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Of all the groups of wild mushrooms, none have engendered more enthusiasm and affection than the boletes. Their inherent beauty, abundance, and, for many, culinary appeal have firmly established boletes in the hearts of mushroom hunters around the world. The habitats, geographic distribution, and ecology of boletes – including the intriguing relationships they have with trees and shrubs – only add to their interest. Boletes of Eastern North America offers readers a comprehensive field guide, including extensive descriptions and more than 350 rich colour photographs. Each species listing includes the most recent scientific name with existing synomyms; common names when applicable; and an overview that includes field impressions, similar species, and detailed information about habitat, fruiting frequency, and geographic distribution. Because boletes are one of the most sought-after wild mushrooms, the authors have also included a section with information on collecting, cooking, and preserving them. Advanced students and professional mycologists, as well as amateur mushroom hunters, will find Boletes of Eastern North America an indispensable resource.
Alan E. Bessette is a mycologist and professor emeritus of biology at Utica College of Syracuse University. He has published numerous papers in the field of mycology and has authored or coauthored more than twenty books, including Mushrooms of Northeastern North America and Milk Mushrooms of North America.
William C. Roody is a mycologist and wildlife diversity biologist. He has authored or coauthored several books, including Mushrooms of the Southeastern United States.
Arleen R. Bessette is a mycologist and an award winning botanical photographer. She is the author or coauthor of more than fifteen books, including Tricholomas of North America.
"This book fills an important need, enabling the many interested amateur and professional mycologists to identify the boletes that occur in the eastern US and Canada; a 'must have' book for people seriously interested in mushrooms."
– Gregory M. Mueller, chief scientist and Negaunee Foundation Vice President of Science, Chicago Botanic Garden
"A state of the art, comprehensive treatment of the diversity of bolete fungi found in eastern North America, admirable in its degree of coverage, and reflecting an authoritative knowledge of the subject."
– Todd Osmundson, assistant professor, Department of Biology, University of Wisconsin–La Crosse