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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland (1 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847739385
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847739384
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.1 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 643,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An environmental writer and fungi fanatic, Daniel Butler has been running fungi forays in mid-Wales for over 12 years. He regularly lectures on mushroom collection and has catalogued pictures of hundreds of species. A freelance writer since 1990, he has written three books and was editor of Tree News. He lives near Rhayader in Powys, Wales.


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Pictures are very poor, and the book is full of mistakes.

Page 8: Possibly the worst picture of a deathcap I've ever seen. Is it a deathcap? Not even clear it is an Amanita.

Page 9: "Purple-Staining Bolete" is used as a common name for Boletus erythropus. Having never heard this before, I typed this common name in to Google and got one result. Presumably Mr Butler made up this common name?

Page 10: Picture labelled as Sulphur Tuft, which is probably the most common mushroom in the UK, and poisonous. Unfortunately the picture is actually of Sheathed Woodtuft, which is edible and excellent.

Page 11: Picture labelled "Experienced hunters can find a variety of fungi on a single foray". Basket in picture appears to contain 3 species - 5 penny buns, 2 Macrolepiota konradii and 1 chanterelle. Well done! Have a peanut.

Page 16: Picture labelled "The excuisite porcini: king of edible mushrooms" (i.e. Boletus edulis, Cep, Penny Bun). Unfortunately the picture is actually of the equally-edible Boletus pinophilus or Pine Bolete.

Page 34: Is this really the best picture he could manage of an amethyst deciever? This species is known for being uber-abundant. The book contains two pictures of singletons, looking down on their lonely caps.

Page 54: Picture labelled "Shaggy parasol: chlorophyllum rhacodes", saying it is the woodland version of a parasol. C. rhacodes, is always found in woodland, but its relative C. brunneum often turns up in grassland. Picture is actually of C. brunneum growing in grass.

Page 58: Whole page titled "Pine Bolete". Species described is a Slippery Jack. "Pine Bolete" is a completely different species (Boletus pinophilus), only distantly related, and appearing in this book on page 16, where it is misidentified as Boletus edulis.

Page 66: Worst picture in existence of a field mushroom. Is it a field mushroom? Is it a mushroom...?
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Just as expected, book is ideal to take out into the field, fits in a large pocket, light weight, good pictures making identification easy.
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I've always wanted to try collecting and eating wild mushrooms but without the time and money to go on a proper course, I thought I'd always be limited to the common field mushroom. For a start, I was convinced that many, if not most, mushrooms were poisonous. This book dispelled that myth, and opened by eyes to the huge variety of edible mushrooms that can be found almost all year round. The best bit is the way it is divided into habitats; instantly it becomes so much easier to identify what species you've found, or to know the right spots to go looking. It's well-illustrated with lots of photos which again makes the job of identification easier. It's the right size to fit into a (large) pocket and with a waterproof cover, it's easy to take along on field trips or forays. I've only had the book a few days and I, or rather my children with their eagle-eyes, have already found (and eaten) some delicious chanterelles growing alongside a nearby stream. This is an inspiring book, and should perhaps, come with a warning, 'mushroom-hunting can be highly addictive..'
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Wel. I have many many mushroom books i take as much pleasure in finding a new book as i do in finding a new patch of mushrooms, and untill i recieved this book the one i always recommend was john wrights mushroom book,when ever i get asked to recommend to get started , but now this will become my new recommendation due to the fact it is set in a way that teaches you were to look and how to look as well as flavour and preserving guide, the later being hard info to come by at times.

All i have to say is u MUST AND I MEAN MUST have this in your collection
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small in size to fit into your pocket but full of information that even a novice will be able to go out and collect breakfast or make a fantastic soup.
My first forage gave me a nice plastic tub of penny buns that were just delicious. me next outing on a camp site had me cooking up bacon and field mushrooms buns for all my friends.
certainly recommended to everyone. Big plus is the plastic cover that proves a lot of knowledge went into the design of the book because a simple paperback will get soggy and muddy from contact with your hands or even muddy
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