- Paperback: 1056 pages
- Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 2 edition (October 1, 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0898151694
- ISBN-13: 978-0898151695
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 2 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 345 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mushrooms Demystified Paperback – October 1, 1986
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This is the be-all and end-all of mushroom books! Truly an encyclopedia of mushroom facts and lore, lavishly illustrated with full-color photographs, literally everything you need to know about mushrooms, edible or not. Arora has taught mycology for close to twenty years and has hunted and photographed mushrooms across the North American continent. Threaded through the book are his wry and humorous observations and comments, making what could have been a rather dull, "just-the-facts, ma'am" reference book into a really enjoyable read. The stunning photographs of the incredible variety of fungi are fascinating and eye-opening, and while the author gives clear and factual information, the mysterious allure of mushrooms in their countless shapes, sizes and colors is only increased by this huge and delightful book. --Mark Hetts
An exceptional book . . . a must for intermediate and advanced mushroom collectors and those with wide horizons.-Cottage Life
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The Svims Pacific Northwest Key Council and the Alpental Pictorial Key. Both can be found on google. The reason region-specific keys are better is because you won't ever find 90% of the mushrooms in this or any book when you are out foraging. Furthermore, in my area, the region specific keys are very good, in color, and they'll help you get better at identifying the specific families. I'd pass on this book, sadly.
I would, however, recommend All That the Rain Promises and More: A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms as a great field guide to carry around with you. Again, a lot of things you find will not be in there, but it's all in color, it's concise, and it emphasizes what you need to know to identify specific families.
As for the book itself, the keys are excellent. We keyed out several species and groups on a recent trip that we just could not identify using any other guidebook. The book is intuitive to use. I taped in some bookmarks for the keys and major groups which makes it even more useful. The funny writing makes it a joy to have along. Plus the species descriptions are accurate, well written and information rich.
It's a weighty tome though, so it stayed in camp while we were out hiking. Then, later we'd identify the two or three species unknown to us that we collected. My other guides were no help at all, either having no good keys, or none at all. It took less than a minute with this book to ID them. It also has a beginner's section that looks excellent. Every other collector we've met also seemed to have a copy. Finally we have our own:) Get it!
Four stars for Amazon but five for Arora!!