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Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois and Surrounding States: A Field-to-Kitchen Guide (Field-To-Kitchen Guides) Paperback – March 31, 2009
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"Perfect for any mushroom hunter or wannabe hunter."--Illinois Country Living
"[A] beautifully photographed, chummily written guide."Chicago Reader
Lavishly illustrated with nearly three hundred gorgeous full-color photos, this engaging guidebook carefully describes forty different edible species of wild mushrooms found around Illinois and surrounding states, including Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, Indiana, and Kentucky. With conversational and witty prose, the book provides extensive detail on each edible species, including photographs of potential look-alikes to help you safely identify and avoid poisonous species. Mushroom lovers from Chicago to Cairo will find their favorite local varieties, including morels, chanterelles, boletes, puffballs, and many others. Veteran mushroom hunters Joe McFarland and Gregory M. Mueller also impart their wisdom about the best times and places to find these hidden gems.
Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois and Surrounding States also offers practical advice on preparing, storing, drying, and cooking with wild mushrooms, presenting more than two dozen tantalizing mushroom recipes from some of the best restaurants and chefs in Illinois, including one of Food & Wine magazine's top 10 new chefs of 2007. Recipes include classics like Beer Battered Morels, Parasol Mushroom Frittatas, and even the highly improbable (yet delectable) Morel Tiramisu for dessert.
As the first new book about Illinois mushrooms in more than eighty years, this is the guide that mushroom hunters and cooks have been craving.
Visit the book's companion website at www.illinoismushrooms.com.
Top Customer Reviews
The book is perfectly organized, with clear descriptions and first-rate photographs of common toxic and then edible area fungi and their habitats, and is extremely helpful in identification.
I would strongly recommend this guide to both experienced and novice mushroom hunters.
This field guide is so much better than other mushroom field guides because it deals with only two categories of mushrooms: the edible ones and the inedible look-alikes. There are lovely pictures on almost every page, and helpful hints to let even a beginner feel totally confident with identification. The style is friendly, often funny, and very readable--I've found my 7-year-old curled up reading this book several times.
The recipe section has some basic recipes and some way out-there recipes (morel tiramisu, anyone?). The book does deserve the name of "field to kitchen guide," but the emphasis is definitely on the "field" section--first things first, after all. I'm hoping for a more recipe-oriented sequel someday!
This book is great winter reading, but it makes me long to get out in the woods and hunt for these rare goodies! As other reviewers have said - wonderful photography and excellent, expert advice is in this book; it's the best mushroom book I've found.
As Vice President of Iowa's Prairie States Mushroom Club, I've twice purchased boxes of "Mushrooms of Illinois." I love to take them with me whenever I do presentations so that I may sell the books at a discount.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
found the book very informative and helpful. I seen another copy 2 years earlier wish I would have purchased it then. can't wait to get into the woods and meet the arthurPublished 11 days ago by Michael Warnick
Very informative book with lots of color photographs. I knew very little about mushrooms before reading the book, but now I feel educated.Published 3 months ago by Tracy Burge
This was an exceptional book and it totally filled my requirements! For the "average layperson" who wants to have the confidence to harvest an array of common mushrooms,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by KL