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

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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 morel to the chanterelle and the prolific and aptly na ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Penn State University Press
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Shaun
Apr 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Kasey Jane
Aug 18, 2012 rated it liked it
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.

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Russell 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
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Benjamin Plume
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nature, nonfiction
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 guide...who 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
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Johanna C.
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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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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Very handy for beginner mushroomers (only those in PA) :) I totally love his writing:)
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