The pursuit of mushrooms in the wild can be exciting, rewarding or endlessly frustrating. The novice shroomer can wonder in the woods for hours looking for fungi gold. Worse yet, have a lack of confidence in what they’re looking at once they come across some. I’ve compiled a short list of the best books on the mushroom hunting and identifying circuit that are sure to boost your confidence and ability in the field.
- Mushrooms Demystified by David Aurora- This book is fun to read and adds a certain amount of humor to the subject. However, just because it’s funny doesn’t mean this isn’t the most comprehensive book on the market on the subject of finding mushrooms in the wild. This book has been out there for awhile and has stood the test of time. Boasting descriptions of over 2000 species and 950 photographs its no wonder this is at the top of our list. It’s only major criticism being that the pictures are not in color which can deter some.
Other features- cooking info, mushroom toxin advisory, classification and habitats.
- National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms (National Audubon Society Field Guides) A Chanticleer Press ed Edition- It would be impossible not to add Amazons’ best seller on the subject to this list. In terms of identification, with over 700 detailed color images, this one probably takes the mushroom cake. This text is praised for its ease of use and I have yet to read a bad review. The Audubon Field guide will take away any lack you have in identification and consumption process
Other features- look alike species, habitat of species folklore fun facts cooking and consumption info.
- The Complete Mushroom Hunter: An Illustrated Guide to Finding, Harvesting, and Enjoying Wild Mushrooms By Larry Lincoff- The newest on our list the Complete Mushroom hunter couldn’t be more well rounded. The passion for the mushroom world in this book is obvious. A tour through the past of mushrooms with insightful background information is enough to put the sporey itch in anybody. the book is especially well reviewed and goes into facets of mushroom culture you haven’t before considered, yet will be immediately intrigued by.
Other features- mushroom recipes and preparation methods