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Collins Nature Guide - Mushrooms and Toadstools of Britain and Europe
Collins Nature Guide - Mushrooms and Toadstools of Britain and Europe
by Edmund Garnweidner
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DANGEROUS BOOK, 23 Sep 2013
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


101 Uses for Stinging Nettles
101 Uses for Stinging Nettles
by Piers Warren
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.77

23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Inaccurate and light on knowledge, 13 July 2009
I was excited when I saw this book title...a whole book about one of my favourite plants. Sadly, I was disappointed when I read it. The depth of knowledge presented is too light to be of much use. It would be impossible to recreate many of the uses of nettles using this book as a guide, and some of the stinging nettle illustrations are actually pictures of a completely different plant!
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