Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms of the World


By Ian R. Hall

By Steven L. Stephenson

By Peter K. Buchanan

By Anthony L. J. Cole

By Wang Yun

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Mushrooms are among the most intriguing and striking inhabitants of the natural world, as highly regarded for their distinctive flavors and uses in cooking and medicine as for their sometimes strange, often beautiful shapes and forms. Some are medicinal, others poisonous or even lethal. Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms of the World is a well-rounded look at mushrooms, including their cultivation, ethnobotanical uses, and the fascinating roles they play in nature. The authors provide expert advice on how to identify and distinguish between edible and poisonous wild mushrooms and how to record important details, with suggestions for taking photographs and preparing spore prints.

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  • “Outstanding tips on how to cultivate the top eight species grown and eaten worldwide. Beautifully illustrated with outstanding photographs, certainly the best this reviewer has ever seen.” —Choice

    “This is an ambitious undertaking. . . . and the result is a highly informative and useful text that doubles as a field guide. This book is sure to become an essential resource for mushroom aficionados and mycology professionals.” —Northeastern Naturalist

    “The photographs are absolutely beautiful, and will likely inspire me to brave fall game hunting seasons (decked out in fluorescent colors, of course) to do some mushroom hunting.” —Plant Science Bulletin

    “I know all interested in exactly which types can be eaten will find this book just what they have been looking for. The photographs are superb and allow for easy and quick identification and having ‘edible’ or ‘poisonous’ in bold print at the end of each caption is most commendable.” —Gardening Newsletter

    “Timber Press has done its usual fine job of production, and the price is right for a hardbound volume with lots of color pictures. I recommend the book, especially for anyone with a particular interest in truffles or commercial production of other edibles.” —Mushroom

    “The authors, both biologists and mycologists, present clear scientific information. An A–Z listing gives descriptions, a few facts about each mushroom, cautionary rules, and tips on cooking, when appropriate.” —American Herb Association Quarterly Newsletter

    “A very readable, concise, and yet thorough overview of many of the more important economic fungal species consumed by humans.” —Economic Botany

    “A nice incorporation of information for those interested in mushroom cultivation, wild harvesting, or just appreciating the denizens of the fungal kingdom.” —Plant Science Bulletin

    “This concise introduction to mushrooms is profusely illustrated with often superb color photographs. It is an excellent starting point for anyone who wants to learn more about them, and a valuable resource for teachers of mycology, microbiology, or food science.” —Quarterly Review of Biology

    “Excellent color photos, detailed descriptions and simple keys enable the reader to identify many common and important mushrooms.” —Northwest Books

    “Interesting reading for those who are intrigued by these strange creations of nature.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer

On Sale
Sep 17, 2010
Page Count
372 pages
Timber Press

Ian R. Hall

About the Author

Ian R. Hall has traveled widely and his knowledge of mushroom cultivation is international in scope. His firm, Truffles & Mushrooms Consulting Ltd., aims to further the cultivation of edible ectomycorrhizal mushrooms. He also directs the activities of Symbiotic Systems N.Z. Ltd, a company that studies the beneficial effects of mycorrhizas in forestry. Hall has published on a variety of topics in addition to edible mushrooms and mycorrhizas, including the pathology of grasses oversown into tussock grasslands and greenhouse design. He completed his PhD at New Zealand’s Otago University, where he studied with Geoff Baylis. After his post-doctoral fellowship with Jim Gerdemann at Illinois University, Hall returned to New Zealand to work as an applied mycologist and plant pathologist with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF Technology).

Steven L. Stephenson, a professor at the University of Arkansas, has collected and studied fungi for more than thirty-five years, and his research program has taken him to all seven continents and every major type of terrestrial ecosystem.

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Steven L. Stephenson

About the Author

Steven L. Stephenson is a research professor at the University of Arkansas. He has collected and studied fungi for more than three decades, and his research program has taken him to all seven continents and every major type of terrestrial ecosystem.

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