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The Best Mushroom And Foraging Books

“What are the best Mushroom and Foraging books?” We consulted 17 sources and found 168 different books in an attempt to answer that very question.

Mushroom foraging is serious business. The amount of different books and sources on the subject is crazy. We could spit out a paragraph about our interest in the subject, but honestly we are novices in the subject and anything we would write would come off as amateurish. So instead, we recommend taking a look at the books and sources listed below and learning from the experts!

The top 34 foraging books are aggregated below with images, links, and a brief summary. The remaining 134 books (all appearing on a single list each) as well as the sources are at the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



The Top 34 Mushroom Books



34 .) A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and Central North America by Lee Allen Peterson and Roger Tory Peterson

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Foraging
  • Ready Nutrition

More than 370 edible wild plants, plus 37 poisonous look-alikes, are described here, with 400 drawings and 78 color photographs showing precisely how to recognize each species. Also included are habitat descriptions, lists of plants by season, and preparation instructions for 22 different food uses.

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33 .) A Field Guide to Mushrooms by Kent H. McKnight and Vera B. McKnight

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club
  • Foraging

More than 1,000 species of mushrooms described in detail. Over 700 paintings and drawings reveal subtle field marks that cannot be captured into photographs.

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32 .) Collins Complete Guide to British Mushrooms & Toadstools by Paul Sterry and Barry Hughes

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Obsessed By Nature
  • The Hoopoe

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31 .) Edible and Medicinal Plants of the West by Gregory L. Tilford

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Foraging
  • Ready Nutrition

Edible and Medicinal Plants of the West invites anyone interested in plants, personal well-being, and a healthy environment to discover the healing powers of the herbal world. Full-color photographs face detailed descriptions of 250 plant species in the western United States and Canada, covering field identification, habitat and range, edibility, medicinal uses, and more.

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30 .) Edible and Useful Plants of California by Charlotte Bringle Clarke

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Foraging
  • The Atlantic

Both American Indians and the pioneers knew and used many different plant species-for food, fibers, medicine, tools, and other purposes. This unique book is a guide to identifying more than 220 such plants. But it goes much further-it also tells the reader how to prepare, cook, and otherwise use them. Some of the dishes for which recipes are given have won culinary prizes. All have been tested not only by the author but also by her students and by journalists-who have been uniformity surprised and impressed.

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29 .) Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America: A Field-to-kitchen Guide by David W. Fischer, Alan E. Bessette

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Lists It Appears On:

  • The Forager Press
  • Ready Nutrition

“Unusual shapes and colors make many mushrooms alluring to the eye, while the exotic flavors and textures of edible mushrooms are a gourmet delicacy for the palate. Yet many people never venture beyond the supermarket offerings, fearing that all other mushrooms are poisonous.

With amateur mushroom hunters especially in mind, David Fischer and Alan Bessette have prepared Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America. This field guide presents more than 100 species of the most delicious mushrooms, along with detailed information on how to find, gather, store, and prepare them for the table. More than 70 savory recipes, ranging from soups and salads to casseroles, canapes, quiches, and even a dessert, are included.”

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28 .) Edible Wild Plants by Oliver Perry Medsger

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Foraging
  • The Atlantic

Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

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27 .) Mushrooming without Fear: The Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Safe and Delicious Mushrooms by Alexander Schwab

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Foraging
  • Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club

Novices eager to collect tasty wild mushrooms will find this unique guide invaluable. Unlike others, it focuses only on those types that are both safe to eat and delicious. Most important, it presents the eight rules of mushroom gathering in a straightforward fashion—including “Never, never take a mushroom with gills” and “If a mushroom smells rotten, it is rotten.” Among the many mushrooms covered are the cep; the red-cracked, larch, bay, and birch boletes; hen of the woods, chanterelle, trumpet chanterelle, hedgehog fungus, common puffball, horn of plenty, and cauliflower mushroom. Each is identified with several color photographs and identification checklist, and there’s also information on mushroom season, handling, storage, and cooking, complete with recipes.

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26 .) Mushrooms of North East North America by George Barron

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club
  • The Forager Press

An authoritative and full-color photographic field guide to over 600 common and widespread mushrooms and fungi of the northern United States, from the Midwest to New England. Featured in USA Today, this must-have reference has over 700 spectacular photos and excellent species information.

