We find this guidebook to be particularly useful. Although specific to New England and Eastern Canada, most of the mushrooms featured in this book are also present in central to southern Appalachia, or many upland Eastern woods. The author goes beyond traditional field guide descriptions to also discuss preparation of mushrooms, flavors, use in fabric dyeing and medicinal applications.
From the back cover:
Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada is an accessible guide to finding, collection, identifying, and preparing culinary and healing mushrooms of the Northeast. Drawing on David Spahr's extensive practical experience, research, and accomplished photographic skill, this book presents an attractive and detailed overview of the subject. The best ways to cook mushrooms are also discussed, with advice about pairing species with appropriate foods, as well as information about the mushrooms' unique medicinal properties. Further breaking the mold of existing guidebooks, it includes up-to-date pointers on digitally photographing mushroom specimens in the wild, propagation techniques, and the use of mushrooms in dyeing fabrics and paper.
This beautifully illustrated guidebook provides specific, easy-to-understand information on finding, collecting, identifying, and preparing the safer and more common edible and medicinal mushroom species of New England and Eastern Canada. Author David Spahr, a trained commercial photographer, here combines his mycological expertise and photographic skill to produce an attractive and detailed overview of his subject. Based on decades of practical experience and research, the book is written in a clear and forthright style that avoids the dry, generic descriptions of most field guides.
Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada also provides useful ideas for cooking mushrooms. Rather than simply providing recipes, the book discusses the cooking characteristics of each variety, with advice about matching species with appropriate foods. Many mushrooms contain unique medicinal components for boosting the immune system to fight cancer, HIV, and other diseases, and Spahr offers practical and prudent guidelines for exploration of this rapidly emerging area of alternative therapeutic practice.
- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: North Atlantic Books; Original edition (July 21, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1556437951
- ISBN-13: 978-1556437953