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  • Paperback: 1056 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 2nd edition edition (Oct. 1 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898151694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898151695
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 5.4 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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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 By "amanitaman" on Aug. 9 2002
Format: Paperback
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 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Buckner on May 9 2001
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Magellan on Sept. 22 2000
Format: Paperback
This is probably the best field guide ever done on the subject. Although I was a neurobiology student in grad school, I had an interest in mycology and took every mycology, lichenology, and non-vascular plant course offered at San Francisco State by the great mycologist, Dr. Harry Thiers, so I've had instruction in the subject by the best. And although the academic specialists have done better books on the individual genera, this is still the best overall "nature guide" type book. Just the photographs themselves are worth the price of the book, because they're gorgeous. There is also plenty of information on other topics besides the description and identification material, such as how fungi reproduce, their distribution and ecology, edibility and toxicology, and many other interesting subjects.
The one criticism I've heard about the book from the professional mycologists is that Arora did not do microscopic analysis on his specimens so as to actually prove what species it is. If you approach the book from the standpoint of this being the best book on the art and science of mushroom identification based on macroscopically observable features, you will be fine. It is Arora's expertise in this aspect of mycology and the detailed and clear descriptions of the species for identification purposes that is exceptional about this guide.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12 2000
Format: Paperback
From the beginner to the expert, this book contains enough information to keep both satisfied. It can even make the beginner feel like an expert after a while! It is entertaining, interesting and filled with information that is simply unavailable elsewhere. Often I find myself reading it for the sheer pleasure of learning about mushrooms. It is amazingly comprehensive for a book that is supposed to be from the west coast. I live in the east and I find it incredibly useful. Often other books are incomplete or vague in their descriptions and this one steps in to fill the gaps. If there is one flaw with this book it is the lack of pictures. Often I consult other books to match a mushroom to the picture and get an idea of what it might be. Then this book helps to narrow it down to an exact species and supplies more information than most other books combined. If you are interested in hunting mushrooms then I can see no reason why you should not own this book...END
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15 2000
Format: Paperback
I've heard this book referred to as "the Bible" of mushrooms. This book is written for novice and seasoned mushroom hunters alike. This is a good key for species and is an excellent text to familiarize yourself with the kingdom of the Fungi. Arora does a good job of making the subject accessible to all interested readers. This book exceeds the quality of other field guides, such as Peterson's Mushrooms field guide by Kent McKnight (not that McKnight's book is bad). Mushrooms Demystified is a good addition to any mushroom field guide as a careful double-check of identification (especially before eating your find!).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11 1997
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Arora's book isn't as long on color photos as, say, the Audobon guide, but who cares? The book's thoroughly comprehensive key, which takes you down to the specific level in many cases, is of professional taxonomic quality, not a look-compare-pray guide like the other books have. Beyond the key, there's a thorough description of each 'shroom that the key might lead you to; Arora's witty and eccentric style keeps this wash of technical detail from getting boring. Over a hundred pages on lore, technique, and the mushroom collector's ethos will make a convert out of you, even if you haven't listened to "Indeterminacy"
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