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An engaging and informative introduction to wild mushrooms and mushroom hunting.
|This is an ideal field guide for the novice
with no prior knowledge of mushrooms or mushroom terminology. Experienced
mushroom hunters will also welcome it as a pocket-sized adjunct to Arora's
acclaimed comprehensive North American guide, MUSHROOMS DEMYSTIFIED.
Two hundred distinctive western mushrooms are portrayed in full-color natural habitat photographs, accompanied on the same page by concise, easy-to-read lists of their key identifying features, and where to find them. In addition to hard facts, the text is laced with unique recipes (including mushroom cookies) and cooking tips, information on mushroom dyes and toxins, and numerous stories and anecdotes as the author celebrates the fun in fungi.
A reader: 'What can I say, but wow! It took me about three weeks and better than 12 hours of reading time to put it down. It has been indespensible on my hikes and has expanded and enriched the lives of myself, my husband and four children. Even if you don't think you love mushrooms, you will. An essential for any outdoor enthusiasts library!'
A reader: 'This is the book you must have if you are even casually interested in wild mushrooms. I am replacing a copy that some cretin stole from me. It is a reader's digest version of the big book by David Arora that is also indispensable. Great photographs and very good descriptions of the most commonly encountered species. A nice touch of humor to make it more than just a reference. Don't miss this one!'
Paperback - 256 pages, $17.95
A culinary and historical paean to the venerable Cantharellus cibarius, this book traces the fragrant fungus through some 5,000 years of history to its current popularity in farmers markets and gourmet restaurants around the country. Eloquent scientific and literary tributes from Scandinavia, Germany, and Italy, full-color illustrations, and a wealth of fascinating biological, ecological, and geographical facts work together to create a picture of a truly unusual treat.
Paperback - 120 pages, $16.95
Cook's Book of Mushrooms
With 100 Recipes for Common and Uncommon Varieties
by Jack Czarnecki Louis B. Wallach (Photographer)
|Czarnecki, chief proprietor of Joe's Restaurant
in Reading, Pennsylvania, gives an account of his life-long fascination
with mushrooms--hunting them, cooking them, and eating them--and provides
100 recipes for both exotic mushrooms and the "wild" varieties that are
now widely available. 27 color photos.
From Barbara Jacobs - BookList: 'As much a philosopher's guide as a chef's recipe collection, Czarnecki's book translates the visceral thrill of mushroom hunting into print. He talks of the myths (fungi are prolific only where angels have stomped and thus created rain, for instance); even more, he speaks knowledgeably about all kinds of fungi, from the scarce, rare, expensive truffle to the ubiquitous button mushroom, and discusses their varieties, nicknames, health and culinary properties, and geographic locations. The recipes from his Pennsylvania restaurant, though a bit upscale in taste, don't force the ingredient into odd combinations. Thoughtful and enthusiastic words and dishes for both city and country dwellers.'
Hardcover, 208 pages, $30.00
Illustrates numerous edible cultivated mushrooms.
By David Arora
The vivid 24" X 36" poster includes a short description of each mushroom: morels, Morchella, Chanterelles, chanterelle, hedgehog, Russulas, Boletus, Agaricus, matsutake, lobster, enoki, oyster, Hericium, wood ear, Armillaria, honey mushroom, beefsteak, Stopharia, trumpet, bolete, truffle, many more.$15.00
Eyewitness Handbooks: Mushrooms
by Thomas Laessoe, Thomas Laesse, Gary Lincoff
Written and researched by mycologists, the latest in the series is a quintessential guide to hundreds of mushrooms. (There are an estimated 1.5 million species worldwide and only about 80,000 have been documented.) Each entry includes a meticulous description, along with detailed color photographs and artwork showing each species in its natural habitat.
There are color-coded bands providing data on fruiting season, size, spore deposit, edibility, and color. Identification is made easier by the organization of mushrooms by shape, with major categories subdivided by such characteristics as gill arrangement or flesh type. This highly informative pocket guide contains 2,300 color photographs and illustrations of more than 500 species of mushrooms.
A reader: 'Each type of mushroom or fungus has its own half page section. The sections have a large and vivid pictures of the species. Did I mention that the pictures are incredible? Usually sections have supporting pictures such as top views and gill views of the mushrooms. It also gives species information, season availability, and dimensions in centimeters of the cap and the stem. The discussion in the section gives written information on description, occurrence, and similar species.'
