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Magnificent Mushrooms & Fabulous Fungi

Foraging for a good book? Learn about mushrooms and fungi through this carefully-cultivated list!

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In Search of Mycotopia: Citizen Science, Fungi Fanatics, and the Untapped Potential of Mushrooms / Doug Bierend

In Search of Mycotopia, Doug Bierend introduces us to an incredible, essential, and oft-overlooked kingdom of life—fungi—and all the potential it holds for our future, through the work and research being done by an unforgettable community of mushroom-mad citizen scientists and microbe devotees. This entertaining and mind-expanding book will captivate readers who are curious about the hidden worlds and networks that make up our planet.

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The Hidden Kingdom of Fungi : Exploring the Microscopic World in Our Forests, Homes, and Bodies / Keith Seifert

Esteemed career mycologist Keith Seifert reveals the important role that microscopic fungi, including yeasts, molds, and slimes, play in our lives, all while remaining invisible to the naked eye. Divided into sections, each one exploring a different environment where fungi thrive, The Hidden Kingdom of Fungi introduces readers to the fascinating world of mycology. Despite their many benefits, we hold a precarious relationship with fungi. The Hidden Kingdom of Fungi urges us to better understand our relationship with fungi—and to plan our future with them in mind—while revealing their world in all its beautiful complexity.

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Entangled Life : How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures / Merlin Sheldrake

When we think of fungi, we likely think of mushrooms. But mushrooms are only fruiting bodies, analogous to apples on a tree. Most fungi live out of sight, yet make up a massively diverse kingdom of organisms that supports and sustains nearly all living systems. Fungi provide a key to understanding the planet on which we live, and the ways we think, feel, and behave. This exquisitely designed volume features more than one hundred full-color images that bring the spectacular variety, strangeness, and beauty of fungi to life as never before.

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Fungi / Roy Watling

Richly illustrated with high quality color photographs, this text for general readers describes a wide variety of fungi. Coverage includes such topics as the importance of fungi to the larger ecosystem, the collection and preservation of specimens, and the scourge of “dry rot” in houses.

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The Secret Life of Fungi: Discoveries From a Hidden World / Aliya Whiteley

Fungi can appear anywhere, from desert dunes to frozen tundra. They can invade our bodies and live between our toes or our floorboards.  They are unwelcome intruders or vastly expensive treats, and symbols of both death and eternal life. But despite their familiar presence, there’s still much to learn about the eruption, growth, and decay of their secret, interconnected, world. From fields, feasts and fairy rings to death caps, puffballs and ambrosia beetles, this is an intoxicating journey into the life of an extraordinary organism, one that we have barely begun to understand.

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Mushrooming: An Illustrated Guide to the Fantastic, Delicious, Deadly, and Strange World of Fungi / Diane Borsato

A one-of-a-kind, vibrant, illustrated guide to more than a hundred common and charismatic mushroom species found across the northern hemisphere, with engaging storytelling that explores the intersection between mushrooms and art and over 120 colorful illustrations.

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The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America / Langdon Cook

A culinary and natural history of mushroom foraging subculture by the author of Fat of the Land juxtaposes the experiences of savvy mushroom-hunting iconoclasts and loners against the high-priced capitalism of four-star kitchens.

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Mystical Mushrooms: Discover the Magic & Folklore of Fantastic Fungi / Aurora Kane

Go for a walk in the woods on any given summer day and you may find yourself surrounded in fungi galore as they lay nestled among the ferns and trees. After a rainstorm, peek out in your backyard and you may see tiny spores sprouting from the grass, forming what is known as a fairy ring. Mushrooms grow in all shapes, sizes, and colors and—depending on where you live—you might find some that are conducive to magic practice. Mystical Mushrooms enters this realm, exploring the magical properties, mythological connections, and symbolic qualities of the fungi that so intrigue us.

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Morel Mushrooms: Best-Kept Secrets Revealed / Michael E. Phillips

A guide to hunting the elusive morel mushroom offers identification tips, advice on clothing and backpacking equipment for hunting, growing locations, and recipes.

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Meetings With Remarkable Mushrooms: Forays With Fungi Across Hemispheres / Alison Pouliot

What can we learn from the lives of fungi? In Meetings with Remarkable Mushrooms, we journey alongside Pouliot, magnifiers in hand, as she travels the world. With Pouliot as our guide, we smell fire-loving truffles that transform their scent after burning to lure mammals who eat them and, ultimately, spread their spores. We spot the eerie glow of the ghost fungus, a deceptive entity that looks like an edible oyster mushroom but will soon heave back out—along with everything else in your stomach—if you take a bite. And we crawl alongside vegetable caterpillars, which are neither vegetable nor caterpillar but a fungus that devours insects from the inside out. Featuring stunning color photographs of these mycological miracles, Meetings with Remarkable Mushrooms shows that understanding fungi is fundamental for harmonizing with the natural world.

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Mushrooms of North America / National Audubon Society

Created by the world’s most trusted name in nature field guides, this handsome volume is the result of a collaboration among leading scientists, scholars, taxonomic and field experts, photo editors, and designers. An indispensable resource, with nearly 2,900 full-color photographs, it reveals the astounding variety of forms, colors, and conditions of 668 species of mushrooms that can be found all throughout North America.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Mushrooms: Everything you Need to Know, From Foraging to Cultivating / Britt Allen Bunyard

Never before have mushrooms generated so much interest, for their health benefits and medicinal properties, as well as a new understanding of their crucial role in a healthy environment and ability to regenerate damaged ones. If you are a newcomer, mycology, or the study of mushrooms and other fungi, can seem daunting. While other field guides are geared toward experts with advanced knowledge or regional in scope and aimed at only a few easy-to-recognize mushrooms, The Beginner’s Guide to Mushrooms by veteran mycologists Britt A. Bunyard and Tavis Lynch is a complete reference and guidebook to get you started identifying, cultivating, cooking, and preserving mushrooms.

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The North American Guide to Common Poisonous Plants and Mushrooms / Nancy J. Turner and Patrick von Aderkas

Identifies and describes more than three hundred toxic plants and mushrooms and provides information on their range, toxicity, and treatment.

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Mushrooms / Thomas Laessře

Describes the main characteristics, natural environments, seasonal changes, and edibility of over five hundred mushrooms.

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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms / Gary H. Lincoff

Covers 725 species, with full-color photographs, descriptions, identification keys, notes on folklore, and advice on edibility.

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Mushrooms of Northeastern North America / Alan E. Bessette, Arleen R. Bessette, David W. Fischer

This volume covers territory of tremendous mycological diversity ranging from the Northeast, the Mid-Atlantic States, the Midwest through the Plains States, and the Upper South to the provinces of Central and Eastern Canada. The 1500-some mushroom species are arranged in major groups based on similarities in their appearance. A superb section of detailed color photographs accompany each major mushroom group. Includes an introduction to mycology and appendices discussing mycophagy, microscopic examination of mushrooms, chemical reagents and mushroom ID, and classification.

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The Mushroom Book / Thomas Laessře, Gary Lincoff, Anna Del Conte

Filled with photographs of prized culinary fungi and notorious poisonous specimens, this book offers advice on where, when, and how to pick and prepare edible species.

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Mushrooms of North America in Color : A Field Guide Companion to Seldom-Illustrated Fungi / Alan E. Bessette 

While “edibility” is part of the description of the 72 featured species, this is not a guide for the gatherer. Bessette (Utica College) and Miller (Virginia Polytechnic Institute) and their wives focus upon those mushrooms not found in most guidebooks. Good color photos accompany the standard natural history.