Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America: A Field-to-kitchen Guide

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University of Texas Press, Mar 1, 2010 - Cooking
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Unusual shapes and colors make many mushrooms alluring to the eye, while the exotic flavors and textures of edible mushrooms are a gourmet delicacy for the palate. Yet many people never venture beyond the supermarket offerings, fearing that all other mushrooms are poisonous.

With amateur mushroom hunters especially in mind, David Fischer and Alan Bessette have prepared Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America. This field guide presents more than 100 species of the most delicious mushrooms, along with detailed information on how to find, gather, store, and prepare them for the table. More than 70 savory recipes, ranging from soups and salads to casseroles, canapes, quiches, and even a dessert, are included.

Throughout, the authors constantly emphasize the need for correct identification of species for safe eating. Each species is described in detailed, nontechnical language, accompanied by a list of key identifying characteristics that reliably rule out all but the target species. Superb color photographs also aid in identification. Poisonous "lookalikes" are described and illustrated, and the authors also assess the risks of allergic or idiosyncratic reactions to edible species and the possibilities of chemical or bacterial contamination.

  

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very informative, good pictures and descriptions. would love to have this book in my kitchen in addition to other mushroom hunting books for references. Read full review

Review: Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America: A Field-To-Kitchen Guide

User Review  - Goodreads

very informative, good pictures and descriptions. would love to have this book in my kitchen in addition to other mushroom hunting books for references. Read full review

Contents

DISCOVERING MYCOPHAGY
1
An Introduction to the Mushroom
3
Fundamentals of the Hunt
6
What Have you Found?
13
The Mycophagists Ten Commandments
17
How to Use This Guide and Beyond
18
FORGOTTEN FRUIT EDIBLE WILD MUSHROOMS OF NORTH AMERICA
21
Chanterelles and Similar Mushrooms
23
Shelflike Mushrooms Puffballs Morcls and Jelly Fungi
121
POISONOUS WILD MUSHROOMS OF NORTH AMERICA
141
Mushroom Poisoning
143
Poisonous Wild Mushrooms
147
WILD MUSHROOMS IN THE KITCHEN
169
Preparing Preserving and Cooking Wild Mushrooms 15 Wild Mushroom Recipes
171
I
179
Glossary
242

Gilled Mushrooms
36
Boletes
93
Tooth Mushrooms
107
Coralshaped Clubshaped and Cauliflowershaped Mushrooms
112

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About the author (2010)

MICHAEL W. BEUG is a mycologist, environmental chemist, and Professor Emeritus at Evergreen State College. He is on the editorial board of Fungi magazine, and his mushroom photographs have appeared in over thirty books and articles. He is coauthor of MatchMaker, a free online mushroom identification program covering over 4,000 taxa of fungi. He lives in Husum, Washington.

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