A reader: 'Excellent! This is the best mushroom field guide I have ever seen. This book shows sharp photos of each mushroom, as well as photos in cross section and of the underside. Photos are not of the mushroom in its natural habitat, but are on a white background, so each photo is well focused and well lit. Also includes a tiny photo or drawing of the mushroom in its natural habitat. Comprehensive-includes mushrooms that don't appear in my other two books. Mushrooms listed both by scientific and by popular names. Extremely conservative in the 'shrooms that it classifies as edible. Book is designed for the beginner ("What is a Mushroom?") as well as the advanced (spore chart). The quality of the book itself is very high; it is printed on excellent paper and stays open to a page when needed. It appears to be well bound and I think the paperback cover will look good even after many trips in the backpack.'
Paperback - 256 pages, $18.95
The National Audubon Society Pocket Guide to Familiar Mushrooms is filled with distinct descriptions and detailed color photographs yet is compact enough to easily slip into the back pocket when on a mushroom-hunting excursion.
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.
Paperback - 191 pages, $9.00
by Kent H. McKnight, Vera B. McKnight, Roger Tory Peterson (Editor)
Over 500 species are described and illustrated in this authoritative guide to mycology that uses the famous Peterson Identification System and contains recipes for delicious wild mushroom dishes.
Paperback - 429 pages, $18.00
With more than 700 mushrooms detailed with color photographs and descriptive text, this is the most comprehensive photographic field guide to the mushrooms of North America.
|The 762 full-color identification photographs
show the mushrooms as they appear in natural habitats. Organized visually,
the book groups all mushrooms by color and shape to make identification
simple and accurate in the field, while the text account for each species
includes a detailed physical description, information on edibility, season,
habitat, range, look-alikes, alternative names, and facts on edible and
poisonous species, uses, and folklore. A supplementary section on cooking
and eating wild mushrooms, and illustrations identifying the parts of
a mushroom, round out this essential guide.
A reader: 'This is a fine field guide, overall. It's not designed for total beginners -- those folks should get some experienced assistance before trying to identify mushrooms with this book alone. But once you know the basics, this guide can be your first reference, and the only one you carry in your pack.
Of the five field guides I have owned, this is by far the best for North American mushrooms. Still, no guide is 100% complete, so having some alternative guides to refer to is a good idea. Also, while it is described as "leather bound," my copy and all others I have seen actually are bound in vinyl with a leather-like texture stamped on it. Don't be fooled into thinking you are getting a real leather-bound book. Of course, vinyl is more practical for field use anyway, where you are likely to get the book wet!'
Leather Bound - 926 pages, $18.50
More Than 180 Species, the Mushrooms Most Commonly Found Across the United States and Canada (Peterson Flashguides)
These laminated fold-out guides are weatherproof and great for quick reference in the field. Each is folded to 4 5/8” x 8 ½”. When unfolded there are 24 pages of that size, with color illustrations and thumbnail-style text. These are wonderful for the car, for hikes, and also hung on the wall near a window for easy use when studying. $7.95
Illustrates numerous edible mushrooms which can be found on the forest floor.
By David Arora
The vivid 24" X 36" poster includes a short description of each mushroom: morels, Morchella, Chanterelles, chanterelle, hedgehog, Amanita, Russulas, Boletus, Agaricus, matsutake, lobster, enoki, coprinus, Sparassis, oyster, Hericium, wood ear, Armillaria, honey mushroom, beefsteak, Stopharia, trumpet, bolete, truffle, many more.
24" X 36" poster, $15.00
Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms:
Mushroom Grower's Guide
By Paul Stamets
| Expanded to 592 pages and more than 500 photographs
and diagrams, this fully updated edition of the internationally acclaimed
mushroom grower's guide adds 6 more mushroom species to the 25 species
already described. Advanced cultivation techniques for Agaricus blazei,
Pleurotus tuberregium, Sparassis crispa, Trametes versicolor, Tremella
fuciformis and Agaricus brunnescens ("Portobello") mushrooms are have
been added to the Third Edition. This book covers in detail state-of-the-art
commercial cultivation techniques, liquid culture inoculation methods,
mycological landscaping, growing room and lab designs, troubleshooting
and more. Commonly referred to as "The New Testament" by amateur and professional
mycologists alike. The best book on mushroom cultivation just keeps getting
A reader: 'The best! Tops, hands down, expands upon knowledge gained
in The Mushroom Cultivator and the author's enthusiasm for mushrooms
shines through. Everything I ever needed to know on cultivations, history,
and medicinal properties are contained within. Kudos!'