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25 .) Mushrooms of Northeastern North America by Alan Bessette, Arleen Bessette, and David Fischer

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club
  • Beginning Farmers

This encyclopaedic volume, including 1500 species and 650 illustrations, shows the diversity of mycoflora throughout all of northeastern North America. It provides a reference for mushroom identification in the region, and has full descriptions and easy-to-follow keys.

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24 .) Nature’s Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants by Samuel Thayer

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Lists It Appears On:

  • The Atlantic
  • Foraging

A detailed guide to 41 of the most widespread wild foods in North America, covering how to find and identify them, which parts are used, when and how to harvest them, and how to prepare them for the table. The cultural and natural history of the plants are also discussed. There is no overlap between the plants covered in this book and The Forager’s Harvest.

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23 .) North American Boletes: A Color Guide to the Fleshy Pored Mushrooms by Alan Bessette, William Roody, and Arleen Bessette

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club
  • Foraging

North American Boletes is the first comprehensive guide to an extraordinary and highly prized group of mushrooms known for their beautiful colors, distinctive features, relative abundance, and edibility. The scope of this work goes beyond the identification of species. The authors consider the symbiotic relationship that boletes share with higher plants and trees, their geographical distribution, and new information regarding the macrochemical test reactions of the boletes; they also describe several new species. The book’s combination of aesthetically appealing and scientifically accurate color photographs and extensive descriptions makes it a standard reference work for bolete identification in North America.

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22 .) Psilocybin: Magic Mushroom Grower’s Guide: A Handbook for Psilocybin Enthusiasts by O. T. Oss, O. N. Oeric

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Spore Trading Post
  • Mushroom People

In the 1970s two of the most influential thinkers of the psychedelic era gathered what was then known about psilocybin botany and culture and presented it in Psilocybin: Magic Mushroom Grower’s Guide. Writing under pseudonyms, the McKenna brothers provided simple, reliable, and productive methods for magic mushroom propagation, including black-and-white photographs that showed the techniques of the time. The development of more modern cultivation techniques does not eclipse the cultural contributions of this book. Philosophical asides, whimsical illustrations evoking the mystical nature of mushrooms, and speculations about the relationship of these organisms to humankind provide a lasting legacy. Truly the classic manual on home cultivation, the wisdom of Psilocybin: Magic Mushroom Grower’s Guide continues to inspire new students of psycho-mycology—and refreshes psychedelic memories for others.

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21 .) Stalking The Healthful Herbs by Euell Gibbons

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Foraging
  • The Atlantic

Here Euell Gibbons shows the reader how to enjoy the culinary and medicinal virtues of herbs and wild plants. Drawn from the author’s wide knowledge of plants as well as from the lore of native Americans and early settlers, the information is supplemented by nutritionists at Pennsylvania State University who worked with Gibbons on analysis of the entries.

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20 .) Stalking The Wild Asparagus by Euell Gibbons

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Foraging
  • The Atlantic

Euell Gibbons was one of the few people in this country to devote a considerable part of his life to the adventure of “living off the land.” He sought out wild plants all over North America and made them into delicious dishes. His book includes recipes for vegetable and casserole dishes, breads, cakes, muffins and twenty different pies. He also shows how to make numerous jellies, jams, teas, and wines, and how to sweeten them with wild honey or homemade maple syrup.

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19 .) Sugars that Heal: The New Healing Science of Glyconutrients by Emil I. Mondoa

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Lists It Appears On:

  • G Mushrooms
  • Mushroom People

“Sugars that heal” it sounds like a contradiction in terms, but it’s the key to one of the most important breakthroughs in recent medical science. We’ve all been bombarded with warnings about the evils of consuming too much sugar. But, in fact, for our bodies to function properly, we need small amounts of eight essential sugars, only two of which–glucose and galactose–are commonly found in our limited, overprocessed diets. When all eight sugars are available, the health benefits can be breathtaking: Individuals regain their ability to fight disease, reactivate their immune systems, and are able to ward off infection. Based on cutting-edge research in the rapidly evolving science of glyconutrients, Sugars That Heal is an exciting new approach to health and disease prevention.

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18 .) The Complete Guide to Edible Wild Plants, Mushrooms, Fruits, and Nuts: How to Find, Identify, and Cook Them by Katie Letcher Lyle

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Foraging
  • Foraging

The Complete Guide to Edible Wild Plants, Mushrooms, Fruits, and Nuts provides everything one needs to know about the most commonly found wild foods-going beyond a field guide?s basic description to provide folklore and mouth-watering recipes for each entry, such as wild asparagus pizza, fiddlehead soup, blackberry mousse, and elderberry pie. This fully illustrated guide is the perfect companion for hikers, campers, and anyone who enjoys eating the good food of the earth.

