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Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest (A Timber Press Field Guide) Flexibound – July 22, 2009
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“Authoritative, thoughtfully organized, and filled with excellent photos.” —SciTech Book News
“Hold on to your hats, mushroom lovers! This beautifully illustrated guide presents descriptions and photographs of 460 of the region’s most conspicuous, distinctive, and ecologically important mushrooms.” —Chuckanut Reader
From the Back Cover
More than 500 superb color photographs
Helpful keys for identification
Clear coded layout
Covers Oregon, Washington, southern British Columbia, Idaho, and western-most Montana, with an emphasis on the heart of mushroom country: the low- to mid-elevation forest habitats of western Oregon and Washington
Essential reference for mushroom enthusiasts, hikers, and naturalists
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The plus side:
- Excellent photos of the fungi described.
- Regionally specific.
- Barely lightweight and compact enough to pass itself off as a 'field guide'.
The minus side:
- Inexplicably ignores popular species regularly collected like Lactarius rubidus ( Candy Cap) and Psilocybe semilanceata
( Liberty Cap ).
- Even though presented as a 'field guide' it omits sensory identification clues in many instances like smell, taste, texture with each species cited.
- Uses a paragraph style descriptive approach that isn't really helpful ( in my opinion ) in a 'field guide'. Compare to any D.Aurora title to understand what I mean.
- While providing general edibility information in some cases, fails to do so with each species cited.
- Does a poor job, in my opinion, of alerting collectors to potential 'look-alikes' both good and bad and the whole 'edible for some but not others' issue.
- The lack of common names, while not technically necessary, is also not helpful.
- At times reads like Timber Press had their legal department do the editing.
Personally, I collect to consume. While this title is helpful I can't consider it a 'field guide' and would be concerned about anyone using it alone without other, better references like "All the Rain Promises" or "Mushrooms Demystified" ( not a small book either ). That said I do not regret my purchase.
I was hoping for edible, not edible or makes you laugh like crazy and see bright vivid colors along with things
that aren't really there! LOL