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Best Books on Mushrooms

Embark on a mycological journey with our list of the best books on mushrooms, curated from their multiple features in esteemed nature and science articles.

Recommendations from 23 articles, Michael Pollan, Matt Haig, Richard Coles and 8 others.
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Mushrooms Demystified
David Arora - 1986-10-01 (first published in 1979)
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With descriptions and keys to over 2,000 mushroom species, MUSHROOMS DEMYSTIFIED is the ultimate guide for mushroom hunters. David Arora provides a beginner's checklist of the 70 most distinctive and common mushrooms, as well as detailed chapters on habitats, cookery, toxins, and scientific names. Illustrated with over 950 photographs, this book is an indispensable companion for beginners and experienced mushroom hunters alike.
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Entangled Life
How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures
Merlin Sheldrake - 2020-05-12
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Explore the mysterious and hidden world of fungi in this captivating book. From the underground networks that link plants together, to the massive organisms that sustain all living systems, fungi are vital to understanding our planet and ourselves. With a focus on topics ranging from psychedelics to insect manipulation, this journey through the fungal kingdom will leave you with a new perspective on the wonders of nature.
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All That the Rain Promises and More
A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms
David Arora - 1991-02-01
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Full-color illustrated guide to identifying 200 Western mushrooms by their key features....
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The Mushroom Fan Club
Elise Gravel - 2018-05-08
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Explore the weird and wild world of mushrooms with Elise Gravel in The Mushroom Fan Club. Gravel combines her love of nature and talent for anthropomorphism to bring these fascinating fungi to life in all their felt-tip-marker glory. From stompable puffballs to musically inclined chanterelles, join Gravel on a magical tour of the forest floor as she examines her favorite alien specimens up close. This book is perfect for inspiring curiosity and creativity in young readers, encouraging them to seek out all of life's little treasures - stinky or not!
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The Complete Mushroom Hunter, Revised
Illustrated Guide to Foraging, Harvesting, and Enjoying Wild Mushrooms - Including new sections on growing your own incredible edibles and off-season collecting
Gary Lincoff - 2017-06-15 (first published in 2010)
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Discover the fascinating world of mushroom hunting and gathering with this comprehensive guide. From mountains and woodlands to urban and suburban parks, mushrooms can be found everywhere. This revised edition includes a brief history of mushroom hunting, a fully illustrated guide to the common mushrooms, and over 30 delicious recipes. With anecdotes from living the mushroom lifestyle, this book is perfect for amateur mycologists and mushroom enthusiasts looking to enrich their understanding of the natural world.
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The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms
National Audubon Society - 1981-12-12 (first published in 1980)
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Discover over 700 North American mushrooms with this comprehensive photographic field guide. Organized by color and shape, identifying the species is simple and accurate. Detailed physical descriptions include information on edibility, season, habitat, range, look-alikes, alternative names, and facts on edible and poisonous varieties, uses, and folklore. With supplementary sections on cooking and eating wild mushrooms and illustrations, this guide is essential for any mushroom enthusiast.
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Mycelium Running
How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World
Paul Stamets - 2005-10-01
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Learn how growing more mushrooms can help save the environment in this groundbreaking text from mushroom expert Paul Stamets. Discover how the microscopic cells called "mycelium" can recycle carbon, nitrogen, and other essential elements to create rich new soil, while also serving as a powerful tool for decomposing toxic waste and pollutants, filtering water, controlling insect populations, and enhancing the health of our forests and gardens. This comprehensive guide covers everything from mycoremediation to mycoforestry, along with the medicinal and nutritional properties of mushrooms, inoculation methods, log and stump culture, and species selection. With beautiful illustrations and extensive references, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in the fascinating world of mushrooms and their potential to revolutionize the way we care for the planet.
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Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms
Paul Stamets - 2000-10-25 (first published in 1993)
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Discover the world of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms with this updated handbook! Learn about production techniques for home and commercial cultivation, growth parameters for 31 mushroom species, and troubleshooting tips. Whether you're a chef, health enthusiast, or home cook, this book will help you cultivate your own mycological landscapes to impress your neighbors.
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Healing Mushrooms
A Practical and Culinary Guide to Using Mushrooms for Whole Body Health
Tero Isokauppila, Four Sigmatic - 2017-10-10
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"Discover the healing power of adaptogenic mushrooms in this ultimate guide to boosting immunity and achieving whole body health. From the Ten most powerful mushrooms to easy-to-follow recipes, this book covers everything you need to know about incorporating mushrooms into your daily diet. Learn about their ability to increase energy levels, reduce brain fog, and keep hormone levels in check, and more. With practical advice, fun illustrations, and 50 mushroom-infused recipes, Healing Mushrooms is your go-to resource for unlocking the vast potential of this often-overlooked superfood category."
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Welcome to the Museum
Ester Gaya - 2020-10-28
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Enter the curious and intricate world of fungi with this stunning collection of illustrations. From the common mushrooms we see in stores to the historical penicillium, this book explores the importance of fungi to our ecosystem. Learn why fungi are crucial for our planet, as you marvel at the exquisite, detailed images by acclaimed illustrator Katie Scott. Welcome to the fascinating world of the Fungarium!
Mushrooms (Collins Gem) by Patrick Harding
The Psilocybin Mushroom Bible by K Mandrake
Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest by
Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast by Noah Siegel, Christian Schwarz
Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation by Tradd Cotter
The Mushroom Cultivator by Paul Stamets, J. S. Chilton
Mushroom Cultivation by Richard Bray
Edible Mushrooms by Geoff Dann
Wild Mushrooms by Kristen Blizzard, Trent Blizzard
Medicinal Mushrooms by Martin Powell
Tales of the Mushroom Folk by Signe Aspelin
Humongous Fungus by DK
DIY Mushroom Cultivation by Willoughby Arevalo
The Mushroom at the End of the World by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing
Mushrooms of the Northeast by Teresa Marrone, Walt Sturgeon
Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World by Paul Stamets
Children of the Forest by Elsa Beskow
Peterson Field Guide to Mushrooms of North America by Karl B. McKnight, Joseph R. Rohrer, Kirsten McKnight Ward, Kent H. McKnight
Christopher Hobbs's Medicinal Mushrooms by Christopher Hobbs L. Ac. Ahg
Radical Mycology by Peter McCoy
Mushrooms by John Wright
The Fungal Pharmacy by Robert Rogers
Mushrooms of the Northwest by Teresa Marrone, Drew Parker
Collins Fungi Guide by Stefan Buczacki
Fungus Is Among Us! by Joy Keller
Plants That Never Ever Bloom by Ruth Heller
Mushrooms of the World with Pictures to Color by Jeannette Bowers, David Arora
Fantastic Fungi Community Cookbook by Eugenia Bone
We Are Fungi by Christine Nishiyama
Mason Goes Mushrooming by Melany Kahn, Ellen Korbonski
The Mushroom Cookbook by Michael Hyams, Liz O'Keefe
Fungalphabet by William Brown
The Mushroom Hunters by Langdon Cook