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The Fungal Pharmacy: The Complete Guide to Medicinal Mushrooms and Lichens of North America

The Fungal Pharmacy: The Complete Guide to Medicinal Mushrooms and Lichens of North America Lowest new price: $19.83
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Author: Robert Rogers
Brand: North Atlantic Books

In The Fungal Pharmacy, noted herbalist Robert Rogers introduces readers to more than 300 species of medicinal mushrooms and lichens found in North America. These fungi, Rogers explains, have the capacity to heal both the body and, through the process of myco-remediation, the planet itself. Throughout the book, he documents their success in optimizing the immune system and treating a wide range of acute and chronic diseases, including cardiovascular, respiratory, and liver problems, blood sugar disorders, cancer, and obesity.

Entries discuss the mushroom or lichen’s medicinal traits and properties, including active chemical components, preparation methods (including extracts, essences, and essential oils), and historical as well as modern-day usage. Two hundred full-color photos and thorough descriptions make identification easy for the reader. Rogers also delves into the cultural, religious, and literary significance of each mushroom, featuring fascinating tidbits about each one’s etymology and history.

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  • North Atlantic Books

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Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast: A Comprehensive Guide to the Fungi of Coastal Northern California

Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast: A Comprehensive Guide to the Fungi of Coastal Northern California Lowest new price: $20.36
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Author: Noah Siegel
Brand: Ten Speed Press

A comprehensive and user-friendly field guide for identifying the many mushrooms of the northern California coast, from Monterey County to the Oregon border.

Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast will help beginning and experienced mushroom hunters alike to find and identify mushrooms, from common to rare, delicious to deadly, and interesting to beautiful. This user-friendly reference covers coastal California from Monterey County to the Oregon border with full treatments of more than 750 species, and references to hundreds more. With tips on mushroom collecting, descriptions of specific habitats and biozones, updated taxonomy, and outstanding photography, this guide is far and away the most modern and comprehensive treatment of mushrooms in the region. Each species profile pairs a photograph with an in-depth description, as well as notes on ecology, edibility, toxicity, and look-alike species. Written by mushroom identification experts and supported by extensive field work, Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast is an indispensable guide for anyone curious about fungi.

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  • Ten Speed Press

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Mushrooms: The Complete Mushroom Guide

Mushrooms: The Complete Mushroom Guide Lowest new price: $15.00
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Author: DK
Brand: DK Publishing Dorling Kindersley

An authoritative field guide to more than 450 species of wild mushrooms from around the world, Mushrooms shows the life cycle and features of a mushroom, what supplies are needed for mushroom foraging, and how to take a spore deposit.

A photographic field guide forms the heart of the book, providing information on size, range, and habitat; clear images and illustrations of specimens; and information on what's poisonous and what's edible — making this the ultimate guide to mushrooms.

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  • DK Publishing Dorling Kindersley

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Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois and Surrounding States: A Field-to-Kitchen Guide (Field-To-Kitchen Guides)

Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois and Surrounding States: A Field-to-Kitchen Guide (Field-To-Kitchen Guides) Lowest new price: $16.56
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Author: Joe McFarland

Lavishly illustrated with nearly three hundred gorgeous full-color photos, this engaging guidebook carefully describes forty different edible species of wild mushrooms found around Illinois and surrounding states, including Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, Indiana, and Kentucky. With conversational and witty prose, the book provides extensive detail on each edible species, including photographs of potential look-alikes to help you safely identify and avoid poisonous species. Mushroom lovers from Chicago to Cairo will find their favorite local varieties, including morels, chanterelles, boletes, puffballs, and many others. Veteran mushroom hunters Joe McFarland and Gregory M. Mueller also impart their wisdom about the best times and places to find these hidden gems.

Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois and Surrounding States also offers practical advice on preparing, storing, drying, and cooking with wild mushrooms, presenting more than two dozen tantalizing mushroom recipes from some of the best restaurants and chefs in Illinois, including one of Food & Wine magazine's top 10 new chefs of 2007. Recipes include classics like Beer Battered Morels, Parasol Mushroom Frittatas, and even the highly improbable (yet delectable) Morel Tiramisu for dessert.

As the first new book about Illinois mushrooms in more than eighty years, this is the guide that mushroom hunters and cooks have been craving.

Visit the book's companion website at www.illinoismushrooms.com.

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California Mushrooms: The Comprehensive Identification Guide

California Mushrooms: The Comprehensive Identification Guide Lowest new price: $34.65
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Author: Dennis E. Desjardin
Brand: Timber Press OR

Winner of the CBHL Award of Excellence

California is one of the most ecologically rich and diverse regions of North America, and home to hundreds of species of mushrooms. In California Mushrooms, mycologist experts Dennis Desjardin, Michael Wood, and Fred Stevens provide over 1100 species profiles, including comprehensive descriptions and spectacular photographs. Each profile includes information on macro- and micromorphology, habitat, edibility, and comparisons with closely related species and potential look-alikes. Although the focus of the book is on mushrooms of California, over 90% of the species treated occur elsewhere, making the book useful throughout western North America. This complete reference covers everything necessary for the mushroom hunter to accurately identify over 650 species.

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  • Timber Press OR

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Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America: A Field-to-kitchen Guide

Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America: A Field-to-kitchen Guide Lowest new price: $25.23
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Author: David W. Fischer

Unusual shapes and colors make many mushrooms alluring to the eye, while the exotic flavors and textures of edible mushrooms are a gourmet delicacy for the palate. Yet many people never venture beyond the supermarket offerings, fearing that all other mushrooms are poisonous.

