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This revised and expanded edition of mushroom expert Bill Russell's popular Field Guide to Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic provides both novice and experienced mushroom foragers with detailed, easy-to-use information about more than one hundred species of these fungi, including twenty-five varieties not found in the previous guide.
From the Morel to the Chanterelle to the aptly named Chicken of the Woods, mushrooms of the mid-Atlantic region can be harvested and enjoyed, if you know where to look. Each entry in this field guide contains a detailed description, current scientific classification, key updates and information from recent studies, and high-quality colour photographs to aid in identification. Thoughtfully organized by season, Field Guide to Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic shows you how to locate and identify the most common mushrooms in the region and recognize look-alikes – and explains what to do with edible mushrooms once you've found them.
Featuring over one hundred full-colour illustrations and distilling Russell's fifty years of experience in hunting, studying, and teaching about wild mushrooms, Field Guide to Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic is an indispensable reference for curious hikers, amateur biologists, adventurous chefs, and mycophiles of all stripes.
- Mushroom Basics
- One Hundred Twenty-Five Mushrooms
- Spring Mushrooms
- Summer Mushrooms
- Fall Mushrooms
- Winter Mushrooms
- Edible and Non-Edible Mushrooms
- Mushrooms in the Kitchen
Appendix: Gill/Pore and Spore Print Guide
Bill Russell has been giving mushroom workshops, walks, and talks since 1960. In 1992 he developed unique mushroom cultivation methods that resulted in his business, Mushroom Kingdom Laboratories, which specializes in the commercial propagation of wild mushrooms. Founder and past president of the Central Pennsylvania Mushroom Society, Russell is a longtime resident of State College, Pennsylvania.
"This small and convivial volume is packed with stories, lore, reminiscences, humor, and, best of all, practical advice. If you want to collect mushrooms – for the table, or simply to learn about these fascinating life forms – this book is indispensable."
– Charles Fergus, author of Wildlife of Pennsylvania and Common Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms of the Northeast
"This excellent guide to mushrooms will be useful far beyond the region in the title. Overall, a delightful treatment."
– D. L. Richter, Choice