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Collins Mushroom Miscellany [Hardcover]

Patrick Harding
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1 Sep 2008

Mushroom collecting is becoming increasingly popular, and while a comprehensive identification guide is essential, the folklore, facts and fables, recipes and stories that have accumulated since ancient times create part of the charm of these strange organisms. Oddly, these facts have never been compiled in one book.

Collins Mushroom Miscellany is a compilation of all of the fascinating biological facts – a mushroom holds the record for the largest spreading single organism covering nearly 3km◊ – the folklore – there is a widespread belief that mushrooms arise from falling stars – the uses – tree moss lichen is found in most modern perfumes – and the history – the Neolithic Ice-Man found in Europe in 1990 carried two types of fungus; one for use as tinder, but another mounted on a leather thong remains undecided.

Additionally, the book features the most widely used recipes for cooking mushrooms from around the world.

Mushroom Miscellany is a veritable treasure trove of fascinating facts – a perfect introduction to the third kingdom of fungi and an essential companion to every mushroom field guide.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; Reprint edition (1 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007284640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007284641
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 20.1 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 711,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...full of wonderful old stories, amazing facts and beautiful photographs too
-- Emma Townshend, The Independent

About the Author

After gaining his doctorate by growing grass on coal tips, Patrick Harding enjoyed over 25 years as a university lecturer. He now runs numerous courses and works with the BBC on programmes about herbal medicine, wild flowers, mushrooms, and trees. Patrick has had years of experience, lecturing and leading groups on fungal forays. He was recently filmed with Richard and Judy for a BBC 2 series.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 4 July 2011
This book is not a field manual or identification guide. It aims to give a background in fungi and develop the reader's interest in the area. It succeeds in every respect. Very interesting to read, making you want to get out of the chair and do something. Brilliant book even if you don't want to go foraging.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harding is the mushroom king 2 Jan 2010
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Having met the author informally, and knowing that he is very knowledgeable and fascinated by his subject, I was curious to see his published work - and I was delighted with it. The book is beautifully presented, with wonderful pictures and an entertaining text which is also very clear in explaining and educating about safe/poisonous fungi.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent if you are interested in fungi. 6 April 2014
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Not an identification guide, this book is a fascinating view into the extraordinary world of fungi written by a leading expert. Very readable and accessible, accompanied by amazing photos.
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