Field Guide to Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic

To most Americans, mushrooms are the brown lumps in the soup one uses to make a tuna casserole, but to a select few, mushrooms are the abundant yet often well hidden delicacies of the forests In spite of their rather dismal reputation, most wild mushrooms are both edible and delicious, when prepared properly From the l to the chanterelle and the prolific and aptly naTo most Americans, mushrooms are the brown lumps in the soup one uses to make a tuna casserole, but to a select few, mushrooms are the abundant yet often well hidden delicacies of the forests In spite of their rather dismal reputation, most wild mushrooms are both edible and delicious, when prepared properly From the l to the chanterelle and the prolific and aptly named chicken of the woods, mushrooms can easily be harvested and enjoyed, if you know where to look and what to look for Bill Russell s Field Guide to the Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid Atlantic helps the reader learn just that specifically for the often neglected East Coast mushrooms of the United States and Canada.Suited to both the novice and the experienced mushroom hunter, this book helps the reader identify mushrooms with the use of illustrations, descriptions, and environmental observations Russell s fifty years of experience in hunting, studying, and teaching about wild mushrooms have been carefully distilled into this easy to use and well designed guide The book is divided into the four seasons, each with its unique mushroom offerings Each mushroom section includes a detailed description, information about the mushroom s biology, tips on where the mushroom is most likely to be found, and a short nutshell description for quick reference The book also includes color photographs of each of the mushrooms described.Russell s Field Guide to the Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid Atlantic shows the reader not only how to identify the most common mushrooms found in the region but also how to avoid common copycats and what to do with the mushrooms once they re identified and harvested With both color illustrations and insightful descriptions of one hundred of the area s most common mushrooms, Field Guide is an indispensable reference for the curious hiker, the amateur biologist, or the adventurous chef.
Field Guide to Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid Atlantic To most Americans mushrooms are the brown lumps in the soup one uses to make a tuna casserole but to a select few mushrooms are the abundant yet often well hidden delicacies of the forests In spite

  • Title: Field Guide to Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic
  • Author: Bill Russell
  • ISBN: 9780271028910
  • Page: 120
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Field guides have fascinated me since I was really young, and mushroom field guides are particularly intriguing for a couple reasons that run counter to the concept of "authoritative guides". For one, mushroom names are flexible at best: not only do the latin (or "scientific")names change regularly as mycologists reclassify species and subspecies they sometimes barely understand, but the folk names vary from region to region and are nearly impossible to gather in one cover. On top of this, many [...]

    2. I live in Michigan, so a little West of this guide's intended range. I picked this guide because Michigan's lower Peninsula is ecologically similar to Pennsylvania, and I have been able to identify many species from this book.ContentRussell laid this book out by season, which I think is brilliant. There are full color photographs at the end of each section, and the preceding pages contain the mushrooms' descriptions. At the end of the book are a few recipes involving wild edibles, which is a rea [...]

    3. I picked this off my shelf for some page-flipping light reading one evening, and wound up setting aside the novel I was reading until I finished the guide cover-to-cover. I don't know what better endorsement I could make for a field guidewho reads those all the way through like a piece of fiction?The author does a wonderful job. The descriptions of 100 local species somehow don't get repetitive, no matter how many times a sentence begins "this mushroom." He brings just the right amount of wit to [...]

    4. What a fun book! While I am a beginning shroomer so can't quite speak to the accuracy of the images I do like the writing and descriptions. They are well written and humorous yet has great information. I have found some inconsistencies with images, but I have found them with a few mushroom books. The one caveat I have is the images are at the end of each section and not with the descriptions so it is a bit of a pain to flip back and forth.

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