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Mushrooms Demystified [Paperback]

David Arora
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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Oct. 1 1986
Simply the best and most complete mushroom field guide and reference book, MUSHROOMS DEMYSTIFIED includes descriptions and keys to more than 2,000 species of mushrooms, with more than 950 photographs. Mushroom authority David Arora provides a beginner's checklist of the 70 most distinctive and common mushrooms, plus detailed chapters on terminology, classification, habitats, mushroom cookery, mushroom toxins, and the meanings of scientific mushroom names. Beginning and experienced mushroom hunters everywhere will find MUSHROOMS DEMYSTIFIED a delightful, informative, and indispensible companion.

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This is the be-all and end-all of mushroom books! Truly an encyclopedia of mushroom facts and lore, lavishly illustrated with full-color photographs, literally everything you need to know about mushrooms, edible or not. Arora has taught mycology for close to twenty years and has hunted and photographed mushrooms across the North American continent. Threaded through the book are his wry and humorous observations and comments, making what could have been a rather dull, "just-the-facts, ma'am" reference book into a really enjoyable read. The stunning photographs of the incredible variety of fungi are fascinating and eye-opening, and while the author gives clear and factual information, the mysterious allure of mushrooms in their countless shapes, sizes and colors is only increased by this huge and delightful book. --Mark Hetts


An exceptional book . . . a must for intermediate and advanced mushroom collectors and those with wide horizons.-Cottage Life

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Aug. 9 2002
Mushrooms Demystified is the most useful single book I know of on the subject. The dicotomous keys are a powerful identification tool, and the descriptions are right on target. From beginning concepts such as "What is a fungus?" to technical microscopic details, Mushrooms Demystified is accurate and easy to understand. Humor and wit round out the text which is wonderfully well written. It is not a picture book, but it does have enough pictures to make a positive identification. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in the intriguing kingdom of fungi. Im wearing out my second copy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Huge!! Comprehensive, but has a few faults. May 9 2001
This book really gets into those fungi!! I got this book for my wife and I to use as our complete reference book on mushrooms. The book is a little intimidating because it gets so in-depth. And definitely lacks in good pictures. However, after reading a lot in this book you really start to learn a deeper side to those mysterious fungi. Great humor and candor mixed in throughout the book. The step by step ID section has been right-on in helping to identify mushrooms. There are quite a few I have been unable to identify if only I had a great picture of it! Some of the Step by step groups are so extensive its easy to get lost in them without ever finding your mushroom. By far the the most complete book on mushrooms I've seen but probably not for the total beginner. I will be looking for a companion to this one with more color pictures to help. Don't get me wrong, if you want to really get into mushrooms, or already are into them, this book is a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE ID book you need. July 15 2014
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Everything I had hoped for from a mushroom ID book. I will hunt and eat mushrooms with confidence or more importantly I will hunt and not eat with confidence!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 14 2014
good info
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource May 18 2014
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I thought it might be kind of dry (considering how long it is!) but I couldn't put it down. Wonderful book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great field guide for mushrooms in Western Canada Feb. 27 2014
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This is a comprehensive mushroom book. Author use humour presenting pictures and facts about fungi.
Preferred by mushroomers in BC.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Made my Wife Happy Jan. 5 2014
By Chris
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I haven't read this book, but it seems to make my wife happy. Gave it to her for Christmas. So far our family is all still alive after eating the mushrooms she has identified and picked (or avoided).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Learning the Ins and Outs Dec 6 2013
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It's the perfect book for getting to know the mushrooms in your backyard. Easy language to follow, great diagrams, a must for any mushroom enthusiast!
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