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Be the first to ask a question about Mushrooms Demystified. Lists with This Book. Nov 15, Owlseyes marked it as to-read Shelves: Maybe Arora doesn’t know about these Portuguese ones, I’ve been photographing. You may click on any of the photographs Ain’t they pretty? View all 4 comments.
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May 29, Ken-ichi rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is one of the most amazing biological guides ever. In addition to being an almost comprehensive guide to most macroscopic fungi of the western US, it is also weird, hilarious, and just plain wacky.
Pretty much every time I grab it to look something up, I come across some new gem from Arora. Here’s one I just found: Since so few bracket fungi are edible, they are ignored by most people and barely mentioned in many popular mushroom books. As I am also ignored by most people and have yet to be This is one of the most amazing biological guides ever.
As I am also ignored by most people and have yet to be mushdooms in any kind of bookI feel I have something vital in common with these unheralded but indispensable organisms. Therefore, a fairly extensive but by no means comprehensive treatment is offered here, in hopes that readers will at least learn to notice polypores, if not identify them. Jun 23, Dmystified rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I will actually be “currently reading” this book for the rest of my life – at least ,ushrooms those months that the mushrooms are out.
The most extraordinary thing about it kushrooms that it’s actually fun to read — no small feat aroga what’s fundamentally a guidebook. Arora leads you to approach the overwhelming task of figuring out the wild mushroom in denystified hand like a mystery, and like many mysteries you end up chasing down dead ends, eliminating suspects, and enjoying every minute of it.
It seems that I will actually be “currently reading” this book for the rest of my life – at least during those months that the mushrooms are out. It seems that every time I pull this out to identify some new thing that’s pushed up under the pine needles can I eat it?
The book is worth it just for his section demystifying the Latin names of fungi — which he makes into something of a sleuthing project. This has been the essential guidebook since it was first published inand I odn’t think anything else has come close for combining science with a literary flair.
Nov 12, Mykle rated it it was amazing. One of the great reference books of mishrooms times! Davidd have so demhstified leafed through this book for the simple sheer pleasure of it, that I have found myself in the forest identifying wild mushrooms that I didn’t realize I knew anything about.
I can think of no higher praise. May 17, s rated it it was amazing. A most magickal and foule tome. Sep 11, Kerri rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have demysticied so much from this book. Okay, I didn’t technically read the whole thing straight through, but I did read all of the sections aside from the identifications straight through. This is as good as mushooms gets in a single source for mushroom identification.
And, it’s an easy read — the author’s a bit whacky in a good way — which really helps, because latin demystkfied conventions davidd my mind fog over if there’s not something lighter to break it up. If you’ve never used a Dichotomous Invaluable. If you’ve never used a Dichotomous Identification Key before, you’re in for a treat, because it’s kind of like a grown-up Choose Your Own Adventure. Jan 17, Scott Cox rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is probably not a book you would sit down and read cover-to-cover.
Arora’s occasional humor, and cute pictures are worth the price of the book alone see plate”too many mushrooms – overindulgence”. Oct 19, Chris Keefe rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone interested in mushroom hunting.
The best of the best. Detailed, comprehensive, easy to use, and hilarious. I would never have expected as much from a field guide. Nov 11, James Mize rated it really liked it. Authoritative and comprehensive, often witty, but altogether somewhat dense. While this mushroom hunters’ bible is indispensable, it could benefit from more pictures. Nov 16, Mila rated it it was amazing.
Arora makes this enormous reference davd an enjoyable read. Feb 08, Tomek rated it really liked it. Wonderful descriptions and a lot of fun, only marred by the lack of color photos.
Essential, but pair it with a color field guide. Dec 06, M rated it it was amazing. This is an excellent, excellent book for mushroomers of all levels of experience, but most of all for beginning hunters. For one thing, Arora’s writing style is immediately winning and thoroughly engaging, and this style is fully borne out among the included images. It reinforces the fun of mushroom hunting and also gives a glimpse into that fascinating subculture.
Secondly, and more importantly, Arora’s book does what other guides may not, which is that he immediately teaches the best mushroom-g This is an excellent, excellent book for mushroomers of all levels of experience, but most of all for beginning hunters. Secondly, and more importantly, Arora’s book does what other guides may not, which is that he immediately teaches the best mushroom-gathering and identification habits by structuring the volume so that you have no choice but to do as you should!
Books explicitly geared toward field identification, especially those with high-quality color plates, see The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms have the tendency to allow the reader to rush through to the most similar-looking picture as a basis for identification, which can lead to very erroneous and potentially dangerous results.
By structuring his book the way he does, Arora forces the reader to orient her identification by starting with spore prints, which requires that the mushroom s be picked, taken home, and properly examined.
Following the spore print, readers must use the dichotomous keys to learn to get a sense of important details. The book teaches us how to examine closely and productively. As a first mushrooming book, I’d recommend this as a prerequisite to perhaps more appealing easy-lookup guides like the field guide mentioned above.
It’s unwieldy in the field, but excellent for those who want to take things home and eat them. Jan 10, Shane Simmons rated it it was amazing Shelves: One of the best references for North American mushrooms available. It is considered by many to be the “Bible” of mushroom field guides. Arora is a good author, and there’s plenty of humor here and there, in this book. He makes an otherwise tedious affair interesting. This isn’t for casual reading however; it’s about 2″ thick and has entries on over species of fungi.
My only real complaint is that most of the photos are in black and white. A full color, updated edition of this book is something One of the best references for North American mushrooms available. A full color, updated edition of this book is something I would like to see.
Jul 23, Masha rated it really liked it. I have not actually read through this hefty tome, but I have perused used it and deem it a favorable fact that I and fellow consumers of found fungi are still intact, and much the happier for our mushroom meal, many thanks to Arora. Great photos, fun to read.
He underestimates, in my opinion.
But his is an American perspective. Feb 03, Jayme rated it it was amazing Shelves: Everything you ever wanted to know about mushrooms and then some. This is a doorstop of a mushroom guide for anyone interested in learning about hunting and identifying. Photos are black and white, with a section of colour plates in the middle of the book. Gives very detailed information about habitat, edibility, spore prints, fruiting bodies, etc. There are also several scientific keys included in the book to help you identify each mushroom species properly.
Dec 08, Luke rated it really liked it Recommends it for: