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Mushrooms and Toadstools of Britain & Europe (Collins Nature Guides) Paperback – 2001


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers. (2001)
  • ISBN-10: 0261674064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0261674066
  • ASIN: B00857QD6K
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 748,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Vodka on 5 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
Collins Nature Guide - Mushrooms and Toadstools of Britain and Europe

While this book has nice photographs and good information, I think it worth pointing out the omission of the common mushroom 'psilocybe semilanceata' or liberty cap. For those who don't know, this is a magic mushroom and if picked is essentially a class A drug. I can only assume it's been deliberately left out on 'moral' grounds.

Why effectively censor a scientific book in this manner? Disappointing. Let's hope future editions treat their readers like adults.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John White on 23 Sept. 2013
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This book is dangerous. A small number of species are mis-labelled which will lead to confusion in identification and possible consequences if they are eaten. In addition the description for the blusher Amanita rubescens mentions that it is a good edible mushroom but omits to say that it must be par-boiled - the boiling water then discarded - before cooking. Failure to do may potentially cause haemolytic poisoning with symptoms similar to leukemia.

The photography and layout is excellent and user friendly though. Such a pity that these minor problems make the book a hazard for any new mushroom explorer. I advise on safety grounds that you do not buy this until it has been updated and revised.

Fred the Forager
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By abilitytodo on 9 Oct. 2010
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Very clearly set out fungi categories. Easy to find and clearly descriptive photographs. Fits a pocket while out walking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tim on 18 Oct. 2011
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yep its a nice book and i got it quick, pics were great and you can indet them easily and tell you it is safe to eat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. G. Haywood on 16 Nov. 2009
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Bought at same time as Collins' tree equivalent. Both helped plug a huge hole in my knowledge. Purchase based on already having, and liking, collins bird book. Good photos, good info, print a bit small for my elderly eyes but that's how it can be small enough to fit in your pocket.
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By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 16 Jan. 2012
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This book is a handy little one of good quality, but the writing is extremely small - even for those with spectacles. (you may well need to carry a magnifier!) The layout also leaves a lot to be desired; the photographs being in an erratic sort of layout on the opposite page referred to by their descriptions, and the number method used is are not easily noticed.

All in all a handy little book, but could have been better organised in my opinion.
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By Jenny Noraika on 7 April 2014
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I love all nature, so this book added to my growing collection of reference books, I love the format of all the Collins nature books.
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This is an excellent little book for those who are interested in mycology (The study of Fungi). The pictures and text are very clear and concise and this is a great book for those who just want to go out into the countryside and try and identify the diversity of fungi in their own area.
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