Growing Wild Mushrooms
A Complete Guide to Cultivating Edible and Hallucinogenic Mushrooms
by Bob Harris
The most complete beginner's guide to growing mushrooms in print. Step-step instructions, with drawings and photographs (16 in full color), introduce the novice to the full range of growing methods: from sterile culture procedures (the basis of all tissue culture cloning techniques) to indoor bottle gardens to indoor/outdoor compost gardens. This newly revised edition includes an expanded compost section on producing small quantities of precisely-mixed compost indoors and an updated taxonomy of selected psilocybin-containing mushrooms.
A reader: 'Growing Wild Mushrooms is a good book for a biggining Mycologist. It runs through the basic procedures from making an agar medium to harvesting. But what makes this book worth a four star rating is it's wonderful color photos. It's one thing to read text, but quite another to to see clear illustrations. I would recommend this book to any aspiring Mycologist.'
Paperback, 86 pages, $12.95
Simon & Schuster's Guide to Mushrooms is indispensable to anyone fascinated by mushrooms and other fungi. Lavishly illustrated, it contains detailed information about 420 types of mushrooms and other fungi found in the United States and Europe.
The comprehensive introduction provides general information on the structure, reproduction, life cycles, classification, and distribution of the various species and describes the individual parts of the fungus as well. The entries describe the appearance, habitat, and geographic distribution of each species of fungi. The easy-to-use visual key provides each entry with immediately recognizable symbols that indicate spore color, ecological environment, and whether the species is edible or poisonous. A glossary and analytical index, plus an Index to Genera for locating particular subjects, help make this the most beautiful, valuable, and authoritative book in the field.
A reader: 'I happen to love mushrooms and am very into identifying the ones that grow in my backyard. This book was a lot more helpful to me than any of the others I found. The beginning is extremely informative, and the species guide is huge-about 240 great pictures! No book can list every one, but this one covers a great many, especially common ones you're likely to see. Get it-it's a good buy.'
A reader: 'This book not only has clear color pictures of over 400 different kinds of mushrooms and other fungi, it also lists habitats, seasons when the listed mushrooms grow, and edibility. The book also explains the reproductive cycle of mushrooms, and how they help to break down organic matter into soil minerals. This book will not make you an expert on mushrooms, and I would not recommend collecting wild mushrooms for consumption because many deadly ones look very similar to edible ones, but all in all, this is the best book on the subject I have seen so far!'
Paperback - 511 pages, $17.00
and Poisonous Mushroom Field Guide
by Gary P. Menser
A reliable reference that shows readers how to identify, collect, and dry wild mushroom samples. Detailed, to scale line drawings accompany concise descriptions of the habitat of each species, along with information on its fruiting cycle and geographical range. The chemical qualities of both poisonous and psychoactive fungi are clearly explained. This unique book features: How to collect, identify, and dry samples, Useful keys and charts, Chemical qualities of psychoactive species, Genus and species detailed information, Taxonomy and identifying characteristics, Latin, microscopic and macroscopic glossaries, Fifty drawings and 32 color plates.
146 pages, paperback, 4.5x7.5", 14.95
Katya's Book of Mushrooms
by Katya Arnold, Sam Swope
From School Library Journal: 'Gr 5-8: In this oversized title, brightly colored artwork and a cheerful, anecdotal text introduce a variety of wild mushrooms while describing Arnold's childhood experiences in Russia gathering and eating them.
Mushrooms are defined, specific types are identified, and much information and folklore are added. The idiosyncratic illustrations lend a humorous if slightly chaotic touch. The text includes many caveats (beginning on the endpapers) against eating mushrooms you cannot positively identify as safe, suggesting the use of field guides and expert advice. However, she waxes so lyrical in her descriptions of mushroom tastes and smells that readers of all ages will want to join the hunt. This unique and appealing book should be approached with caution and guidance from knowledgeable adults, as should all wild mushrooms.'
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books: 'This is an unusual and involving book. . . . Arnold's linocuts combine bold colors with black outlines for a dramatic visual presentation of our fungalfriends. Each colorful double-page spread is filled with mushrooms, all withidentifying captions, and includes some small anecdote about Arnold's relationship with each one.'