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17 .) The Easy Edible Mushroom Guide by David Pegler

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Lists It Appears On:

  • ForageLondon
  • Foraging Guide

Prof. David Pegler’s concise, well-illustrated and informative guide is a timely antidote to the mythology surrounding the much misunderstood – and often maligned – wild mushroom. The book begins with an introduction to fungi and mushroom biology, a mushroom calendar and a crash course in hunting for edible mushrooms, together with useful tables containing information on classifying and identifying edible fungi. Twenty different varieties are then explored in depth – from the edible to the poisonous (and even the hallucinogenic!). Extensive photographs and colour illustrations will aid the amateur mushroom gatherer in the tricky (and potentially dangerous) task of identification. Finally, this fascinating book offers recipes and food preparation tips. Pegler’s considerable expertise and clear delivery make the Easy Edible Mushroom Guide an absolute must-have for anyone new to the world of mushroom hunting.

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16 .) The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants by Samuel Thayer

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Foraging
  • Ready Nutrition

A guide to 32 of the best and most common edible wild plants in North America, with detailed information on how to identify them, where they are found, how and when they are harvested, which parts are used, how they are prepared, as well as their culinary use, ecology, conservation, and cultural history.

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15 .) The North American Guide to Common Poisonous Plants and Mushrooms by Nancy J. Turner and Patrick von Aderkas

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Foraging
  • Ready Nutrition

“If people knew how many poisonous plants are commonly found in homes and gardens, they’d be shocked. Plants as common as monkshood, castorbean, and oleander are not just dangerous, they’re deadly.

The North American Guide to Common Poisonous Plants and Mushrooms is a comprehensive, easy-to-use handbook. The book is split into four main categories: mushrooms, wild plants, ornamental and crop plants, and houseplants. Each plant entry includes a clear photograph to aid the task of identification, a description of the plant, notes on where they commonly occur, and a description of their toxic properties. Plants are listed by common name to assist the non-specialist.”

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14 .) Mushrooms by Roger Philips

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Lists It Appears On:

  • ForageLondon
  • Foraging Guide
  • Obsessed By Nature

The culmination of over thirty years’ work, this authoritative and superbly illustrated reference work is packed with the most up-to-date information and original photographs. Set to become the essential illustrated mycological encyclopedia for the next 25 years, this book is also clear, user friendly and will appeal to a wide range of readers. Unsurpassed in both illustrative and descriptive detail, Mushrooms contains over 1,250 photographs, often showing the specimens in various stages of growth, and including all the latest botanical and common names as well as current ecological information on endangered species.

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13 .) Mushrooms and Other Fungi of North America by Roger Phillips

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Lists It Appears On:

  • The Forager Press
  • Foraging
  • Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club

For amateur collectors or professional mycologists working in the field, this guidebook is quite simply the best North American mushroom reference ever published. Each of the 1,000 specimens is shown in full color on a neutral background to eliminate distractions, and specimens are arranged to show the cap, stem, gills, spines and a cross section, usually in various stages of growth.

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12 .) Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World: An Identification Guide by Paul Stamets

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Everything Mushrooms
  • Foraging
  • Mushroom People

From the author of GROWING GOURMET AND MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS comes the only identification guide exclusively devoted to the world’s psilocybin-containing mushrooms. Detailed descriptions and color photographs for over 100 species are provided, as well as an exploration of their long-standing (and often religious) use by ancient peoples and their continued significance to modern-day culture. Some of the species included have just been discovered in the past year or two, and still others have never before been photographed in their natural habitats.

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11 .) The Complete Mushroom Hunter: An Illustrated Guide to Finding, Harvesting, and Enjoying Wild Mushrooms by Gary Lincoff

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Foraging
  • Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club
  • The Survival Gardener

The Complete Mushroom Hunterwill enrich your understanding of the natural world and build an appreciation for an ancient, critically relevant, and useful body of knowledge. Amateur mycologists and mushroom enthusiasts will find this is a guidebook for their passion. Mushroom guru Gary Lincoff escorts you from the mushroom’s earliest culinary awakening, through getting equipped for mushroom forays, to preparing and serving the fruits of the foray, wherever you live. Inside you’ll find: A brief, but colorful history of mushroom hunting worldwide; How to get equipped for a mushroom foray; A completely illustrated guide to the common wild edible mushrooms and their poisonous look-alikes: where to find them, how to identify them, and more; How to prepare and serve the fruits of your foray, plus more than 30 delicious recipes; Plus, dozens of colorful, priceless anecdotes from living the mushroom lifestyle.

