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So it’s easy to recommend Texas Mushrooms to any [reader] who travels to Texas, especially since it’s the only field guide to Texas mushrooms. The book definitely has some Texas swagger: from the assertion that mushroom-hunting in Texas is a year-round activity to pride in the diversity of mushrooms in East Texas…to the receipe for Texas-hot Pickled Mushrooms. The tone of the book is informal; this is the friendliest mushroom field guide I’ve encountered. (Patricia McNaught New Jersey Mycological Association 2013-07-01)

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Susan and Van Metzler have been hunting, photographing, and identifying Texas mushrooms for about forty years.
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Product Details

  • Series: Corrie Herring Hooks Series (Book 18)
  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press; 1 edition (May 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292751265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292751262
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kim Whitaker on April 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
Fall 2000 and so far this Spring 2001, I have found thirteen types of wild mushrooms growing on my ranch in Bandera Texas (amazing what some good rains can do!). So far, I have been able to identify all of them with this single reference book. Pictures are clear, and descriptions are detailed. I highly recommend this book. By the way, I found morels---first time they've been seen in over 20 years here in the Hill Country, according to the locals.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By karima taliba on March 15, 2001
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This book is wonderful. A thorough guide by the legendary Metzlers, famous experts on the subject. Color photos of every mushroom are beautiful and helpful. Complete descriptions, including interesting history, tips and cooking advice, make this book a fun, fascinating aid to any mushroom hunter. Other books will not suffice. Texas mushrooms are unique and strange, with many species that only occur in Texas. Other books will have dangerous gaps. You need this book. I'd buy it again, if I didn't already have it. The Deity-Man Van deserves our worship.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Real E. Picky on September 7, 2008
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Don't be turned off from buying this book. I consider it a fine addition. I relate better to the simple, common names of mushrooms. Not the scientific names. Also, I found some huge mushrooms in my pasture identified as "horse mushrooms" elsewhere. I could find no mention of them in this book and they are supposed to be excellent for eating. If I were a novice, I would add this book but not rely on it for my sole information source. Never assume anything concerning wild mushrooms. Do your research and proceed with extreme care.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Manley VINE VOICE on December 15, 2006
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This book really does Texas wild mushrooms well. Susan and Van Metzler present Texas mushrooms in a vivid format with many pictures, and information. You can tell these two have a passion for hunting mushrooms. They take a conservative approach when it comes to what types of mushrooms are edible, and which ones are not.

Their book has pictures of every type of mushroom they mention. They give time of year they may appear and where you may find the mushrooms. Careful details is added to whether or not the mushroom may be edible. I like that they mention some are edible, but they caution against eating a particular type of mushroom. They also mention which mushrooms it is not known if they are deadly or not.

You can tell these two have a passion for mushroom hunting and it shows in this book. Vivid color photographs, detailed information about their growing seasons, locations, are all included. They also slip in some recipes with this mushroom guide. I would recommend adding this book to your collection if you are hunting mushrooms in Texas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barrett Hansen on June 22, 2013
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This book is so easy to use to learn about the various mushrooms you are likely to find in the various Texas ecosystems. I was so happy when it was made available (again) and rescued from its apparent obscurity (it had been in the dreaded land of "out-of-print" for several years). I highly recommend this book to anyone, whether you are a forager or just interested in the natural world around you. Since I live in Texas, I don't have any idea if it will be useful to folks outside Texas, but I must say that the Missouri website about edible mushrooms helped me find my first puffball mushrooms in central Texas (Bastrop County), so it may be useful in all parts of the central southwest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelsey Mathis on September 5, 2013
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I used it to help identify mushrooms for a mycology class. More often than not it didn't have the mushrooms I was looking for. All the mushrooms were picked out of my yard in Texas, but had trouble identifying all of them with this book.

This book has great pictures though.

Mushrooms Demystified is a better purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ramiro Molina on January 7, 2014
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alot of color photos and good descriptions, though most of the mushrooms describled in the book are either deadly or not yet determined as deadly. good book for those that want to know what that thing that sprouted in thier yard is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bubba_in_TX on November 29, 2013
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Great book, but it actually made me not to want to go hunt mushrooms after reading it. It's too easy to get a bad mushroom......
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