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Field Guide to North American Truffles: Hunting, Identifying, and Enjoying the World's Most Prized Fungi Paperback – October 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580088627
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580088626
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* The first full-color illustrated guide to identifying North American truffles by their key features, including profiles of more than 80 species of truffles. * Includes more than 80 photographs of rare and hard-to-find truffle species. * Features flavor profiles, delectability index, and culinary tips for each species. * Perfect size for carrying in a pocket or daypack.

About the Author

FRANK EVANS, a founding member of the North American Truffling Society, lives in Portland, Oregon.


JAMES TRAPPE, PhD, serves on the faculty of Forest Science at Oregon State University and works with the Australian government as a specialist in truffles and other forest fungi. He lives in Corvallis, Oregon.


MATT TRAPPE has served as the Trufflemaster for the North American Truffling Society since 1998. He leads monthly truffle forays near his home in Corvallis, Oregon.

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Simple, easy to read, full of concise information and very accurate.
zachary hardin
Along with an introduction covering plenty of general tips on truffle hunting, the book includes detailed pages on many species of truffle.
H. Grove (errantdreams)
This is book for those that cook and are looking for new adventures!
Traci Barnwell

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By H. Grove (errantdreams) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 22, 2007
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If you're thinking of picking this up just so you can jaunt out to the woods and grab some food for dinner, you might want to think twice--given the number of inedible fungi out there (some toxic), the authors do recommend that amateurs wanting edible truffles take along a more experienced truffle hunter until they've got the hang of it. If you think that hunting truffles would make a cool hobby however, particularly given the newness of the sport and the possibility for finding and identifying new species, this is an indispensable book to have in your pocket.

Along with an introduction covering plenty of general tips on truffle hunting, the book includes detailed pages on many species of truffle. These include photographs, of course, and it's amazing to discover the vast range of colors, patterns, shapes, sizes, etc. among truffles! The season during which each truffle can be found is noted; for instance, the Trappea darkeri's season is April--November. Distribution comes next, anything from the vague "Western North America" to the incredibly specific "Only in western Oregon and northern California in lowland to foothill forests." Habitat describes, usually, the type of trees under which the truffle variety is found.

Since photos and descriptions sometimes aren't enough for identification, spore information is included as well--starting with a photograph of the spores (generally taken through a microscope). Spore notes include size in micrometers and a general description, and sometimes include notes on the particular dye or solution used to bring out certain features.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By StephenX on January 4, 2008
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Okay, I have to admit I was amazed that there are so many truffle species in the US. I've been hunting mushrooms for decades; but it never really dawned on me to dig around for truffles. I did find and eat some truffles when I planted pine trees in northern Alabama years ago; but never gave them much more thought. I'll add a small rake to the equipment I lug around on my forays in the woods this year. I thank the authours for opening up a new passion for me. I especially like the attention to the spore colours and shapes. This is the book to get if you're interested in these little gems
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mikeillogical on March 17, 2012
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Most of this book is about false truffles, I live in the northwest and only three or four of the truffles of cullinary interest from my area are in this book, however I found it to be an interesting book to look through, and the info I wanted was mostly there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Traci Barnwell on March 3, 2008
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This is book for those that cook and are looking for new adventures! Detailed descriptions of what and where to look. I do not agree with every review, so take a chance and decide for yourself. Its an adventure! Great book, new hobby.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By OH mushroomhead on November 15, 2010
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A nice little book for the avid mushroom hunter. Not particularly easy to use as a field guide, especially if you are not in the Pacific Northwest and are looking for information by geographic area.
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This is an awesome truffle book. I challenge anyone to find a more accurate, comprehensive, and portable guide to North American Truffles.
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Learned a lot from this book, just wish I lived in an area that these grow, seems not many in my region of the states. Handy book to carry in the hunting grounds.
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