"Perfect for any mushroom hunter or wannabe hunter."--Illinois Country Living
"[A] beautifully photographed, chummily written guide."Chicago Reader
Lavishly illustrated with nearly three hundred gorgeous full-color photos, this engaging guidebook carefully describes forty different edible species of wild mushrooms found around Illinois and surrounding states, including Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, Indiana, and Kentucky. With conversational and witty prose, the book provides extensive detail on each edible species, including photographs of potential look-alikes to help you safely identify and avoid poisonous species. Mushroom lovers from Chicago to Cairo will find their favorite local varieties, including morels, chanterelles, boletes, puffballs, and many others. Veteran mushroom hunters Joe McFarland and Gregory M. Mueller also impart their wisdom about the best times and places to find these hidden gems.
Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois and Surrounding States also offers practical advice on preparing, storing, drying, and cooking with wild mushrooms, presenting more than two dozen tantalizing mushroom recipes from some of the best restaurants and chefs in Illinois, including one of Food & Wine magazine's top 10 new chefs of 2007. Recipes include classics like Beer Battered Morels, Parasol Mushroom Frittatas, and even the highly improbable (yet delectable) Morel Tiramisu for dessert.
As the first new book about Illinois mushrooms in more than eighty years, this is the guide that mushroom hunters and cooks have been craving.
Visit the book's companion website at www.illinoismushrooms.com.
Great pictures. I would have appreciated some detailed maps of where different species are most likely to be found, but the book is still great without them.Published 3 days ago by BarbG
Although I'm in southern Wisconsin, thankfully this excellent book covers my area also. I really appreciate the look-alike comparisons and the clear instructions on how to tell... Read morePublished 15 days ago by CarolECI
One of the best for beginning mushroom hunters. The pictures are superb and such good info. Wish there were more than 40 mushrooms,but this is one excellent book. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Sheila A. Jensen
Good reference book. Some humorous comments were good. Some things repetitive, Ie; spore print. Worth the money.Published 25 days ago by Woody
Simple to understand with great pictures. Practical for the midwesterner.Published 1 month ago by Melvin Boule
Wonderful book to start out with. I have not tried the recipes perhaps next year. Great for starting out.Published 2 months ago by Carla Priest
BEST MUSHROOM BOOK OF THE CENTURY! I highly recommend. Sharp clear pictures, relatable descriptions and warnings.Published 3 months ago by Jade