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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 hand ...more
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Published July 13th 2011 by Ten Speed Press (first published January 1st 1993)
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Brent Anderson
The best book in the world on growing mushrooms.
Robert Mullins
Jan 11, 2011 Robert Mullins rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hardcore Knowledge Types
Reads like a text book. Be prepared for tons of research. Research is something I really dig, and I enjoy reading instruction manuals, so this book isn't for the everyday leisurely read.

The best reference book, both from a growers and a 'classroom' perspective. If you just want to grow some mushrooms skip the book and buy his kits at

For the more adventurous and knowledge seekers, buy the book and lock yourself in a room for a week.
I'll start by saying that I went into this with very little knowledge. My recent interest in mushrooms stemmed from a TED talk I'd stumbled on by Paul Stamets. I read a variety of material on the internet before deciding that I wanted to read his book Mycelium Running. Unfortunately my library didn't have it - the only book by Stamets in the catalogue was this so I picked it up without any research into it.

It turns out that this is THE textbook for the mycology inclined. The target demographic i
Paul Stamets my absolute guru on mushroom cultivation my training came in a direct line from him. look him up amazing man.
Stamets is the man
Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World was one of my favorite books last year, but it left me with a lot of questions. So I checked out another one of Paul Stamets' books...and this book answered those questions but left me with another round of things to ponder. This may be an endless cycle?

Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms was more technical than Mycelium Running, and it does get tedious in sections. But Paul Stamets' enthusiasm (and genius!) shine through --- I highly r
Josh Lee
Not bad, sadly not great either. While this book does contain a wealth of information and insight, it leaves you wanting more. It is probably my mistake for thinking this would answer most of my questions, it answered quite a few but certainly not all.

Much of the book does not go into enough detail, other parts try to jump right in without any basis - all in all a pretty good book.

If you are looking for a supplemental style book, this will do it for you.
Tom F
Helping me become a home mushroom hobbyist - the book is really aimed at more commercial growers (his "recipe" for substrate calls for 100 lb of sawdust and 50 lb of wood chips), but the growth habits of many many mushrooms are laid out individually which is helpful, and all the info you need to grow mushrooms is in the book, written in an engaging style.
Ok, so I did NOT read the entire book. This is a book anyone interested in mushrooms should OWN. it is very detailed and comprehensive, covering all types of fungi. Highly recommend for reference.
Just way more clinical/scientific than I wanted. But after all, cultivating mushrooms is tricky, so I don't know that I'm going to find any dummy's guide to it.
This book is really geared more towards small-time mushroom farming, but many of the techniques could be modified for the home gardener.
Elizabeth Hills
Everything you always wanted to know about growing mushrooms for food or medicine but were afraid to ask.
Mushrooms are a big part of the farm, this is a good book on growing mushrooms.
informative for beginner as well as the experienced mycologist.
If you like mushroom books, this is a good one!
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