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10 .) Medicinal Mushrooms: An Exploration of Tradition, Healing, & Culture by Christopher Hobbs

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Lists It Appears On:

  • G Mushrooms
  • Everything Mushrooms
  • Mushroom People
  • Mushroom Appreciatin

Medicinal Mushrooms is a modern handbook for exploring and understanding the rich traditions of healing fungi in Eastern and Western cultures. Author Christopher Hobbs thoroughly documents and details the nutritional and health benefits of over 100 species of edible fungi. Here is the most complete work on the cultural, health-promoting, and medicinal uses of mushrooms ever published!

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9 .) Morels by Michael Kuo

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Foraging
  • Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club
  • The Forager Press
  • Mushroom Appreciatin

“Author Michael Kuo brings years of morel-hunting experience to Morels, delivering detailed information in an engaging, readable style to seasoned morel hunters and beginners alike.

Morels includes extensive information on the art of hunting morels and on current scientific knowledge regarding these delectable fungi. In addition, Kuo compiles easy-to-understand information on the latest scientific research into morels, from studies into how they grow to DNA-based classification of species.”

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8 .) North American Mushrooms by Orson K Miller & Hope H. Miller

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Lists It Appears On:

  • The Forager Press
  • G Mushrooms
  • Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club
  • Foraging

North American Mushrooms is a field guide to more than 600 edible and inedible mushrooms that can be found across the United States and Canada. Filled with full color photographs, detailed identification information, and illustrated keys and glossaries to assist with identification, this book also features mushroom lore and helpful information on gathering and using wild mushrooms.

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7 .) The Mushroom Cultivator: A Practical Guide to Growing Mushrooms at Home by Paul Stamets and J.S. Chilton

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Lists It Appears On:

  • G Mushrooms
  • Spore Trading Post
  • Milkwood
  • Mushroom People

The book you are about to read is a milestone in the new awareness of mushrooms. The Mushroom Cultivator by Paul Stamets and J.S. Chilton is easily the best source of information on growing mushrooms at home. The authors demystify the art of mushroom cultivation and put mastery of it within everyone’s reach. If you have been searching for information on this topic, you will find it to be all that you have been looking for. Includes detailed growth requirements for 15 mushroom species, sterile culture and mushroom spawn preparation techniques, procedures for strain selection and development, practical preparation methods for compost and bulk substrates, the mushroom life cycle and mushroom genetics, identification of the major competitor molds, pathogens and pests, and guidelines for the construction of mushroom growing rooms.

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6 .) 100 Edible Mushrooms by Michael Kuo

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Foraging
  • The Forager Press
  • Mushroom Appreciatin
  • The Survival Gardener
  • Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club

“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.”

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5 .) All That the Rain Promises and More: A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms by David Arora

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Mushroom People
  • Foraging
  • Mushroom Appreciatin
  • The Survival Gardener
  • Beginning Farmers
  • The Forager Press

Full-color illustrated guide to identifying 200 Western mushrooms by their key features.

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4 .) Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms by Paul Stamets

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Mushroom Appreciatin
  • The Survival Gardener
  • Milkwood
  • G Mushrooms
  • Mushroom People
  • Spore Trading Post

After years of living in awe of the mysterious fungi known as mushrooms-chefs, health enthusiasts, and home cooks alike can’t get enough of these rich, delicate morsels. With updated production techniques for home and commercial cultivation, detailed growth parameters for 31 mushroom species, a trouble-shooting guide, and handy gardening tips, this revised and updated handbook will make your mycological landscapes the envy of the neighborhood.

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3 .) Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World by Paul Stamets

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Lists It Appears On:

  • ForageLondon
  • G Mushrooms
  • Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club
  • Mushroom Appreciatin
  • The Survival Gardener
  • Mushroom People

“Mycelium Running is a manual for the mycological rescue of the planet. That’s right: growing more mushrooms may be the best thing we can do to save the environment, and in this groundbreaking text from mushroom expert Paul Stamets, you’ll find out how.

