When I saw the previous review, I had to pull out my own copy of THE MUSHROOM BOOK to see what the fuss was all about. I happen to enjoy it, and regularly prepare several of the recipes that "A Reader" states "are well written for great taste". Steak Sandwiches with Mushroom-Red Wine Sauce make a great Saturday lunch, Corn-Battered Morels have served me well as an impressive appetizer, and several of the recipes work nicely as either casual or company main dishes, several which are meatless.
The author has given readers an excellent background in mushrooms, along with appropriate words of warning to would-be gatherers. Numerous mail-order sources are identified for those in need of items that are not available locally. The main thing to remember is that this book in notan encyclopedic JOY OF COOKING, nor was it meant to be. It is a small, gift-y type book that treats its subject matter nicely, and provides charming illustrations.