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Product Details

  • Series: Field-To-Kitchen Guides
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 1st Edition edition (March 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252076435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252076435
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Perfect for any mushroom hunter or wannabe hunter."--Illinois Country Living

"[A] beautifully photographed, chummily written guide."Chicago Reader






"Essential information for naturalists and cooks alike."--Illinois Times
 
"Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois and Surrounding States should be required reading by all wild mushroom hunters in the Midwest, especially beginners. It will be an instant success throughout the Midwest and beyond!"--Fungi


 

"A lively, beautifully produced read."--Mushroom the Journal

Book Description

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.


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I take this book with me when I go out in the woods.
Nicholas
I am looking forward to identifying several edible mushrooms in my geographical area and especially eating them!
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This well-researched book is filled with great up-to-date information, pictures, recipes and humor as well.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By fugu3 on May 30, 2009
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After purchasing so many mushroom guides with muddy, poorly-lit [or drawn] illustrations, mind-numbing lists of obscure sub-species, and detailed accounts of taxonomic histories from the dawn of time, it is wonderful to open this new guide and actually learn useful stuff about mushrooms.
The book is perfectly organized, with clear descriptions and first-rate photographs of common toxic and then edible area fungi and their habitats, and is extremely helpful in identification.
I would strongly recommend this guide to both experienced and novice mushroom hunters.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By W. V. Evans on November 8, 2009
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This book is so much fun! It's a great read, and knowing about edible mushrooms really enhances our family hikes, not to mention our meals. I bought this book just in time for morel season this spring, and we've been eating wild mushrooms of various kinds ever since. (We just finished a hen-of-the-woods, and have a bag of oysters ready to fry up for supper.)

This field guide is so much better than other mushroom field guides because it deals with only two categories of mushrooms: the edible ones and the inedible look-alikes. There are lovely pictures on almost every page, and helpful hints to let even a beginner feel totally confident with identification. The style is friendly, often funny, and very readable--I've found my 7-year-old curled up reading this book several times.

The recipe section has some basic recipes and some way out-there recipes (morel tiramisu, anyone?). The book does deserve the name of "field to kitchen guide," but the emphasis is definitely on the "field" section--first things first, after all. I'm hoping for a more recipe-oriented sequel someday!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David A. Dickman on May 11, 2009
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With the outstanding photography and detailed descriptions, even beginners should have no trouble identifying some of the most delicious mushrooms in the midwest. This is one of the best regional guides that I have seen. I bought 2 extra copies to send to friends in Illinois.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen P. Frakes on October 2, 2009
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I purchased this book for my mother as she is a Morel Mushroom hunter. She loves hunting for mushrooms. I thought this book would give her information on the morels as well as other mushrooms. My mother loved the book. Anyone who loves hunting mushrooms will love this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeri B. Hedges on October 15, 2009
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Great book, the pictures are outstanding and the recipes are great. We take walks in the woods and always take this book with us. Morels used to be the only mushrooms that I would harvest, but with this book I feel more confident in harvesting some of the more easily identified mushrooms.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert F. Kokron on August 29, 2012
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I have been studying mushrooms and fungi for over 35 years. I live in Ontario, Canada. This is by far, the best mushroom field guide for Eastern and Central North America for anyone collecting for the table. I say this having a collection of over 25 field and identification guides to the fungi. I would recommend this guide to anyone interested in collecting edible mushrooms.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Dalton on May 16, 2011
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This book has many great color photos and detailed descriptions. A must have if you are planning to forage for wild mushrooms in and around Illinois
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HR on March 27, 2010
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My husband reads a LOT of nature books. I got this for him but I liked this one too. This is an excellent guide to the basics of mushroom identification, great explanations, great photos. It focuses on some basic mushrooms, the best thing is it shows the alternative possibilities of what other mushrooms each mushroom could resemble.... great for "differential diagnosis". Maybe the best first mushroom book for someone who really wants to learn mushroom identification.
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