomically. Furthermore, the writing is dull and too often opinionated with little or no support for the author's positions concerning sustainable foraging and the dangers of toxic medicinals. The reader is frequently told "Don't mess with this plant" or admonished not to pick it without being told exactly why or given citations for further reading. If Mushrooms Demystified sets the standard for highly informative, surprisingly entertaining, and down right useful guide books, this book fails to come even remotely close to that standard. That aside, if you plan on seriously learning to identify and ingest wild edibles, you might want this book in your library.