The basic science goes like this: Microscopic cells called “mycelium”–the fruit of which are mushrooms–recycle carbon, nitrogen, and other essential elements as they break down plant and animal debris in the creation of rich new soil. What Stamets has discovered is that we can capitalize on mycelium’s digestive power and target it to decompose toxic wastes and pollutants (mycoremediation), catch and reduce silt from streambeds and pathogens from agricultural watersheds (mycofiltration), control insect populations (mycopesticides), and generally enhance the health of our forests and gardens (mycoforestry and myco-gardening). “

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2 .) National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms by Gary H. Lincoff

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Foraging
  • Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club
  • The Forager Press
  • Beginning Farmers
  • Mushroom Appreciatin
  • The Survival Gardener

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.

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1 .) Mushrooms Demystified by David Arora

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Foraging
  • Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club
  • Beginning Farmers
  • G Mushrooms
  • Mushroom Appreciatin
  • The Atlantic
  • The Survival Gardener
  • Mushroom People
  • The Forager Press

Simply the best and most complete mushroom field guide and reference book, MUSHROOMS DEMYSTIFIED includes descriptions and keys to more than 2,000 species of mushrooms, with more than 950 photographs. Mushroom authority David Arora provides a beginner’s checklist of the 70 most distinctive and common mushrooms, plus detailed chapters on terminology, classification, habitats, mushroom cookery, mushroom toxins, and the meanings of scientific mushroom names. Beginning and experienced mushroom hunters everywhere will find MUSHROOMS DEMYSTIFIED a delightful, informative, and indispensible companion.

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The 134 Additional Mushroom Books (All appear on a single list each)



 

