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"How dazzling is the world of mushrooms? The fan-shaped cinnabar oysterling looks like something you would find undersea. The violet webcap is vibrant. These are among the more than 600 fungi described and illustrated in this scholarly and beautiful book."
(New York Times 2011-05-17)

"The new Book of Fungi, by Peter Roberts and Shelley Evans, is a couple of kilograms worth of beautiful mushroom book. The lurid photographs and enticing, offhandedly witty descriptions make the reader want to go out collecting specimens right away."—Popular Science
(Popular Science 2011-05-24)

"This book will clearly be a desired acquisition for all mushroom hunters, both amateur and experienced. . . . Highly recommended."—Choice

(Choice 2011-09-01)

About the Author

Peter Roberts was for fourteen years a senior mycologist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He has undertaken field trips throughout the British Isles and Europe, as well as North, Central, and South America, the Caribbean, and Africa, and has published extensively on temperate and tropical fungi. He is the coauthor of New Naturalist: Fungi and is on the editorial boards of the journals Field Mycology, Mycological Progress, Czech Mycology, and Persoonia. Shelley Evans was conservation officer for the British Mycological Society for ten years and is on the executive committee of the European Council for the Conservation of Fungi and the IUCN world specialist group for fungi. She is coauthor of Pocket Nature: Fungi and is on the editorial board of the journal Field Mycology. She is an experienced field mycologist, having undertaken field trips throughout the British Isles and Europe, as well as North America.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 656 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (April 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780226721170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226721170
  • ASIN: 0226721175
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.9 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Scott on May 27, 2011
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This is a beautiful book, full of an incredible array of fascinating species of mushroom-type fungi.

Take a look at the "Look Inside!" Amazon feature and that will tell you most of what you need to know. There are about 30 pages of introductory material, including a four page "Guide to the Fungi" that gives some information useful for identification, and some end matter including a few pages on classification, as well as indexes by common name and scientific name.

The rest of the book (600+ pages) consists of one page per species as you can see in the sample pages.

It's a heavy, beautifully bound book of the highest quality, one which is is very pleasant to simply browse through while wondering at nature's variety. For this alone I can highly recommend it as an object which is satisfying to possess.

It is however important to note a few things. This is not an "edible mushroom book", nor is it really a guide to identifying and differentiating various species. It really is mostly a visual catalog of 600 or so fungal species with pictures and interesting information about each. Also as the authors note, the book only covers around 1% of the known species.

Each species descriptions includes a "Similar species" section, however there are no page-number cross references when the mentioned species are included in the book, so you have to look each one up by scientific name in the index to see if it is included. Descriptions include associations, and a list of species categorized by association could have been a nice feature. I would have liked to see more useful/practical information like this added beyond the very basic overviews included.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dr. John W. Rippon VINE VOICE on June 8, 2011
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This is a large, weighty, long book at nearly seven pounds and some six hundred fifty pages. It is meant to be an amateurs' introductory guide to the vast world of the Kingdom Fungi. The authors have chosen to take some six hundred species of macroscopically visible fungi from around the world, photograph them and comment on them one organism per page. There are about 100,000 species of molds described so far so these 600 species are just an introduction. Included organisms are the popular mushrooms of field, woods and grocery stores in addition to some wood rots and a few decay and disease organisms plus a few lichens. The authors, both members of the world renowned mycology group at Kew Gardens in England are both bone fide mycologists not just amateurs taking pretty pictures. And their pictures are pretty showing the fungus life size and in color.
They have chosen to make this a "popular" book rather than a reference text. Thus the individual species are discussed on visible characters with no mention of microscopic details. So the book is not an identification guide. They have given each organism the currently valid scientific name but, alas, no idex of former scientific names and synonymy. Thus if you were trying to find Gymnopilus spectabilis (Big Laughing Jim in the U.S.) you wouldn't as the new name now is Gymnopolis junonius with a common name in England of Spectacular Rust Gill. The common names used in the book are said to be names in usage in England but are not the common names used in America. Witches' Butter in England is listed as Exidia glandulosa whereas in the U.S. it refers to Tremella mesenterica. The authors call this species Yellow Witches' Butter but in America that name refers to Tremella lutescens. Confusion abounds!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David B Richman on June 20, 2011
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There are certainly many books on mushrooms and one would think one more, especially one that is advertised as not a guide, but an overview of mostly mushrooms, mushroom relatives and lichens, would not be in much demand. But if that is so it is a great pity. While the reader cannot use "The Book of Fungi: A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred Species from Around the World" as a manual for identifying edible mushrooms, the book fulfills a need for a more general review of the more interesting known species from our planet. These are presented life size in at least one illustration and thus the less visible fungi need not apply. Still the book is lavishly illustrated and full of interesting information about each of the six hundred fungi covered. Each has a distribution map and these often are a surprise. I was interested to find that one of the most poisonous of the Amanitas, the destroying angel, may actually be restricted to Europe, with the other "destroying angel's" in other parts of the world consisting of three different species! Other fungus species may have a world-wide (except the polar areas) distribution, while still others are restricted to New Zealand or Australia or are found exclusively in the Southern or Northern Hemispheres.

The authors, Peter Roberts and Shelley Evans are certainly qualified to write such a thick tome. He was a senior mycologist at Kew and she was conservation officer for the British Mycological Society. They have produced something that is not a field guide, but not really a coffee table book either. It is, as they imply, a survey of only a small sample of the fungal world that they hope will inspire the reader to delve further. In this I think that they have succeeded and I recommend this well-illustrated volume to anyone who thinks that they might find the bizarre world of fungi of interest.
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