Magic Mushrooms in Some Third World Countries
by John W. Allen
| 'I, John W. Allen, co-authored this guide
with Dr. Jochen Gartz of the University of Leipzig, Germany, This fine
guide lists numerous countries where magic mushrooms are served in omelettes,
pizza's, 'smoothies' and soups. Soon to be published in a german language
edition by Nachtshatten/Solothurn.'
A field guide for psychoactive mushrooms in 12 countries in Asia, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Oceania and the Asian Pacific. Food items such as Mushroom omelettes, Soups, Smoothies, and pizza's are available as are Mushroom motif designed T-shirts. 5 photographs of species are presented.
This excellent book explores their traditions and uses around the world. It also has practical information, photographs, and places to get a Magic Mushroom omelette.
The author John Allen is one of the world's experts on Entheogenic Fungi and has picked and studied mushrooms worldwide.
50 pages, $10.00
Identification guide with full-color pics.
by 'Mushroom John' Allen
Species identification with photos, historical and current use, bibliography.52 pages, $12.00
by 'Mushroom John' Allen
Introduction, species identification with photos (some color), bibliography.
42 pages, 12 full-color pics, 35 Black and white plates, $12.00
Sabina: Saint Mother of the Mushrooms
She heals and sees with the power of magic mushrooms. A short biography of the Aztecs and the shaman who shared with ethnomycologist R. Gordon Wasson and photographer Alan Richdson the sacred visionary mushrooms of México.
References, 32 pages, $7.00
The White Goldrush of the 1990s
by Jerry Guin
This journal and guide by Jerry Guin explains how to identify, harvest, sell, and buy the matsutake, best time to hunt, some better growing locations, Forest Service regulations, what you should bring, special tips to make finding matsutakes easier. It documents this modern day goldrush in Washington, Oregon and northern California as seen through the eyes of a man who knows the wild mushroom market first as a picker, and later as a buyer.
Paperback, 96 pages, $9.95
How to Identify, Gather and Cook Wild Mushrooms and Other Fungi
by Thomas Laesse, Anna Del Conte, Gary Lincoff
|From Booklist: 'The ability to correctly identify
mushrooms is, in many ways, an art in itself. With this profusely illustrated,
helpful guide providing assistance, it should be possible to acquire a
good deal of the skill necessary to differentiate between a delectable
parasol mushroom and a species with a similar appearance, the green-gilled
parasol, which is highly toxic if ingested. Bright, bold photographs and
concise text together describe important features and enhance an extended
graph provided for use as an identification key. The large format adds
impact to the main body of material: an in-depth field guide that indicates
whether a species is deadly poisonous, possibly edible, or a choice selection
to include in gourmet recipes such as those featured in the final chapter.'
From Library Journal: 'The bulk of this North American edition is a field guide to 450 mushrooms. Entries include a brief description with a bulleted list of spore deposit, habitat, range, and fruiting. The author is a scientist experienced in mushroom education, and the information presented is accurate. A strength of this work is its color photographs; in each, the whole specimen is shown, accompanied by views from various angles to focus the user on important features. Illustrations depict a typical growing situation, and symbols help the reader quickly identify approximate size and edibility. Other sections provide beginning enthusiasts with an overview of mushrooms and give tips on collecting, preserving, and cooking.'
Hardcover, 256 pages, $29.95
A Comprehensive Guide to the Fleshy Fungi
by David Arora
| Nothing is more elusive and mysterious than
the wild mushroom. David Arora celebrates the gathering and study of wild
mushrooms with engaging style, wit and simple terminology. Mushrooms Demystified
includes descriptions, photographs, and keys to over 2,000 species. There
is a Beginner's Checklist of the 70 most distinctive and common mushrooms
plus detailed chapters on terminology, classification, habitats, mushroom
cookery, mushroom toxins, and the meanings of scientific mushroom names.
A reader: 'This is the be-all and end-all of mushroom books! Truly an encyclopedia of mushroom facts and lore, lavishly illustrated with full-color photographs, literally everything you need to know about mushrooms, edible or not. Arora has taught mycology for close to twenty years and has hunted and photographed mushrooms across the North American continent. Threaded through the book are his wry and humorous observations and comments, making what could have been a rather dull, "just-the-facts, ma'am" reference book into a really enjoyable read. The stunning photographs of the incredible variety of fungi are fascinating and eye-opening, and while the author gives clear and factual information, the mysterious allure of mushrooms in their countless shapes, sizes and colors is only increased by this huge and delightful book.'
