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Start Mushrooming: The Easiest Way to Start Collecting 6 Edible Mushrooms Paperback – May 6, 1993

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Knowledge needed to pick mushrooms Wausau Daily Herald Wisconsin is among several Midwest states where more mushrooms are found in spring. Morels typically sprout from late April to late May it this state, with middle to late May common in the north and early to mid-May in the southwest. There are several varieties of morels, including a "false morel." Because some species of wild mushrooms are highly poisonous, no one should pick any wild mushroom without supervision from Sr experienced mushroom handler All wild mushrooms should be cooked before eating. A valuable book for beginning mushroom pickers is "Start Mushrooming - The Easiest Way to Start Collecting 6 Edible Mushrooms," by Minnesota experts Stan Tekiela and Karen Shanberg. The authors tout their starter mushrooms (which include morels) as "the safe six" and offer photos, descriptions and good advice on where and when to find them. The 126-page paperback is available from Adventure Publications (1-800-678 7006) for approximately $8 plus shipping--JIM LEE"Wausau Daily Herald" (05/26/2002)

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Naturalist, wildlife photographer and writer Stan Tekiela is the originator of the popular state-specific field guides such as Mammals of Minnesota Field Guide. For over two decades, Stan has authored more than 100 field guides, nature appreciation books and wildlife audio CDs for nearly every state in the nation, presenting many species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, trees, wildflowers and cacti. Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural History from the University of Minnesota and as an active professional naturalist for more than 20 years, Stan studies and photographs wildlife throughout the United States and has received various national and regional awards for his books and photographs. Also a well-known columnist and radio personality, his syndicated column appears in over 20 newspapers and his wildlife programs are broadcast on a number of Midwest radio stations. He is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association and Canon Professional Services. Stan resides in Victoria, Minnesota, with his wife, Katherine, and daughter, Abigail. He can be contacted via his web page at www.naturesmart.com.

Karen has been a published author since 1991. She has authored, co-authored and contributed to a dozen books. Her other books include the Nature's Yucky series from Mountain Press; Nature's Yucky: Gross Stuff that Helps Nature Work, Nature's Yucky: Animals of the Desert Southwest and the forthcoming Nature's Yucky: Animals of the Eastern Region. Under her former name of Shanberg, she published books with Stan Tekiela for Adventure Publications, including Plantworks and Start Mushrooming. Wild edible harvesting and cooking remains a passion of Karen's, and she conducts wild edible cooking demonstrations at co-ops and festivals. Karen is also a poet and self published a book entitled Watering Rainbows: Poems of Proud Progressive. Her poem "Think Like a Tree" was selected to be published and to become a chapter title in US Children's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman's book The Tree that Time Built. Karen has been the director of the City of Richfield's Wood Lake Nature Center since 1991, where she first met Senator Wellstone when he came to her first Earth day program. She is currently on the Advisory Board of World Population Balance and gives talks on overpopulation and its effect on environmental and social justice issues. Feel free to contact her for readings or talks at Ecoyenta@aol.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Adventure Publications (May 6, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0934860963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0934860963
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.3 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #632,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 26, 2013
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This little book is a good guide to give someone the confidence to begin to harvest mushrooms that they might find in the woods or fields.
There are some colour photographs of the 6 mushrooms that the reader is advised to start with. Where and when these mushrooms can be found is given, as well as some good advice, like wear long pants and watch for poison ivy. Safety tips are listed, such as having 2 baskets for those mushrooms you are sure of and others that one might want to look at more carefully, therefore avoiding contamination of the sure safe ones.

Characteristics of common poisonous mushrooms are explained, as well as how the sometimes safe puffball is confused with it. Recipes are provided and differing storage methods.
This is an excellent book for beginning mushroom hunters and will provide a surprise at how easily some of them are found.
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This is a really good book. It wisely suggests you start with 6 mushrooms that are safely identified. Great advice to only eat a bit and wait and see before you tuck into a huge plateful. ONE COMPLAINT: One of the "safe 6" is the chicken of the woods - and THE BOOK DOES NOT CONTAIN INFORMATION ABOUT A DANGEROUS LOOKALIKE. Laetiporus conifericola . According to the online source below: "One young British Columbia girl who ate Laetiporus conifericola raw became disorientated, lost coordination, and described visual hallucinations." It looks A LOT like a chicken of the woods and is closely related. It made me sick (although thankfully, I had only eaten a little bit and waited before I ate more.). See this information about this (delicious but indigestible - and occasionally dangerous lookalike). Thanks to Michael W. Beug for this useful information. [...]
POISONOUS AND HALLUCINOGENIC MUSHROOMS
by Michael W. Beug
The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA
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A good book for the beganer....However the book has an extremely poor binding and as a field guide it will "fall apart" The pages are not bound very well...if at all !
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I like this book. It was simple and easy to understand. The only problem is the binding. It is loose and not at all strong enough to hold the pages together.
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By A Customer on August 3, 2001
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This book offers the inexperienced mushroomer a foolproof method of identifying five different,edible mushrooms, (a mere pittance compared with what's out there.)If you are nervous about mushrooming this is the book for you.
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This book makes SAFE mushroom hunting possible. We have now eaten several of the reccomendations in this book. This is a great book! and very easy for beginners to follow and not make a MISTAKE!
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