A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs: Of Eastern and Central North AmericaJames A. DukeForaging
A Field Guide to Trees and Shrubs: Northeastern and North-central United States and Southeastern and South-central CanadaRoger Tory PetersonForaging
A Field Guide to Venomous Animals and Poisonous Plants: North America North of Mexico (Peterson Field Guide Series)Roger Caras and Steven FosterForaging
A Morel Hunters CompanionNancy Smith WeberMichigan Mushroom Hunters Club
A Survival Acre: 50 Worldwide Wild Foods & MedicinesLinda RunyonForaging
Alternative Methods of Shiitake InoculationMushroom People
An Outlaw In My Heart: A Political Activist’s User’s ManualMushroom People
Basic Essentials Edible Wild Plants and Useful HerbsJim MeuninckForaging
British BoletesThe Hoopoe
Chaga King of the Medicinal MushroomsDavid WolfeEverything Mushrooms
Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares: The Love, Lore, and Mystique of MushroomsGreg A. MarleyMichigan Mushroom Hunters Club
Co-Evolution of Fungi with Plants and AnimalsMushroom People
Collins Fungi GuideStefan BuczackiThe Hoopoe
Collins Gem – MushroomsPatrick HardingForaging Guide
Common Edible and Useful Plants of the West (Outdoor and Nature)Muriel SweetForaging
Cultivating MushroomsStephen RussellG Mushrooms
Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern CanadaForaging
Edible and Medicinal Plants of the RockiesLinda KershawForaging
Edible Native Plants of the Rocky MountainsCharlotte Bringle ClarkeThe Atlantic
Edible SeashoreJohn WrightForageLondon
Edible Wild Plants and Herbs: A Pocket GuideAlan M. CvancaraForaging
Edible Wild Plants of Pennsylvania and Neighboring StatesMary Lee Medve and Richard J. MedveForaging
Edible Wild Plants of the Prairie: An Ethnobotanical GuideKelly KindscherForaging
Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural FoodsThomas Elias and Peter DykemanForaging
Edible Wild Plants: An Introduction to Familiar North American SpeciesJames Kavanagh and Raymond LeungForaging
Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods From Dirt To Plate (The Wild Food Adventure Series, Book 1)John KallasForaging
Familiar MushroomsMushroom People
Fascinating Fungi of the North WoodsCora MollenMichigan Mushroom Hunters Club
Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century ForagerLangdon CookForaging
Field Guide to Edible Wild PlantsDavid Foster and Bradford AngierForaging
Field Guide to Mushrooms of Britain and EuropeGrunert & GrunertObsessed By Nature
Field Guide to the Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid-AtlanticBill Russel,Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club
Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human EvolutionMushroom People
Food Plants of Interior First PeoplesNancy J. TurnerForaging
Foraged Flavor: Finding Fabulous Ingredients in Your Backyard or Farmer’s Market, with 88 RecipesTama Matsuoka Wong and Eddy LerouxForaging
Foraging New England: Finding, Identifying, and Preparing Edible Wild Foods and Medicinal Plants from Maine to ConnecticutTom SeymourForaging
Foraging: Discover Free Food from Fields, Streets, Gardens and the CoastPaul ChambersForaging
Foraging: Self-SufficiencyDavid SquireForaging
From Another Kingdomthe Royal Botanic Garden EdinburghThe Hoopoe
From Chocolate to Morphine: Everything You Need to Know About Mind-Altering Drugs, 2nd Ed.Mushroom People
Fungi Down Under – the Fungimap Guide to Australian FungiMilkwood
Gathering the DesertGary Paul NabhanThe Atlantic
Growing Wild Mushrooms: A Complete Guide to Cultivating Edible & Hallucinogenic MushroomsMushroom People
Hallucinogens: Cross Cultural PerspectivesMushroom People
Hamlyn Guide to Trees of Britain and EuropeHumphriesForageLondon
Harvesting Nature’s Bounty 2nd Edition: A Guidebook of Wild Edible, Medicinal and Utilitarian Plants, Survival, and Nature LoreKevin F. DuffyForaging
Healing MushroomsGeorges M. HalpernG Mushrooms
Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (And Not So Wild Places)Steve BrillForaging
Kombucha Rediscovered:A Guide to the Medicina Benefits of an Ancient Healing TeaKlaus KaufmannEverything Mushrooms
Lasagna GardeningMushroom People
Let it Rot!Stu CampbellG Mushrooms
Log-Grown Shiitake Mushrooms: An Australian Growers’ ManualMilkwood
Maitake MagicHarry Preuss, M.D., and Sensuke KonnoEverything Mushrooms
Maitake Mushroom and D-FractionShari Lieberman and Ken BabalEverything Mushrooms
Monday Night Class, Revised & Annotated EditionMushroom People
Mushroom MiscellanyPatrick HardingThe Hoopoe
Mushroom Picker’s Foolproof Field Guide: The expert guide to identifying, picking and using wild mushroomsPeter JordanForaging
Mushrooming with Confidence: A Guide to Collecting Edible and Tasty MushroomsAlexander SchwabMichigan Mushroom Hunters Club
MushroomsPeter MarrenThe Hoopoe
Mushrooms and Other Fungi of the Midcontinental United States Second EditionD.M. Huffman, L.H. Tiffany, G. Knaphus, and R.A. HealyMichigan Mushroom Hunters Club
Mushrooms for Health and LongevityKen BabalEverything Mushrooms
Mushrooms for Health: Medicinal Secrets of Northeastern FungiGreg A. MarleyMichigan Mushroom Hunters Club
Mushrooms of Northeastern North AmericaDavid Fischer, Alan E. Bessette and Arleen Raines BessetteThe Forager Press
