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Like many people I think the idea of picking food growing naturally from my local surroundings is a great idea. I do worry though. What if I pick the wrong thing and poison my family? Especially fungi. I recently attended a free talk on foraging and found it really inspirational. It helped me realise that with some research and common sense I should be pretty safe. This book is my first step towards picking and consuming some mushrooms found locally. Ten years ago I’d have laughed if you said I’ ...more
This is a good book to give you an overview of everything from picking, to drying, to cooking your mushrooms. Although I enjoyed the extra information in here about preserving and cooking, I wouldn't rely on this book for identification. It would be best used along with a more detailed mushroom guidebook (I recommend Mushrooms Demystified: A Comprehensive Guide to the Fleshy Fungi).
I really want to start foraging for wild mushrooms locally, but I'm nervous about, you know, POISONING MYSELF, so I'm trying to read up on the subject. This book is CHOCK FULL of great illustrations, full color photos, diagrams, and more. This particular book covers mushrooms across North America, so it would be useful for mushroom-hunters across the nation, not just in my area. This is written in an accessible tone, though it's probably not suitable for teens just because it's a complicated and ...more
Anna Del Conte (born 1925 in Milan, Italy) is the doyenne of Italian cookery. Her books include the acclaimed Portrait of Pasta, Gastronomy of Italy and Amaretto, Apple Cake and Artichokes. She won the Duchessa Maria Luigia di Parma award for Gastronomy of Italy, and has won awards from the Guild of Food Writers and the Academia Italiana della Cucina. In 2010 Anna received from the president of th ...moreMore about Anna Del Conte...