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May 29, 2009This is one of the most amazing biological guides ever. In addition to being an almost comprehensive guide to most macroscopic fungi of the western US, it is also weird, hilarious, and just plain wacky. Pretty much every time I grab it to look something up, I come across some new gem from Arora. Here's one I just found:
Jun 23, 2007I will actually be "currently reading" this book for the rest of my life - at least during those months that the mushrooms are out.
Nov 12, 2007One of the great reference books of our times! I have so often leafed through this book for the simple sheer pleasure of it, that I have found myself in the forest identifying wild mushrooms that I didn't realize I knew anything about. I can think of no higher praise.
Sep 11, 2013Invaluable. I have learned so much from this book.
Jan 17, 2016This is probably not a book you would sit down and read cover-to-cover. However it is the mycology "Bible" for those interested in gleaning mushrooms from forests & field. Arora's occasional humor, and cute pictures are worth the price of the book alone (see plate 217, "too many mushrooms - overindulgence")
Nov 11, 2013Authoritative and comprehensive, often witty, but altogether somewhat dense. While this mushroom hunters' bible is indispensable, it could benefit from more pictures.
Oct 19, 2008Brilliant. The best of the best. Detailed, comprehensive, easy to use, and hilarious.
Jan 02, 2008another mushroom book that I have used, but never read cover to cover. but will probably be reading this book and using it as a tool for a long time, perhaps till the day I die.
Aug 22, 2007I love this book. Yes it's a good key to identifying fungi, but it's also super entertaining.
Apr 03, 2016Course book for Teresa Sholar's mushroom identification class.
Dec 23, 2013Actually, I will be reading this for a long long time.
Dec 27, 2007This is my most used reference book ever... I got it in college for a class called Mushrooms, history and culture in 2000 and it has seen much use since.
Jun 29, 2012I don't think that I will finish this book before the next eddition is published (soon), but it is an essential and easy to use reference.
Nov 18, 2010Best book out there for mushrooming(with its smaller companion All the rain promises and more)
Oct 21, 2012Highly comprehensive reference text for all fungivores. Well outlined and information is easy to find. However, not the most portable volume--I suggest "All the Rain Brings and More," its pocket-sized field guide companion.
Oct 14, 2010This book is super great for learning but it's also fun to read. He thanked his wife saying "...she did not provide countless house or selfless assistance without which this book would have not been possible."
Jul 08, 2010Incredible resource. After almost 1000 pages I'm still more than a bit mystified, but I've started bringing fungi home and trying to work through identifications. I'm sure years of mycological fun await!
May 13, 2013Clearly a classic and the bible of mushroom identification, though expect a big learning curve when it comes to working through the "choose your own adventure" style method of identifying your bounty.
Dec 08, 2007A lot of good information but just because he says one or another mushroom tastes good doesn't mean he's right. Giant puffballs taste like funky, chemical marshmallows - they are not "eminently edible."
Feb 03, 2010Everything you ever wanted to know about mushrooms and then some. This is a doorstop of a mushroom guide for anyone interested in learning about hunting and identifying. Photos are black and white, with a section of colour plates in the middle of the book. Gives very detailed information about habitat, edibility, spore prints, fruiting bodies, etc. There are also several scientific keys included in the book to help you identify each mushroom species properly.
Jul 23, 2007I have not actually read through this hefty tome, but I have perused used it and deem it a favorable fact that I and fellow consumers of found fungi are still intact, and much the happier for our mushroom meal, many thanks to Arora. Great photos, fun to read. I do disagree with him about his rankings of the tastiness/desirability of some fungi. He underestimates, in my opinion. But his is an American perspective.
Jan 10, 2014One of the best references for North American mushrooms available. It is considered by many to be the "Bible" of mushroom field guides.
Dec 06, 2016This is an excellent, excellent book for mushroomers of all levels of experience, but most of all for beginning hunters. For one thing, Arora's writing style is immediately winning and thoroughly engaging, and this style is fully borne out among the included images. It reinforces the fun of mushroom hunting and also gives a glimpse into that fascinating subculture.
Feb 08, 2018Wonderful descriptions and a lot of fun, only marred by the lack of color photos. Essential, but pair it with a color field guide.
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