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Mushrooms of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada

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A must-have for mushroom hunters in the northeast
The Northeast is one of the best places to find mushrooms; they are both abundant and spectacularly diverse. Mushrooms of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada is a compact, beautifully illustrated guide packed with descriptions and photographs of more than 500 of the region's most conspicuous, distinctive, and ecologically important mushrooms. 
Covers Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin, and the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Ontario, and most of Quebec
More than 550 superb color photographs
Helpful keys for identification
Clear, color-coded layout
An essential reference for mushroom enthusiasts, hikers, and naturalists

600 pages, Flexibound

Published July 12, 2017

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February 8, 2022
Full confession, I have not read the entirety of this book. Even the most ardent forager of Basidiomycetes and Ascomycetes would be overwhelmed by the fantastic research, packed detail, and calculated format of this incredible reference guide.

Do I sound knowledgeable? Well, I am faking it. My first learning was this: Basidiomycota is one of two large divisions that, together with the Ascomycota, constitute the subkingdom Dikarya within the kingdom Fungi.

The subkingdom Dikarya within the kingdom Fungi? That sounds like Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones!

Over the past 15 years I have become an active hiker. Though not a forager who knows bad from good mushrooms, I love happening across their varied shapes and vibrant colours. I continue to be amazed from where they sprout. I have documented many a brilliant cluster or standalone gem on my iPhone.

That is why my thoughtful stepson and his lovely partner in life bought me this masterpiece. I look forward to learning more about the Kingdom of Fungi but quite frankly, this book is overwhelming. I marvel at the author’s command of the topic. Timothy J. Baroni is a Distinguished Professor of Biology at the State University of New York and he knows his shrooms!

The book is parsed into the two main topics and then is broken down further by type of fungi. It is cleverly colour coded for cross-reference which is absolutely required. Each individual mushroom is given a rich photo and has a breakdown of its appearance, characteristics and role in nature.

I have certainly happened across the Lycoperdon Pyriforme. It dramatically releases spores to keep its lineage going. And the Fomes Fomentarius is quite common on my hikes, appearing on tree trunks at eye level. Well, there I go again, kind of faking it. The photos of the two look absolutely like what I have encountered but there are close to 500 types of mushrooms in the book so I may be slightly off species.

But I swear I have happened across Tremellodendron Schweinitzii which looks like underwater tapered coral. The same goes for Calocera Cornea that too, resembles underwater yellow tendrils. They should be on reefs in the Caribbean.

This was a great gift for another reason. Mushrooms are my favourite vegetable. Technically they are classified as such while many an expert would prefer them be deemed fungi. That was another learning from this book. I look forward to many more lessons and can hardly wait for the next season’s bloom of these wondrous contributions to our world.
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October 7, 2020
Baroni covers over 500 species in impressive detail (1 account/page), with excellent photographs and introductory material. He covers (in much less detail) many similar species in the comments section of accounts of other species. Each account lists alternate or outdated names. The index is comprehensive. Since there is only one account per page, this volume is pretty heavy for a field guide. There is an introduction to each of 19 sections (Boletes, corals, jellies, crusts, toothed fungi, chanterelles, polypores, bird’s nests, stinkhorns, puffballs, earthstars, earthballs, cup fungi, morels,…, and 4 groups of gilled mushrooms divided by spore colour (pale, brown, dark, and pinkish)) with a one line description of each genus or group of similar genera in the section. I would prefer a more detailed introduction to each group/genus in the body of the text as well. Also available as an ebook. This is the most comprehensive mushroom guide for my area (S. Ont) other than Le grand livre des champignons du Québec et de l'est du Canada, or online resources such as mycoquebec.org (3138 species and counting!) and mushroomexpert.com.
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May 10, 2017
Mushrooms of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada by Timothy J. Baroni Excellent book!!  Everything you ever anted to know about the multiple species of mushrooms. The book gives you an amazing color picture of the mushroom, the scientific and known name, a full description, size, colors, smell, taste and more. it also tells you if they are poison.
Mushrooms are actually beautiful. The pictures re stunning. Some pictures are of the mushroom growing and others are of picked mushrooms. I never knew there were so many species of mushrooms growing wild all over the northeastern part of the united States. 
I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.
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April 22, 2017
I am mad about mushrooms, I draw them, paint them and craft them - needless to say I love this book. Not only has it got some fabulous clear photographs of these mushrooms, but each page is filled with information on the size, colour, habitat and whether it is good to eat ( its taste) or if its poisonous. Oh it has over 600 pages - I am in heaven.
Having said that, if you are not crazy about mushrooms like me, it is an extremely useful book, very informative, just by the its sheer volume of the amount of fungi found in this area is mind-blowing, each beautifully documented and catalogued. Love it
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January 15, 2021
This is a super new mushroom field guide. I read it cover to cover as soon as I got it and found local species that aren't in any of the other guides. It quickly became top of my stack for making ids. I suggest it for anyone interested in learning about fungi.⠀
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