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Product Details

  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky (April 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813190398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813190396
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Includes 400 full color photographs showing the distinctive features of each species in their natural habitats. Each photo includes a text that describes the mushroom, tells its common and scientific names, discusses look-alike species and whether or not it might make you sick." -- Dominion (WV) Post



"Anyone, experienced or amateur, who is interested in collecting mushrooms and related fungi in the eastern US should purchase this book. Even those who already have mushroom books should buy it, as it includes many species of fungi not usually found in similar books." -- Native Plants



"The most striking attribute of the book is the high quality of the photographs that illustrate all of the species included. Virtually all of them were photographed in their natural habitat with all of the important macroscopic characteristics shown. The exceptionally good color reproduction will greatly facilitate identification by amateurs and professionals alike." -- Choice



"The author displays an excellent grasp of current scholarship…His presentation is detailed, while engaging, and entertaining throughout…descriptions are clear, concise, and accurate….This book will appeal to beginners and also seasoned mushroom gatherers." -- Don Yeltman



"An impressive new field guide.... Certainly one of the most thorough books available on this subject, and its generous use of color photography, clear organization, and succinct writing make it one of the most user friendly." -- Goldenseal



"A first-rate field guide.... A 'must' for all mushrooming in the Appalachians, and will be required by all concerned with the identification, distribution, and ecology of macromycetologists in North America." -- Mycotaxon



"A splendid book. These folks are thorough, and Bill's book is evidence of their dedication and persistence." -- Paul Goland



"An excellent guide." -- West Virginia

About the Author

William C. Roody is a seasonal biologist with the West Virginia Wildlife Diversity Program at the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

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This book makes an excellent field guide.
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Well formatted, clear concise descriptions and nice pictures.
Leif
I own about 40 mushroom books and this one is my favorite.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn L. Evans on February 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
I live in New York State and have been collecting mushrooms for years - edible and otherwise. I already own just about every other field guide to identifying mushrooms and other fungi, so when I saw this book for sale, I thought "do I really need another?" Well, it turns out I did. This book is fabulous! The pictures are first rate, and sometimes provide identifying detail that pictures in other books do not. While the "regulars" are there (mushrooms you find illustrated in almost every field guide) it also contains pictures of mushrooms that are common but not regularly pictured in other field guides. Consequently, it allowed me to solve a lot of long-standing "mushroom mysteries" in my backyard. The book contains longer than average "comments" on each species, often providing fascinating information. I highly recommend ths book!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By S. C. Roberts on July 20, 2004
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I live in Tennessee. I own about 40 mushroom books and this one is my favorite. It is great to have a book for identification that covers mushrooms found in the south so well. The pictures are excellent. Roody lists possible look-alikes in many of the excellent, detailed descriptions. He also comments on the edibility of each species. Should be an excellent book for beginners and seasoned mushroom hunters alike. Highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brett Kees on December 5, 2003
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After a decade of waiting for this book, I am certainly not disappointed. As an avid mushroom hunter, I have to say that this is the best field guide I have found.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Leif on August 12, 2008
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I live in Kentucky and this book works great for my area. I have nothing to add to the previous glowing reviews. This is just such a wonderful book I wanted to make sure it got as much high praise as it deserves! Well formatted, clear concise descriptions and nice pictures. Everything you would like to see in a mushroom book. Five Stars all the way!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joker on June 20, 2011
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This book makes an excellent field guide. The pictures are of high quality making them easy to compare to the actual mushroom and are on the same page as the description of the particular mushroom. This is easier and quicker than having to flip back and forth throughout the book comparing pictures and descriptions. The pages are coated giving resistance against dampness, dirt and the elements. A very well organized and easy to use identification book. Very pleased with my purchase and would recommend it to anyone interested in mushroom hunting in Central Appalachia.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fish_Fear_Me on April 17, 2011
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On the positive side, this is an excellent book. It is very well written, has detail oriented descriptions and is chock full of beautiful, clear, close-up photos. This book is certainly worthy of being added to any beginner's or seasoned hunter's library. As a note of caution though, if you get it, I suggest thoroughly checking out the binding to ensure that it's solid and tight. When I got mine, I began opening it as with any new book and the seam of the first few pages literally cracked and broke away from the rest of the binding. This happened in a couple other sections of the book as well. So, I immediately contacted Amazon customer support to explain the problem. The rep right then and there set up a replacement (which is perfect) via 2 day expedited shipping back to me, followed by an emailed return label so I could ship the damaged one back free of charge. Can't beat that kind of service with a stick! Thanks again Amazon!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Don Herzog on October 13, 2011
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While on vacation from California in mid October, it had rained several days and the forests were alive with mushrooms. I new many of them, but needed a reference for the area. This book filled the bill perfectly. I was able to easily identify everythying that I saw. The pictures are superb showing several specimens in each photo. I will purchase another copy to donate to my mushroom club back home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OhMyManders on July 20, 2011
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I have been introduced to multiple books on the classification and information of mushrooms, but this was so specific to my area that it was just the right gift for my someone special! Beautiful images!!
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