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Mushrooms: A comprehensive guide to mushroom identification

Mushrooms: A comprehensive guide to mushroom identification [Kindle Edition]

Roger Phillips
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'A long-awaited update to a popular identification guide...this
new edition is most welcome. This is a fine book'
-- The Garden

'Classy book...An unsurpassed reference guide.' -- Jackie Foottit Hull Daily Mail Jackie Foottit, Hull Daily Mail

'Comprehensive guide to the fungi of Britain... Just in time for
the mushroom season.' -- Gardens Illustrated

'This is the ideal book for any enthusiast who wants to know more' -- Daily Mail

'To call it the mushroomers' bible is to understate the reverence
enthusiasts have for it...' -- The London Review of Books

'sets the benchmark for works of mushroom identification...the
essential encyclopedia for mushroom hunters and anyone interested in the
subject.’ -- Country Smallholding

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A beautiful and comprehensive guide to mushroom identification.

Unsurpassed in both illustrative and descriptive detail, Mushrooms contains over 1,250 photographs, often showing the specimens in various stages of growth, and including all the latest botanical and common names as well as current ecological information on endangered species. Having sold more than 750,000 copies in Europe of his previous title on mushrooms, Roger Phillips' new book once again sets the benchmark. Quite simply, nobody with an interest in the subject can afford to be without this book.

The culmination of over thirty years' work, this authoritative and superbly illustrated reference work is packed with the most up-to-date information and original photographs. Set to become the essential illustrated mycological encyclopedia for the next 25 years, this book is also clear, user friendly and will appeal to a wide range of readers.

'Roger Phillips has written the best mushroom book I know: the sublime taxonomic accuracy of his descriptions and photographs, combined with an evangelical and infectious passion for the subject, will make an instant mycophile of anyone who picks it up.' Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

'A masterpiece of identification.' David Bellamy

About the Author

In 1975 Roger Phillips began his life’s major work of photographing and publishing pictures of the world’s garden plants. He set out to develop an encyclopedic collection of books to show the difference between plants as diverse as mosses, roses and annuals.

His first book, Wild Flowers of Britain (1977), was a huge success, selling 400,000 copies in the first year. He has since written 20 additional volumes (often with his co-author Martyn Rix) selling over 6 million copies worldwide. His latest book is Mushrooms.

Roger has written and presented two major six-part TV series on gardening (BBC and Channel 4). Famed for his ebullient personality and garish red glasses, he has become a well-recognised figure in the world of gardening.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 37256 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Unabridged edition (6 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F0KT89O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #90,470 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Buy Yet 16 Oct 2007
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For someone who appreciates flora and fauna AND good books - This is a fantastic buy. As a relative beginner to the world of fungi, this book ticks all the boxes for a reference book (so probably a bit big for the field). There are loads of information (basic and advanced) on each fungus and of particular interest to me: The common name of most of the fungi is included. Our fungi have been named with elaborate and humorous names which I find easier to remember than the Latin name. I mainly have a culinary interest in mushrooms and this has great notes on edibility and the fact that you need to know which ones CAN'T be eaten, so congratulations on a truly great piece of work.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you only buy one field ID book, get this one. 21 Oct 2008
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Like many people, the original edition of this book was my first field ID book on fungi. Being so familiar with it's structure, it is really easy for me to locate something I've found in Roger Phillips' book. The simple key at the beginning usually gets you straight to the right section of the book to identify your mushroom. Happily for me, the structure of the original is preserved in this new edition.

As I have progressed with my mycophilia over the years I have acquired most of the readily available field guides on the market. This is the inevitable curse of the mushroom hunter. There are always a number of species covered in each new guide that do not appear in the others. I am always seeking the one perfect field guide. The truth is, you often need to check a particular specimen in several, but I always come back to the Phillips.

The key to this book's success must be the consistently high quality of the photographs. He is a fantastic photographer and despite (or perhaps because of)his insistence on removing the specimens to a studio, these images capture accurately the essential details of each species. Compare the perhaps more erudite Encyclopedia by M. Jordan, where each example is photographed in situ; I find I am often hardly able to recognise the fungus in front of me from the image captured in the shifting natural light of Jordan's less adept photography. Phillips maintains his attention to quality images in this new edition, with many new entries to the guide.

Hats off to this most excellent of mushroom books and its author.

