Backyard e-book evaluate: ’The Newbie’s Information to Mushrooms’
“The Beginner’s Guide to Mushrooms: Everything You Need to Know From Foraging to Cultivation” by Britt Bunyard and Tavis Lynch ($ 24.99, Quarry Books): The 160-page paperback makes a great promise in one word in the subtitle: Everything. Surprisingly, I found that right.
The guide is comprehensive and very informative, and the authors, both experienced mycologists, write clearly for people with all gardening skills and an interest in mushroom fruiting bodies.
Readers looking for tips on growing mushrooms or wanting to learn more about their health benefits and medicinal properties will appreciate this book.
The first chapter, “The Basics,” defines the anatomy of wild mushrooms and describes each part and how it works. I knew mushrooms had spores, but I never knew they had teeth, spine, pores, or gills.
The core of the reference work is devoted to the correct identification of mushrooms found in North America and Europe.
Photos and details of the physical properties of each species of mushroom are helpful. We also learn that clues to an edible mushroom and poisonous doppelgangers come from being vigilant and aware of the habitat in which it grows.
The “Beginner’s Guide to Mushrooms” also contains information on growing, cooking, and preserving mushrooms. The recipes, along with facts about different tastes and smells, are sure to interest adventurous chefs.
For further exploration of the musky world of mushrooms, there is a list of additional online resources and Bunyard’s mycology journal Fungi.
– Sally Peterson