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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (Feb. 1 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898153883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898153880
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 1.3 x 17.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 16 1999
Format: Paperback
This guide is a gem, covering everything from recipies to cultural attitudes and blurbs of short fiction (intentionally or not, the stories are hilarious), all of which is sandwitched into an information packed, full color photo format replete with every prominant mushroom you want to identify. All fits in your pocket, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Jochen Robert Moehr on Feb. 3 2013
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I have bee hunting mushrooms for pretty much 70 years. I grew up in the post WWII years in Germany, when the Morgenthau Plan of the USA had clamped down on industrial and hence agricaultural production in Germany, and had imposed misery, hunger and starvation on Germany, which finally had surrendered. Foraging had become a matter of sheer survival. Fortunately, my father was a pharmacist, and hence a professional advisor to mushroom hunters. He primed me on mushroom hunting from age 4. I kept up the passion ever since.

Coming to the Pacific North West of the North American Continent (Vancouver Island, BC, Canada) in 1986, some 25 years ago, I had to relearn much of what I had been familiar with in Central Europe. The 60 or so species of fungi, I had been able to chose from on my foraging expeditions over there were reduced to nothing, and slowly over the years were increased to something like 30 species. I yearned for a guide to advance me!

This book (All the Rain Promises . . . ) is the best of all the ones I purchase in pursuit of increasing my knowledge. And although I am a firm believer in the fact that any mushroom hunter, who cares for his/her life and that of his/her loved ones should have many guide books, and use them judiciously, I would recommend this one (All the Rain Promises . . . ) for any one who dares to invest in only one . . .

Mushroom hunting is a great passion, a passion that sometimes allows you to survive, and this is the best book to guide you in its pursuit, particularly in the Pacific North West!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Delaine Franklin on May 1 2004
Format: Paperback
I eagerly waited for this book to arrive to me because of all the rave reviews I read about it. Then when I found out it was a guide for WESTERN mushrooms (extending to Colorado; I live in the Midwest) I thought, Crap, I'm gonna half to return it. But the more I kept browsing through it, the more I wasn't going to return it. I LOVE this book! This is a good read even if you don't live in the area it covers. Some of a species described in the book I have actually found in my area.
The photography is excellent, and many times show different angles of the 'shroom. The descriptions are very clear and easy to understand and extra comments, stories and some cooking suggestions are included. However, this guide doesn't include all of the species; it's only made to be an easy-to-carry field guide. I would suggest a more in-depth guide as a compliment to this one. I've heard good things about Mushrooms Demystified (same author), and I am so impressed with this book that I am going to buy it as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brown on May 21 2000
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When I first came to the Pacific Northwest, I saw a poster tacked upon a library notice board, inviting all to join the local Mycological Club's Great Spring Hunt through forest & field. When I got to the point of amassment I was amazed at the collection of jesters, artisans, gourmands & woodland elves, camouflaged by outer layers of normal, placid humans. This Hip Pocket & self-contained field guide for beginners hunting wild mushrooms from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast, from the deserts of northern Mexico to Alaska is a delight. Funny people, funny fungus, funny photos & lots of useful information! I love it & it's a keeper! ......................
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Miller (natural@bendnet.com) on June 1 1998
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This is an excellent companion to the author's Mushrooms Demystified. There are great photos and page references to his earlier comprehensive work. I especially liked the serendipitous "extraneous" information on favorite mushroom hunts, cooking tips, and especially the great picture of my old buddy David "Pan" Grimes replete with lecciniums in his hair.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 14 1998
Format: Paperback
What can I say, but wow! It took me about three weeks and better than 12 hours of reading time to put it down. It has been indespensible on my hikes and has expanded and enriched the lives of myself, my husband and four children. Even if you don't think you love mushrooms, you will. An essential for any outdoor enthusiasts library!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zada Connaway on Dec 19 2002
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This dandy little paperback is full of color photographs as well as very vivid descriptions, from immature to mature specimens. Makes hunting for the edible fungi easy and lots of fun. This should be used as a companion piece to the MUSHROOMS DEMYSTIFIED and can be kept right in your pack in the field!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carita on Feb. 9 2012
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David Arora is one of the world's foremost experts in the field of mushrooms and other types of fungus. This pocket guide is filled with photos and information that is invaluable in the field. His great sense of humour adds a lot of fun to his books.
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