With amateur mushroom hunters especially in mind, David Fischer and Alan Bessette have prepared Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America. This field guide presents more than 100 species of the most delicious mushrooms, along with detailed information on how to find, gather, store, and prepare them for the table. More than 70 savory recipes, ranging from soups and salads to casseroles, canapes, quiches, and even a dessert, are included.

Throughout, the authors constantly emphasize the need for correct identification of species for safe eating. Each species is described in detailed, nontechnical language, accompanied by a list of key identifying characteristics that reliably rule out all but the target species. Superb color photographs also aid in identification. Poisonous "lookalikes" are described and illustrated, and the authors also assess the risks of allergic or idiosyncratic reactions to edible species and the possibilities of chemical or bacterial contamination.

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Mushrooms and Other Fungi of North America

Mushrooms and Other Fungi of North America Lowest new price: $20.51
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Author: Roger Phillips

Praise for the hardcover edition:

"The quality of the photographs, along with the detailed descriptions, makes the volume an excellent identification guide."
-- American Reference Books Annual

"If you have even the slightest interest in identifying North American mushrooms, this is -- quite simply -- the book on the topic, bar none."
-- January Magazine

For amateur collectors or professional mycologists working in the field, this guidebook is quite simply the best North American mushroom reference ever published. Each of the 1,000 specimens is shown in full color on a neutral background to eliminate distractions, and specimens are arranged to show the cap, stem, gills, spines and a cross section, usually in various stages of growth.

Roger Phillips identifies all regional varieties of Basidiomycetes, which include chanterelles, puffballs and fungi, and Ascomycetes, which include morels and cup fungi. Detailed descriptive information on each mushroom variety includes:

  • Dimensions of cap, gills and stem
  • Color and texture of flesh
  • Odor and taste
  • Habitat and growing season
  • Distribution and appearance of spores
  • Edibility and poison warnings

There is also helpful advice on collecting specimens plus an illustrated beginner identification key and a generic key for the more advanced collector.

Mushrooms and Other Fungi of North America is at once the ideal introduction to mycology and an essential reference for the experienced collector -- the definitive book in its category.

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National Audubon Society Pocket Guide: Familiar Mushrooms (National Audubon Society Pocket Guides)

National Audubon Society Pocket Guide: Familiar Mushrooms (National Audubon Society Pocket Guides) Lowest new price: $6.74
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Author: National Audubon Society
Brand: Random House

A portable, comprehensive field guide--brimming with concise descriptions and stunning color photographs, and designed to fit into your back pocket--from the go-to reference source for over 18 million nature lovers.

This streamlined volume contains an easy-to-use field guide identifying 80 familiar North American mushrooms, an outline of identifying mushrooms characteristics, the basics of when and where to look for mushrooms and certain distinguishing qualities of poisonous mushrooms.

This pocket guide is teeming with information on this class of fungi; full-color photographs and descriptive line drawings, engaging mushroom lore on each individual mushroom species, specific identifying mushroom features, notes and warnings on each species' edibility and their poisonous lookalike counter-parts, geographical information and a guide to various mushroom family traits.

Whether you are mushroom-hunting to photograph and paint them, studying them scientifically, gathering then for culinary purposes or just for the rewarding experience in itself, the National Audubon Society Pocket Guide to Familiar Mushrooms is a handy reference guide to have by your side.

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  • Audbn Pg Mushrooms
  • Peter Kastaros

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The Fungi

The Fungi Lowest new price: $76.03
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Author: Sarah C. Watkinson
Brand: imusti

The Fungi, Third Edition, offers a comprehensive and thoroughly integrated treatment of the biology of the fungi. This modern synthesis highlights the scientific foundations that continue to inform mycologists today, as well as recent breakthroughs and the formidable challenges in current research. The Fungi combines a wide scope with the depth of inquiry and clarity offered by three leading fungal biologists. The book describes the astonishing diversity of the fungi, their complex life cycles, and intriguing mechanisms of spore release. The distinctive cell biology of the fungi is linked to their development as well as their metabolism and physiology. One of the great advances in mycology in recent decades is the recognition of the vital importance of fungi in the natural environment. Plants are supported by mycorrhizal symbioses with fungi, are attacked by other fungi that cause plant diseases, and are the major decomposers of their dead tissues. Fungi also engage in supportive and harmful interactions with animals, including humans. They are major players in global nutrient cycles.

This book is written for undergraduates and graduate students, and will also be useful for professional biologists interested in familiarizing themselves with specific topics in fungal biology.

  • Describes the diversity of the fungi, their life cycles, and mechanisms of spore release
  • Highlights the study of fungal genetics and draws upon a wealth of information derived from molecular biological research
  • Explains the cellular and molecular interactions that underlie the key roles of fungi in plant diversity and productivity
  • Elucidates the interactions of fungi with other microbes and animals
  • Highlights fungi in a changing world
  • Details the expanding uses of fungi in biotechnology

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  • ACADEMIC PRESS

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Mushrooms of Northeastern North America

Mushrooms of Northeastern North America Lowest new price: $32.97
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Author: Alan Bessette
Brand: Brand: Syracuse University Press

This encyclopaedic volume, including 1500 species and 650 illustrations, shows the diversity of mycoflora throughout all of northeastern North America. It provides a reference for mushroom identification in the region, and has full descriptions and easy-to-follow keys.

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