Paperback - 1020 pages, 6x9
Learn the secrets of growing the finest mushrooms from an expert who takes you step-by-step. Our Mushroom Growing Magic video presents the most difficult and demanding phase of mushroom growing, the preparation of mushroom spawn. Spawn preparation involves exacting sterile culture techniques. Our video clearly shows the precise movements and correct techniques that can bring success. The easiest way to learn how to grow mushrooms. VHS only. $55.00
The suitable yet complex flavor of mushrooms is complemented and enhanced with garden-fresh or dried herbs. Mushrooms Love Herbs is the country cook's guide to this sensational food, and the delicious combinations possible. More than 30 recipes are included, using mushrooms to their full potential in fresh, delectable dishes of all kinds.
Hardcover - 64 pages, $9.95
The author, George Barron: 'This is a well-illustrated user friendly book: 1. The book describes more than 600 species and all of them are illustrated. 2. The pictures are big, the descriptions short and the keys simple (honest!) 3. There are over 200 thumbnail images in color that help to get you where you want to go IN A HURRY. 4. The book is compact and can easily be carried in a backpack without wearing you down.
| 5. The different groups of fungi are color
coded for rapid access and the pages have rounded corners that don't get
dog-eared (page flippers will be especially grateful for these features).
6. The fungi are photographed in natural surroundings and the pictures
are very good to excellent (so say reviewers!). 7. The names of the mushrooms
(which change as fast as the weather) are up to date (for the moment!).
8. There are over 20 species of Slime Molds described. Slime Molds are
interesting (to some), attractive and seldom illustrated in other books.
9. All the fungi in the book are found between the Great Lakes and the
Atlantic coast. Most other books contain large numbers of species from
the west and the south that don't fruit in our area and this is confusing.'
A reader: 'This book by George Barron is a wonderful feild guide. Every picture is large and in vivid color not like many books that that have small or unclear pictures. This detail makes distinguishing alike mushrooms simple, and if you are still confused Mr. Barron's simple laid back notes on each will correct any confusion. The book has user friendly color coded sections. There is even extra information on edible and toxic mushrooms overall there is no better book on the market today to identify mushrooms period. Although Mr. Barron is an expert on this subject and has a Ph.D in Mycology he is a master at keeping it simple. If you are intrested in this topic, buy this book!'
Paperback - 352 pages, $19.95
Mushrooms of Northwest North America
by Helene M.E. Schalkwijk-Barendsen
More than 500 species of mushrooms found in the Pacific Northwest and western Canada, from Manitoba to the Pacific Coast and from the Yukon to California described and meticulously illustrated in full color.
The author: 'I'm not only the author but also the illustrator of this book, which describes mushrooms I have found over many years of collecting, mostly around our cabin at Sandy Lake (Alberta). Since the late '60s I have been taking my paints, easel and boards into the woods. When I spotted a mushroom new to me, I sat down and painted it in its own environment, always life size. When the painting was finished I collected a few of the mushrooms in different stages of development, and used them back at home to record further details in my sketchbook and to prepare dried specimens to send to several academic contacts who used them in their research.
I have found species numbering in the thousands over the years. I have a background in botany, so I was familiar with classification systems. The classification of fungi changes quite a bit as knowledge advances, and I have developed a bookkeeping system based on card files and my sketchbooks to keep track of what I've found and where it fits.'
A reader: 'Helene M. E. Schalkwijk-Barendsen's guide to the mushrooms of Northwest North America is an excellent introduction to this subject. Schalkwijk-Barendsen covers all the mushrooms one is likely to encounter in this region with both informative text and beautiful watercolour illustrations also painted by the author. Species are referenced by both common and Latin name making this book accessible to both the interested novice and the experienced mushroom enthusiast. This book should be a first-choice for anyone who love the outdoors, mushrooms and art.'
Paperback - 416 pages, $19.95
Mushrooms: Poisons and Panaceas
A Handbook for Naturalists, Mycologists, and Physicians
by Denis R. Benjamin
Denis Benjamin's definitive new work covers all aspects of mushroom consumption, with a fresh approach and anecdotal style that make the mushroom story a compelling one. Using the most current information available, Benjamin blends a love and knowledge of natural history with reliable medical expertise, offering both mushroom hunters and medical personnel a unique perspective on this evocative group of organisms.