P.S. If there is one perfect book on fungi ID, relevant to the UK, then J.Breitenbach and F.Kranzlin "Fungi of Switzerland" would be the one. However, this is now in 6 weighty tomes at about £90 a volume. Not exactly a portable field guide then.
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124 of 129 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now the best guide available to British fungi 8 Sep 2006
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In the early 1980s, when Pan published Roger Phillips' pioneering Mushrooms and Other Fungi of Great Britain and Europe I immediately purchased a copy for identifying British fungi. At the time it was revolutionary in the use of photographs that allowed the author to depict mushrooms much more accurately than the paintings of earlier guides. Until recently, it was still one of the top field guides to this region (also check Courtecuisse & Duhem, and Jordan). I still use this volume a lot for identifying American fungi, both in the tropics and northward. Although I have over 200 field guides of different sorts on my shelves, this remains one of my all time favourites.

This current book, Mushrooms, supersedes the older Phillips guide - although I will not be parting with mine. It follows the format of the original book quite closely, but is now slightly smaller to make it more of a field guide - about the same size as Skinner's Colour Identification Guide to Moths of the British Isles and, although still won't fit into a pocket, it is much more manageable than the older A4-sized book. There are 1,250 photographs, all of the excellent quality one associates with the author. Some 200 extra species are treated.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not a field guide 16 Oct 2008
As the other reviewers have said this is a very good book. It has very good photos and descriptions for virtually everything you'll come across in the UK. But it is too big to fit in your pocket (I put it in my rucksack), and it lacks a key for aiding identification. It is a brilliant book nonetheless, I'm just waiting for a decent pocket sized book with key, so I can leave this one at home to bring samples back to when I can't quite work out what something is. Until then this is one of the best books for those who are serious about identifying mushrooms, for fun, for eating, or for recording species.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the original 4 Dec 2011
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For anyone contemplating this book, I'd shell out for a second-hand copy of Phillips' original:

Mushrooms and Other Fungi of Great Britain and Europe (A Pan original) (Or at least buy it in addition.)

The original book is vastly superior for the following reasons:

1. The 'visual key' to the main families. In the original this spans a double-page spread and therefore gives an idea of their appearance and dimensions relative to one another. This is entirely lost in the updated version.

2. The quality of photography. The differences between species can be so subtle, you really need accurate photography to make a judgement. Considering when the original book was first printed (1981) it must have been an enormously expensive undertaking using conventional photography and reprographics. The detail of the original photographs is exquisite, the colours are realistic, and moreover consistent throughout the book.

Some pictures in the updated edition have been re-shot digitally, and all have been compressed to reformat them into the updated (smaller) page size. A big mistake, in my view. Firstly for the loss of fine detail in compression, but also the way that digital photography renders colour compared with film.

The updated book has wide variations in colour rendering throughout. Rather tricky for the novice to compare species photographed using different techniques... I think Phillips should have re-shot all pictures at the new size and for consistency of colourisation, but he didn't.

Editing and referencing in the 'updated' version is sloppy too - some text refers to the wrong picture (and species) entirely.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference book
Really interesting book, packed full of information, with a variety of images that are clear and well taken. Perfect as a reference book or just for flicking through. Read more
Published 17 days ago by WoodPixie
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive but not user-friendly
Roger Phillips heralded place as "a leading mycologist" is sometimes called into question by occasional lapses in the terminology, flexibility, and the precision of his... Read more
Published 2 months ago by cameron
5.0 out of 5 stars So good I bought two!
Having had Roger Philips original ,larger volume for many years - now out of print, I believe and brings in enormous prices second hand - I decided to go for this new alternative... Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mushroom Bible
Lovely book which kept me safe for years whilst picking.
Only once was I led astray by a picture that i swore was an edible Russula, if I remember correctly, the Charcoal... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gamla
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy
Bigger book than expected pictures are really clear.
Very happy with the recommendation from a friend will enjoy mushroom searching
Published 5 months ago by Emma Webdale
5.0 out of 5 stars invaluable classic guide
Great update on the original and making the pictures a little smaller in this edition actually makes them clearer than in the original. Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. J. Cowley
5.0 out of 5 stars Who knew that!
Brilliant book for my son in law who loves taking photos of mushrooms whilst out in the countryside walking the dog. Now he can see which mushroom etc. Great service.
Published 6 months ago by A. F. Bairstow
5.0 out of 5 stars No much room left for doubt with this book
Great pictures and text, will be a real boon when out field walking.
Now bring on the mushroom season for 2014.
Published 6 months ago by J Eustace
5.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend
The best mushroom book we've got , good clear information, for beginners or for those with more was a christmas present and I was very pleased with it ,
Published 6 months ago by Michaela Moncaster
5.0 out of 5 stars Roger Phillips Mushrooms
I think this book is excellent and well set out. Pictures of fungi can be misleading at times and it always pays to ask an expert if you want to confirm your identifications. Read more
Published 6 months ago by gavinglasgow
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