Mushrooms of the MidwestMichael Kuo and Andrew S. MethvenMichigan Mushroom Hunters Club
Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest: Timber Press Field GuideSteve Trudell and Joe AmmiratiForaging
Mushrooms of the Upper Midwest: A Simple Guide to Common MushroomsTeresa Marrone and Kathy YerichMichigan Mushroom Hunters Club
Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central AppalachiansWilliam C. RoodyMichigan Mushroom Hunters Club
Mushrooms: Poisons and Panaceas: A Handbook for Naturalists, Mycologists and PhysiciansDenis R. BenjaminMichigan Mushroom Hunters Club
Mushrooms: River Cottage Handbook No.1John WrightForaging Guide
Musings of a Mushroom Hunter: A Natural History of ForagingDenis R. BenjaminMichigan Mushroom Hunters Club
MycoMedicinals : An Informational Treatise on MushroomsPaul StametsEverything Mushrooms
Mycophilia: Revelations from the Weird World of MushroomsEugenia BoneMichigan Mushroom Hunters Club
Native Harvests: American Indian Wild Foods and RecipesE. Barrie KavaschForaging
Native Indian Wild Game, Fish, and Wild Foods Cookbook: New revised and expanded editionForaging
New Naturalist volume FungiBrian Spooner and Peter RobertsThe Hoopoe
Newcomb’s Wildflower GuideLawrence NewcombForaging
Organic Mushroom Farming and MycoremediationThe Survival Gardener
Peterson Field Guide Series – A Field Guide to Mushrooms of North AmericaKent and Vera McKnightThe Forager Press
Pihkal: A Chemical Love StoryMushroom People
Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing, & Hallucinogenic PowersMushroom People
Psilocybin Mushroom Handbook:L. G Nicholas, Kerry OgameSpore Trading Post
Reishi Mushroom: Herb of Spiritual Potency and Medical WonderTerry WillardMushroom Appreciatin
Reishi: Ancient Herb for Modern TimesMushroom People
Sacred Mushroom Seeker: Tributes to R. Gordon WassonMushroom People
Sacred Mushrooms & the LawMushroom People
ScallopEuell GibbonsThe Atlantic
Shiitake, the Healing MushroomMushroom People
Sonoran Desert Food Plants: Edible Uses for the Desert’s Wild BountyReady Nutrition
Stalking the Blue-Eyed ScallopEuell GibbonsThe Atlantic
Start Mushrooming:Stan Tekiela and Karen ShanbergThe Forager Press
Sturtevant’s Edible Plants of the WorldOliver Perry MedsgerThe Atlantic
The All-New Square Foot Gardening BookMushroom People
The Audubon Field Guide to North American MushroomsMushroom People
The Biochar Solution: Carbon Farming and Climate ChangeMushroom People
The Book of Fungi: A Life-size Guide to Six Hundred Species from around the WorldPeter Roberts and Shelley EvansMichigan Mushroom Hunters Club
The Chanterelle BookMushroom People
The Complete Mushroom Book: Savory Recipes for Wild and Cultivated VarietiesAntonio CarluccioMushroom Appreciatin
The Encyclopedia of Edible Plants of North America: Nature’s Green FeastFrancois CouplanForaging
The Encyclopedia of Fungi of Britain and EuropeMichael JordanObsessed By Nature
The Essential Wild Food Survival GuideLinda RunyonForaging
The Fifth KingdomBryce KendrickMilkwood
The Foraging GourmetKatie Letcher LyleForaging
The Fungal Pharmacy, The Complete Guide to Medicinal Mushrooms and Lichens of North AmericaRobert RogersEverything Mushrooms
The Genus Agaricus in BritainThe Hoopoe
The Genus Russula in Great BritainThe Hoopoe
The Hedgerow Handbook: Recipes, Remedies and RitualsAdele NozedarForageLondon
The Illustrated Guide to Edible Wild PlantsDepartment of the ArmyForaging
The Invisible Landscape: Mind, Hallucinogens, and the I ChingMushroom People
The Neighborhood Forager: A Guide for the Wild Food Gourmet<Robert HendersonForaging
The Portobello CookbookMushroom People
The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook: Recipes for Changing TimesMushroom People
The Psilocybin Production: Producing Organic Psilocybin in a Small RoomAdam Gottlieb, Larry ToddSpore Trading Post
The Psychedelics EncyclopediaMushroom People
The Rocky Mountain Wild Foods CookbookDarcy WilliamsonForaging
The Shiitake WayMushroom People
The Tempeh CookbookMushroom People
The Totally Mushroom CookbookMushroom People
The Wild Flower KeyFrancis RoseForageLondon
The Wild Food GourmetForaging
The Wild Table: Seasonal Foraged Food and RecipesConnie Green &amp; Sarah ScottForaging
The Wild Vegetarian CookbookSteve BrillForaging
Thistle Greens and Mistletoe: Edible and Poisonous Plants of Northern CaliforniaJames S. WiltensForaging
TihkalMushroom People
Tom Brown’s Guide to Wild Edible and Medicinal PlantsTom BrownForaging
Trout Caviar: Recipes for a Northern ForagerBrett LaidlawForaging
True Hallucinations: Being an Account of the Author’s Extraordinary Adventures in the Devil’s ParadiseMushroom People
Weed ‘Em and Reap: A Weed Eater ReaderRoger WelschForaging
Wild Cards: Edible Wild FoodsLinda RunyonForaging
Wild DrugsZoe HawesForageLondon
Wild Edible Fruits and BerriesMarjorie Furlong &amp; Virginia PillForaging
Wild Edible Plants of New England: A Field Guide, Including Poisonous Plants Often EncounteredJoan RichardsonForaging
Wild Edible Plants of Western North AmericaDonald R. KirkForaging
Wild Fermentation – The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture FoodsSandor Ellix KatzEverything Mushrooms
Wild FoodRoger PhilipsForageLondon
Wild Plants I Have Known … and EatenRuss CohenThe Atlantic


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