A suprisingly dense and very informative guide featuring the most prominent and interesting mushrooms in the world. Clear, well produced color photography accompanies each description. The first 90 pages feature information about cultivated mushrooms and various methods of cultivation utilized worldwide. This is a great introduction for mushroom enthusiasts.
From the book jacket:
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. Some are downright bizarre, such as the vegetable caterpillar fungi, which grow right through the tissues of caterpillars and other insects to produce a mummy in the shape of their unlucky host.
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. More than 250 stunning photographs accompany the text.
The cornerstone of the book is a well-illustrated section describing the most common edible and poisonous wild mushrooms in the world, from the prized Perigord black truffle to the lethal and often misidentified death cap, from dead man's fingers, which grow in clusters that can resemble hands coming up from the ground, to Lampteromyces japonicus, whose gills glow in the dark.
Truly international in its coverage, this engaging introduction to the world of mushrooms will appeal to naturalists, students, photographers, chefs, hikers, and potential growers from around the world.