Mushroom hunting? Do you know what you
are looking for?
Here are an assortment of field identification books that will help you
circumnavigate your mushroom hunting experience.
and Poisonous Mushroom: Field Guide|
by Gary P. Menser, Gery P. Menser
A well written and easy to understand book which clearly defines each
type of mushroom with illustrations and photographs (in the appendix). It
shows how to identify and distinguish between poisonous and hallucinogenic
mushrooms (a vital skill). It also gives details on habitat. A useful
reference guide. The only extra bit of advice I would give those thinking
of ingesting hallucinogenic mushrooms is to always keep a sample in case
something goes wrong so they can easily be identified. If in doubt don't
pick. This book will certainly help reduces the confusion between similar
looking psychotropic and poisonous mushrooms.
A Comprehensive Guide to the Fleshy Fungi
by David Arora
A comprehensive and delightfully written book by an author
whose preoccupation with fungi borders on the extreme, this field guide is
perhaps the most useful on the market. More than 2000 species are covered in
959 pages, with 800 photographs. Soft cover.
American Mushrooms: |
A Field Guide to Edible and Inedible Fungi
This comprehensive book has beautiful pictures, easy to understand keys,
detailed drawings, interesting fungi information, listings of toxins, and
useful information on habitat. This is not only a practical field guide but an
interesting read into the world of wild mushrooms. In the wide range of
selections available in the genre of field guides, I would recommend "North
American Mushrooms" along with a couple area specific resources to round out a
The New Savory
Wild Mushroom (Paperback) |
by Margaret McKenny (Author)
The photography in this book is excellent. The book is keyed to
the Pacific Northwest, so those who live in or visit the area will find it
very easy to use. The descriptors are clear especially concerning edibility.
The book fits nicely into a day pack for all you hikers out there.
Handbooks: Mushrooms |
by Thomas Laessoe and Elwyn Hartley
If I could only have one mushroom book, this would be the one. It is easy to
use and displays almost all of the information I need for initial
of a mushroom on one page.
Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms
by Gary H. Lincoff
This is book is an excellent guide to mushrooms for the money.
Its portability and durability are also second-to-none.
The book is full of beautiful color photographs and full descriptions. The
pictures are grouped into categories (like all Audubon field guides) for quick
identification. Personally, I am very pleased with it and highly recommend it.
Mushrooms of the World:
A Guide to Identification.
By Paul Stamets. The most comprehensive field guide to the
psilocybin-active species ever published, this field guide
illustrates a wide range of species spanning the world. With
excellent color photographs, nearly 100 species are fully
described, including close relatives and poisonous look-alikes. A
book without comparison, this field guide stands alone in its
scope and describes many new species not seen in any previous
works. Far more than just a field guide, this book will prove
useful to mycologists, scholars, physicians, and the passionately
curious. 6 x 9 inches, 256 pages. Soft cover.