by Michael Kuo
This is a very friendly reference guide that is a must-have for foragers who are looking to expand the variety of edible mushrooms in their basket. We studied this guide carefully the first few years we foraged to get beyond obvious edibles like boletes and chanterelles and begin to find and try new species with confidence. The book rates mushrooms by how easy they are to ID (beginner to advanced) and has awesome ID tips and edibility notes.
Simply put, this is the best companion book (make sure you have a regional ID book) on the market for edible mushrooms. We are surprised this under-appreciated book is not more common among foragers: MIcheal Kuo really helped us expand our horizons - Highly recommended!
With a dash of humor and a dollop of science, Michael Kuo selects the top 100 mushrooms best suited for cooking. Like Kuo's very popular book Morels, 100 Edible Mushrooms is written in the author's inimitable, engaging, and appealing style, taking the reader on the hunt through forest and kitchen in search of mycological pleasures and culinary delights.
Kuo describes in detail how to identify each species, where and when to find them, and how to cook them in creative and delicious recipes. The mushrooms presented in the book are the most often eaten varieties, and a description of the button mushrooms found in the grocery store is included. All of the mushrooms have at least one full-color illustration and some several more to aid in identifying and distinguishing look-alike and nonedible species.
An indispensable book for mushroom hunters, naturalists, and cooks.
Cover illustration: Taylor F. Lockwood