- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Firefly Books; Reprint edition (September 23, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781554076512
- ISBN-13: 978-1554076512
- ASIN: 155407651X
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 65 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a paperback version of the well-received 2005 hardcover book of the same name. The 2005 publication was previously published as Mushrooms of North America (Little, Brown, 1991). Although this does not detract from the wealth of useful information contained here, it alerts the many libraries holding the earlier versions. Author Phillips is widely respected for his many fungi and horticultural books. He is able to engage the assistance of many experts, thereby increasing the value to users. The introduction includes information on mushroom poisoning and handling of mushrooms and generic beginner’s keys with and without sample photographs. Mycological terminology is very specialized, so the glossary is most welcome to novice and expert users. The descriptions of each species include geographic range and fruiting season and a statement of poison danger or a comment on edibility. There are two important differences in the new version. One is the absence of a bibliography. The other is that the quality of the photographs is not as good as in the 2005 hardcover. An advantage of the paperback for mycologists and amateur fungi enthusiasts is its portability in a mushroom searcher’s pocket, bag, or collection basket. If an earlier version of the guide is not in a library’s collection, this one should be. --Linda Scarth
Gills, central stem, spore color, tubes, and pores are characteristics that allow the amateur to make a respectable attempt at identifying mushrooms and other fungi. Yes, there are some delicious edible mushrooms, but no amateur should ever eat a mushroom on the basis of his own identification; an expert determination is the only path to safe eating. Yet this is a perfect volume for the admirer of the Mycena species.... Each succinct description provides notes on range, seasonality, defining characters and size. The photographs are excellent.... Throughout, one picks up interesting tidbits, such as the passion that drives British mycologists to conduct their conferences in Latin. Then there are the surprises with every turn of the page, such as the captivating deep blue of the bruised, older Gyroporus cyanescens. It all makes one want to get to the nearest woodland to hasten the learning experience. (Diane M. Calabrese American Reference Books Annual 2010 2011-03-01)
[Review of hardcover edition:] Detailed botanical descriptions and over 1000 photographs that are set against a neutral background to capture all their features... in greater detail than any other mushroom book I've seen. (American Herb Association)
[Review of hardcover edition:] The quality of the photographs along with the detailed descriptions make the volume and excellent identification guide. (Elaine Exell American Reference Books Annual)
[Review of hardcover edition:] A very useful guide to the fungi of North America. (Ian Paulsen Birdbooker Report 144 2010-11-14)
[Review of hardcover edition:] An indispensable aid to identification. (Karin Kratz California Garden)
[Review of hardcover edition:] Well organized, it is an outstanding introduction to the field of mycology... many valuable tips for collectors. (Marilyn K. Alaimo Chicago Botanic Gardens Current Books on Gardening 2006-05-26)
[Review of hardcover edition:] Photos, along with concisely detailed text, make identification of the varieties at least plausible... can also be used as a preliminary reference for the novice mycologist. (John Bagnasco Garden Compass)
[Review of hardcover edition:] Thoroughly engaging and visually appealing... a useful and lovely addition to any nature library. (Jodi Delong Halifax Chronicle Herald 2005-12-04)
[Review of hardcover edition:] Classic mycological book... more than 1,000(!) excellent color photos of North American fungi, plus concise descriptions. (HortIdeas)
[Review of hardcover edition:] More than 1,000 handsome color photographs by Roger Phillips illustrate this comprehensive guide to mushrooms and other fungi of North America, in all their astonishing variety. Amateur collectors, expert mycologists and armchair naturalists will welcome the reissue of this valuable reference.... Mushrooms and Other Fungi of North America also includes useful tips and helpful advice on collecting specimens and identifying them. This book is the ideal introduction to mycology... Eating the wrong mushroom can have deadly consequences but this book will make identification easier for you as well as fun as--this has got to be the best book I have ever seen for collectors wanting to identify mushrooms and fungi in general. (I Can Garden.com)
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1. I live in Florida, and I have been able to find most of the larger species in this book.
2. For each species, it describes the cap, gills, stem, flesh, spores, habitat, season, and whether or not it is edible or poisonous.
3. There is a photo of each species described in the book.
4. It covers more species than most other books.
5. It is great for someone who wants to identify mushrooms with pictures rather than keys, more for general interest than eating them.
1. There is no key to species--just pictures and descriptions--which is necessary for someone who intends to eat the mushrooms to verify identification.
2. The pictures are only just average quality.
3. The book is big and heavy--I wouldn't take it in the field with me.
4. Polypores are undercovered, as are a number of southern mushroom species.
5. Many of the exact pictures in the book can be found on Roger's mushroom website, so the website could be used instead of the book.
Overall, I am happy I bought the book, and I think it's a nice addition to my library.