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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; 2 Reprint edition (Sept. 23 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155407651X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554076512
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 953 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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In this beautifully illustrated book, Phillips vividly presents the world of mushrooms. Unlike the photographs in other guides, which are taken in the field, the more than 1000 color photographs featured here were shot in the studio in order to capture both the external features of mushrooms as well as their internal anatomy. Each picture includes specimens representing various stages of growth, and the accompanying annotation describes the anatomy of the cap, gills, stem, and spores. In addition, the author explains where the particular species of mushroom is found, its season of growth, and whether or not it is edible. Amateur mycologists as well as professionals in the field will find this book an invaluable guide. Highly recommended as a basic library reference source.
- Paul C. Radich, Univ. of Indianapolis
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Gills, central stem, spore color, tubes, and pores are characteristics that allow the amateur to make a respectable attempt at identifying mushrooms and other fungi. Yes, there are some delicious edible mushrooms, but no amateur should ever eat a mushroom on the basis of his own identification; an expert determination is the only path to safe eating. Yet this is a perfect volume for the admirer of the Mycena species.... Each succinct description provides notes on range, seasonality, defining characters and size. The photographs are excellent.... Throughout, one picks up interesting tidbits, such as the passion that drives British mycologists to conduct their conferences in Latin. Then there are the surprises with every turn of the page, such as the captivating deep blue of the bruised, older Gyroporus cyanescens. It all makes one want to get to the nearest woodland to hasten the learning experience. (Diane M. Calabrese American Reference Books Annual 2010 2011-03-01)

[Review of hardcover edition:] Detailed botanical descriptions and over 1000 photographs that are set against a neutral background to capture all their features... in greater detail than any other mushroom book I've seen. (American Herb Association)

[Review of hardcover edition:] The quality of the photographs along with the detailed descriptions make the volume and excellent identification guide. (Elaine Exell American Reference Books Annual)

[Review of hardcover edition:] A very useful guide to the fungi of North America. (Ian Paulsen Birdbooker Report 144 2010-11-14)

[Review of hardcover edition:] An indispensable aid to identification. (Karin Kratz California Garden)

[Review of hardcover edition:] Well organized, it is an outstanding introduction to the field of mycology... many valuable tips for collectors. (Marilyn K. Alaimo Chicago Botanic Gardens Current Books on Gardening 2006-05-26)

[Review of hardcover edition:] Photos, along with concisely detailed text, make identification of the varieties at least plausible... can also be used as a preliminary reference for the novice mycologist. (John Bagnasco Garden Compass)

[Review of hardcover edition:] Thoroughly engaging and visually appealing... a useful and lovely addition to any nature library. (Jodi Delong Halifax Chronicle Herald 2005-12-04)

[Review of hardcover edition:] Classic mycological book... more than 1,000(!) excellent color photos of North American fungi, plus concise descriptions. (HortIdeas)

[Review of hardcover edition:] More than 1,000 handsome color photographs by Roger Phillips illustrate this comprehensive guide to mushrooms and other fungi of North America, in all their astonishing variety. Amateur collectors, expert mycologists and armchair naturalists will welcome the reissue of this valuable reference.... Mushrooms and Other Fungi of North America also includes useful tips and helpful advice on collecting specimens and identifying them. This book is the ideal introduction to mycology... Eating the wrong mushroom can have deadly consequences but this book will make identification easier for you as well as fun as--this has got to be the best book I have ever seen for collectors wanting to identify mushrooms and fungi in general. (I Can

[Review of hardcover edition:] [A] comprehensive guidebook. (Jolene Ketzenberger Indianapolis Star 2005-04-11)

[Review of hardcover edition:] In a field well populated by various types of guides, Phillip's book is little short of incredible.... incomparable for identification... If you have even the slightest interest in identifying North American mushrooms, this is -- quite simply -- the book on the topic, bar none. (Linda L. Richards January Magazine)

[Review of hardcover edition:] The most comprehensive guide ever... the book is great. (David Hobson Kitchener-Waterloo Record 2005-10-22)

[Review of hardcover edition:] [Mushrooms and Other Fungi of North America] is quite simply unparalleled as a comprehensive guide to its subject. (Ken Smith London Free Press 2005-11-26)

[Review of hardcover edition:] Unlike texts that show only the mature plant, [this book] depicts the mushroom through all stages -- a valuable aid to identification. (Michigan Gardener)

[Review of hardcover edition:] Quite simply unparalleled as a comprehensive guide to its subject... a book that is clear, precise, and an unexcelled reference for anyone with an interest in this fascinating and most accessible subject. (Traci Maier Natchez Democrat 2005-11-06)

[Review of hardcover edition:] 1,000 extremely detailed color photographs. It is filled with lots of information to go with them. (Susan Banks Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2005-11-20)

[Review of hardcover edition:] Phillip's pioneering in-studio photography lets you see each species of mushroom up close and personal... there is no better reference. (Maureen Gilmer Scripps Howard News Service 2005-12-25)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S.M. on Nov. 21 2010
Format: Paperback
This is not a field guide but a great photographic collection containing vast amounts of information describing every microscopic detail of each, then adding comments and comparissons.
A must have book for cross refrencing with your field guide and other books.
While some of the full page images are impressive many of the smaller are not, and none of them contain a scale or visual dimensional refrence. There are several multi subject images where it is difficult to determine which is the top. I would like to see the book seperated into three volumes. This would alow the size of the print to double and enlarge the images.
Without a magnifine glass the Index is next to useless.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 5 2002
Format: Paperback
I've hunted mushrooms for 30 years, and this is the best book I've seen for identifying the edibles.
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Extremely well illustrated. I use other books for identification, and this one to check! Haven't been poisoned yet, and enjoying what Mother Nature offers.
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By Champignonne on Nov. 30 2012
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Une référence fascinante à tout point de vue. Mon premier coup de foudre mycologique. Un must autant pour les néophytes que pour les fanatiques!!!
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By pierre morissette on Nov. 2 2013
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Lots of mushrooms and lots of coloured picotures very dense. I love it. Good quality paper. A great book to take with you on the field.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Beal on Nov. 2 2009
Format: Hardcover
Very helpful, and I think accurate with photos for "everything" he describes. I loved the detailed descriptions, plus the quick check page. Picked "bags" of chanterelles this fall, and a few porcini (pine boletes). Feels like I had an expert at my side all this fall.
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