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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (August 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592536158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592536153
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.6 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gary Lincoff is the author, co-author, or editor of several books and articles on mushrooms. He teaches courses on mushroom and plant identification and use at the New York Botanical Garden and has led wild mushroom and edible wild plant study trips and forays to 30 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, and South, Central, and North America. Lincoff chaired the Telluride Mushroom Festival for 25 years (1980–2004), and still participates as its principal speaker. He is also a featured “myco visionary” in the award-winning documentary, Know Your Mushrooms, by Ron Mann. Lincoff also founded and led the New York City Edible Wild Plant Workshop, which featured a once-a-week wild edibles dinner plus a weekend hunt for edible wild plants and mushrooms in city parks. Patricia Wells published his edible wild plant recipes in an article in the New York Times, and he has been profiled in the Village Voice and New York magazine. He lives in New York City. http://www.garylincoff.com


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Customer Reviews

Great pictures and full of quality info.
jonathan flatt
I've got a bunch of books about mushrooms, but I think this is going to be one of the most useful.
Maria Reidelbach
This is the perfect book for the beginning mushroom hunter!
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Maria Reidelbach on September 27, 2010
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I've got a bunch of books about mushrooms, but I think this is going to be one of the most useful. The way it's organized is very different from any of the others. Rather than organizing around species, this user-friendly book starts out by looking at our lawns and gardens to talk about what's growing there, then progresses to the somewhat wilder backyard, then to parks, then to the wild.
It's international in scope, and catholic in range, covering culinary, medicinal and recreational mushrooms. It's got all the necessary caveats and information to keep both new and experienced hunters from poisoning themselves. It's also got lots of information in chart form to quickly find seasonal mushrooms or to find mushrooms by habitat.
Some of the photos are gorgeous and the pages are all corner indexed so that you can quickly find the section you want.
You'll still need an Audubon Guide (which Lincoff also wrote) or other authoritative guide for more complete listings of various species, but one of the things I like about this book is that there are often many photographs of the same species of mushroom, which really helps to show how different they can look depending on all kinds factors.
I've just begun to try the recipes in the back, but the maitake and wild rice one is delicious.
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Lee on May 15, 2011
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This book is pretty and amusing but in no way what it claims to be. The pictures and descriptions of mushrooms that are used are insufficient for identification. Much of the information the book provides, although written in a pleasant narrative style, is also no relevant to identification of mushrooms which are safe to eat. For species which have poisonous look-alikes this author completely fails to give the details that would allow a person to tell the look-alike from the edible variety. I took the time to look many of the mushrooms in this book up in other books and found that this book could get you killed if you were inclined to trust it. This book suggests species and cooking techniques well but is in no way a field guide. If you are looking for a field guide, look elsewhere. 100 Edible Mushrooms is an example of a book that is a better field guide and will describe dangerous mushrooms much better.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bundita on December 22, 2010
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This fills a gap in the literature - there are plenty of field guides out there, but very few that condense the complex knowledge required to safely gather edibles into anything resembling wisdom, and Lincoff's book does this. It's also full of fabulous, entertaining stories. One thing I especially appreciate about "The Complete Mushroom Hunter" is that the author separates out the psychotropic species from the poisonous ones, and also lists some of the more common medicinal mushrooms. Many guides simply lump the psychotropic species in with the poisonous ones, in a move that has "just say no" written all over it. This kind of conflation does not inspire confidence, particularly when one is relying on a guide for information that could mean life or death. I appreciate that this book takes the rational road in this regard. The other great thing about this book is its wonderful recipes, written by somebody who clearly knows how to cook, and also knows which techniques work well for which species. I have long wanted to use chanterelles in a dessert, owing to their fruity apricot-like aroma; here was a recipe for chanterelle ice cream! Brilliant! In addition to my usual saute-then-freeze approach, this year I cooked some of the (many bags full of) chanterelles in syrup, pureed, and froze it. To make the ice cream was just a matter of thawing the syrup, adding cream, and freezing in the ice cream freezer. It got great reviews when I served it at Thanksgiving.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By enthusiastic reader on July 31, 2010
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The Complete Mushroom Hunter: An Illustrated Guide to Finding, Harvesting and Enjoying Wild Mushrooms... is as much a magazine as a book. It's is a collection of compelling windows into the author's life and experiences. Mushrooms are the vehicle for his wonderful anecdotal style of writing. It's a lot of fun and informative at the same time, striking just the right balance between caution and enthusiasm. If you've never considered hunting for wild mushrooms or if you think of yourself as an expert you'll be amazed at how much you learn and how much fun you have doing so. The photography is amazing and the design and layout of the book make it a wonderful gift for anyone interested in foraging, food, the outdoors or looking at the world from a different point of view.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Udell on February 3, 2011
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Gary Lincoff has obviously been involved in mycology and everything mushroomy for a long time, and his book The Complete Mushroom Hunter: An Illustrated Guide to Finding, Harvesting, and Enjoying Wild Mushrooms, is a wonderful digest of all his knowledge put into a very enjoyable Guide. Touching on all of the important aspects of mushroom knowledge, this book encourages the novice to explore deeper into the wonderful world of mycology and, even if this is the only mushroom book they might own, be a safe and confident consumer of the most delicious and easily identifiable mushrooms that grow quite often very near our homes. I am very happy to have this book in my mushroom library!
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