Mushrooms: Poisons and Panaceas explores the wonder and sense of mystery that have surrounded these fungi down through the centuries, presenting the history of mushroom consumption and differing cultural attitudes toward mushrooms in fascinating detail. In addition, Dr. Benjamin's book clearly and thoroughly discusses the signs, symptoms, and treatment for mushroom poisoning and suggests the right questions to ask in order to arrive at a diagnosis. It also contains a full-color photographic insert to aid in rapid mushroom identification during a medical emergency, and it evaluates the health and nutritional aspects of different species of mushrooms. Emergency room physicians and toxicologists, chefs and dieticians, amateur and professional naturalists, and anyone who is intrigued by food will find this book an invaluable source of information.
A reader: 'Dr. Benjamin makes no pretense of being an expert at mushroom identification, but rather focuses on the history, culinary use, medicinal properties and toxicology of mushrooms. The central part of the book deals with the symptoms and treatment of mushroom poisoning. Dr. Benjamin takes what is, suprisingly, considered by many to be a contrarian position, that physicians should be best advised to treat mushroom poisoning on the basis of symptoms alone, and not wait for an identification of the mushroom responsible. Previous books on this subject have focused (perhaps unnecessarily), on identification first, having been written primarily from the viewpoint of mycologists. It's refreshing, to say the least to have a book more directed to the physician.
That's not to say that there isn't plenty here for the mycologist, or the amateur. It's really as much as anyone needs to know, complete with copious references.'
Paperback - 422 pages, $34.95
Illustrates numerous poisonous and psychoactive mushrooms.
By David Arora
The vivid 24" X 36" poster includes a short description of each mushroom: amanita, psilocybe & much more.
40 Quick and Easy Recipes
by Jack Czarnecki, Alexandra Maldonado (Illustrator)
Portobello mushrooms are the most flavorful--and popular--of the cultivated "exotic" mushrooms that are now found in supermarkets and specialty shops throughout the United States and Canada.
From the simple grilled portobello to portobello lasagna and portobello pot pie, this book offers recipes for 40 wonderful dishes made with this delicious, low-fat, low-calorie mushroom. 40 color illustrations.
Jack Czarnecki, America's foremost authority on cooking mushrooms, has written the first book focusing exclusively on the versatile portobello mushroom. The portobello, also known as the "portabella," "portabello," and "portobella," is deliciously satisfying and low in fat and calories. Portobellos also provide a depth of flavor that is difficult to achieve with vegetables alone, making them invaluable to vegetarians and others who want to reduce their consumption of meat.
A reader: 'Recipes are easy to follow, diverse, interesting and delicious. The explanations of the various stages of mushroom development and effect on flavor are very informative and worth more than one reading. I have purchased several copies of this book as holiday gifts for my friends who are fond of the portobello. When does next 40 come out???'
Hardcover - 87 pages, $14.95
The revised and expanded edition of the classic how-to manual of psilocybin
mushroom cultivation. In-depth growing instructions with step-by-step
photographs showing exactly how it is done. The rediscovery of the mushroom
and its historical use in ritual is also covered.
Mushrooms of the World
An Identification Guide
by Paul Stamets
From the author of Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms comes the only identification guide exclusively devoted to the world's psilocybin-containing mushrooms. Detailed descriptions and color photos for over 100 species are provided, as well as an exploration of their long-standing use by ancients and their continued significant to modern-day culture.
245 pages, paperback, 6x9", 24.95
Producing Organic Psilocybin in a Small Room
by Adam Gottlieb
The classic how-to guide
Psilocybin Production tells how psilocybin is produced and extracted. Clear and simple terms with complete descriptions of several procedures, including: Locating and gathering mushrooms, Developing stock cultures for innoculation, Cultivating, harvesting, and drying mycelium, Extracting active alkaloids, Using existing cultures to seed new cultures, Setting up large scale psilcybin production, Fruiting mushrooms from mycelia.
88 pages, photos, $9.95
Herb of Spiritual Potency and Medical Wonder
by Terry Willard Contribution by Kenneth Jones
Christopher Hobbs: 'People also ask how often to take Reishi as a medicine. Another way of looking at the whole process is the view of not only the Chinese healer, but also of Hippocrates, the ancient Nature-Doctor who said: "let your medicine be your food and your food be your medicine."
