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Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms of the World

By Ian R. Hall, Steven L. Stephenson, Peter K. Buchanan, Wang Yun, and Anthony L. J. Cole

Mushrooms are among the most intriguing and striking inhabitants of the natural world, as highly regarded for their distinctive flavors and uses in cooking and medicine as for their sometimes strange, often beautiful shapes and forms. Some are medicinal, others poisonous or even lethal. Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms of the World is a well-rounded look at mushrooms, including their cultivation, ethnobotanical uses, and the fascinating roles they play in nature. The authors provide expert advice on how to identify and distinguish between edible and poisonous wild mushrooms and how to record important details, with suggestions for taking photographs and preparing spore prints. More than 250 stunning photographs accompany the text. Truly international in its coverage, this engaging introduction to the world of mushrooms will appeal to naturalists, students, photographers, chefs, hikers, and potential growers from around the world.

Media reviews

"Outstanding tips on how to cultivate the top eight species grown and eaten worldwide. Beautifully illustrated with outstanding photographs, certainly the best this reviewer has ever seen."

—J. Dawson, Choice

"This is an ambitious undertaking ... and the result is a highly informative and useful text that doubles as a field guide. This book is sure to become an essential resource for mushroom aficionados and mycology professionals."

Northeastern Naturalist

"The photographs are absolutely beautiful, and will likely inspire me to brave fall game hunting seasons (decked out in fluorescent colors, of course) to do some mushroom hunting."

—Michelle A. Briggs, Plant Science Bulletin

"A "must" for the shelf of the mycophagist."

British Mycological Society

"Truly international in its coverage, Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms of the World is an introduction to the world of mushrooms, which will appeal to naturalists, students, photograhers, chefs, hikers, and potential growers around the world."

Biology Digest

"I know all interested in exactly which types can be eaten will find this book just what they have been looking for. The photographs are superb and allow for easy and quick identification and having 'edible' or 'poisonous' in bold print at the end of each caption is most commendable."

—John E. Bryan, Gardening Newsletter

"Timber Press has done its usual fine job of production, and the price is right for a hardbound volume with lots of color pictures. I recommend the book, especially for anyone with a particular interest in truffles or commercial production of other edibles."

—Ian R. Hall, Mushroom

"The authors, both biologists and mycologists, present clear scientific information. An A–Z listing gives descriptions, a few facts about each mushroom, cautionary rules, and tips on cooking, when appropriate."

—Kathi Keville, American Herb Association Quarterly Newsletter

"A very readable, concise, and yet thorough overview of many of the more important economic fungal species consumed by humans."

—Eric P. Burkhart, Economic Botany

"A nice incorporation of information for those interested in mushroom cultivation, wild harvesting, or just appreciating the denizens of the fungal kingdom."

—Michelle A. Briggs, Plant Science Bulletin

"An attractive, well-produced book ... with lots of information, at a reasonable price."

—Steve Trudell, Mycophile

"This concise introduction to mushrooms is profusely illustrated with often superb color photographs. It is an excellent starting point for anyone who wants to learn more about them, and a valuable resource for teachers of mycology, microbiology, or food science."

—Felix Barlocher, Quarterly Review of Biology

"Excellent color photos, detailed descriptions and simple keys enable the reader to identify many common and important mushrooms."

—Virgil Rupp, Northwest Books

"It's a worthy addition to your bookshelf."

Mushroom Growers Newsletter

"Interesting reading for those who are intrigued by these strange creations of nature."

—Suzanne Hively, Cleveland Plain Dealer

About the authors

Ian R. Hall

Ian R. Hall has traveled widely and his knowledge of mushroom cultivation is international in scope. His firm, Truffles & Mushrooms Consulting Ltd., aims to further the cultivation of edible ectomycorrhizal mushrooms. After his post-doctoral fellowship with Jim Gerdemann at Illinois University, Hall returned to New Zealand to work as an applied mycologist and plant pathologist with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF Technology).

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Steven L. Stephenson

Steven L. Stephenson, a professor at the University of Arkansas, has collected and studied fungi for more than thirty-five years, and his research program has taken him to all seven continents and every major type of terrestrial ecosystem.

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Peter K. Buchanan

Peter K. Buchanan has worked as a mycologist at the Mt. Albert Research Centre, Auckland, New Zealand, since 1977.

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Wang Yun

Wang Yun is a mycologist at Invermay Agricultural Centre, New Zealand, specializing in the beneficial effects of ectomycorrhizas, edible mushrooms, and silviculture.

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