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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms (National Audubon Society Field Guides) A Chanticleer Press ed Edition
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With more than 700 mushrooms detailed with color photographs and descriptive text, this is the most comprehensive photographic field guide to the mushrooms of North America. The 762 full-color identification photographs show the mushrooms as they appear in natural habitats. Organized visually, the book groups all mushrooms by color and shape to make identification simple and accurate in the field, while the text account for each species includes a detailed physical description, information on edibility, season, habitat, range, look-alikes, alternative names, and facts on edible and poisonous species, uses, and folklore. A supplementary section on cooking and eating wild mushrooms, and illustrations identifying the parts of a mushroom, round out this essential guide.
About the Author
The author, Gary H. Lincoff, is an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden; he was president of the North American Mycological Association from 1980 to 1986.
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Also, I should add that despite the latest copyright December 2016, this book incorrectly calls mushrooms plants and claims they are part of the plant kingdom! They are in the Eumycota kingdom.
In other words, this is useful if you mushroom all over the country, otherwise you're much better off buying a regional guide
The world of Mushrooming is one I've always wanted to enter. Walking for hours in the woods looking for eruptions on the forest floor or what interesting fungus is growing on a tree, it's relaxing and satisfying. There's just something magical about mushroom hunting. Learning to make spore prints is a big part of identification and they make pretty artwork to boot!
Buy this book, you won't be sorry.
Mushroomer's Rule of Thumb: There are old mushroomers and there are bold mushroomers, but there are never any Old Bold mushroomers". We all need good guide books, but we also need good mentors!