Consider Reishi a food-one to be eaten often, when need for strengthening and "environmental protection." In this way we embrace the concept of tonics--natural food medicines which can nourish and strengthen us. In this culture, we are not unfamiliar with this concept as seen, for instance, in advertising for milk. These ads extol the "healthful" virtues of milk, telling us in particular that it helps build "strong bones." Recognize that Reishi and other adaptogens help us build strong defenses.
In summary, I believe you will find Terry Willard's book not only absorbing, but of importance in re-emphasizing an age-old approach to health and prevention. He has presented the material in a style that involves us in a adventure of discovery, and helps to make the scientific provings more accessible. I hope my short introduction not only serves to open the door to this exciting work, but also helps to impart a little of the love and tremendous enthusiasm I have for medicinal mushrooms and our future relationship with them.'
Table of Contents: Introduction; Chapter 1 - The Emperor's Search:
The Folklore of Reishi; Chapter 2 - Reishi in the Wild; Chapter 3 -
Reishi in Medical Science; Chapter 4 - Reishi and the Heart; Chapter
5 - Reishi and the Issue of Allergies; Chapter 6 - Exploring Other Health
Effects of Reishi; Chapter 7 - Reishi in the Clinic; Chapter 8 - The
Future of Reishi; Chapter 9 - Dosage and Saftey; Conclusions; Appendices,
Glossary, Notes Index, Illustrations
Wasson (1898-1986) was an amateur mycologist whose scholarly writings on hallucinogenic mushrooms pioneered the field of ethnomycology and sparked the psychedelic movement.
A legendary figure in the field of ethnobotany, R. Gordon Wasson's
trail-blazing work on hallucinogenic mushrooms with the Mexican curandera
Maria Sabina in the 1950s brought increased scholarly attention to the
importance of psychoactive plants in the spiritual life of indigenous
peoples, and had a profound influence well beyond the academic world.
His accessible writings helped popularize these discoveries, forming
the ground for the social revolution of the following decade. With the
growing interest in the role of psychoactive plants in society today,
the work of R. Gordon Wasson and the example set by the man himself,
so well illustrated here, takes on increasing importance.
This book concerns historic and entheogenic uses of magic mushrooms and includes a glossary of Nahua and Indian names for the sacred mushrooms and contemporary local Mazatec and other worldwide common names as well and an extensive bibliography.
Paperback, 48 pages, $10.00
Toads and Toadstools
The Natural History, Folklore, and Cultural Oddities of a Strange Association
by Adrian Morgan
|While many field guides and cookbooks have
been written on mushrooms, fewer books have been devoted to frogs and
toads (certainly field guides and perhaps a cookbook), --but none that
we know of has ever addressed their curious historical relationships throughout
the world. Artist and scholar Adrian Morgan has spent twelve years collecting,
studying, drawing, painting, observing, and casting his subjects. The
result is a glorious feast for the eye as well as the intellect. An astonishing
compendium of art history, cultural anthropology, pharmacology, herpetology,
micology,--and serious conjecture--TOADS AND TOADSTOOLS will delight and
amaze any armchair biologist. Brimming over with almost 150 illustrations.
A reader: 'I was pleasantly surprised by this well illustrated work after I picked up a copy at the San Francisco Fungus Fest (where else?). The author points out that mushrooms and toads are linked in the mythologies of many different cultures, that both can be entheogenic (hallucinogenic), and both are credited with spiritual characteristics. He never does answer the central question - why are toads and "toadstools" so often linked? - but he gives you so much neat art and interesting mushroom/historical lore that you don't really mind. Enthusiastically recommended.'
Paperback - 224 pages, $24.95
by 'Mushroom John' Allen
Author John Allen: 'Below is a photo image on the left of R. Gordon Wasson and mycologist Rolf Singer in Huautla de Jiménez, Oaxaca, México with a large collection of Psilocybe caerulescens, circa 1955-57. The second image is of author John W. Allen and R. Gordon Wasson in San Francisco, Ca., circa 1978. This book provides a brief history of Dr. Wasson's first meetings with the Mazatec shaman, Dona María Sabina. After this meeting between Wasson and María Sabina, Wasson reinvented the mushroom. This later popularized its use among educated westerners.'
Paperback - 29 pages, $7.00