Field Guide To Mushrooms And Other Fungi Of Britain And Europe Paperback – 1 Apr 2006
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However, so many of the mushrooms I've found while out and about haven't been in the book. It seems to include very rare fungi but not ones which seem to be very common in this country! So now I'm going to have to invest in a new one. Great book if you want to read about mushrooms but not very good if you actually want to identify them.
It has a number of nice features - photos are good, it has a useful visual calendar of when the mushroom might be found, and when it refers to a defining feature that is illustrated, there is a number in the text that refers to a numbered pointer on the picture which makes it very clear what is being referred to.
This is not a book for those just getting started, and I would always rely on a comprehensive guide like Roger Phillip's Mushrooms back at home. But it's a handy text to have in your mushroom book portfolio.
I've got 8 fungi books in total, including the Phillips one etc, and I can say that this is my favorite book to take out hunting.
No single book is good enough to trust your life to in my opinion, and so I would encourage you to buy as many books as possible for cross referencing, and also check the internet.
But anyway, back to the book.
The book fits easily into an inside jacket pocket, trouser side pocket, handbag, etc. And the book has a plastic cover to give some protection against the elements / ground. Thus it fills the criteria of being a field guide. The book is ordered by mushroom type, so you quickly learn that all the Boletus, Leccinum, and Suillus are at the front of the book, all the brackets are at the back etc.
Each page in the book is dedicated to one mushroom, and the main identifying features are explained in text as well as with pictures. The mushroom features are numbered so you can go through and check for each feature in a systematic manner. Each mushroom also has a "typical features" sentence which succintly states the most prominent way that mushroom is different from others, which is also useful.
Each mushroom also has a section on "similar species" so you know what to look out for.
I saw that another reviewer gave it a bad mark, because it didn't have False Deathcap (Amanita Citrina) in it. Well OK, but just pickup pretty much any other field guide and you'll find similar omissions. This is inevitable for a field guide since there are so many different types of Fungi out there. It's always going to be a compromise for the editors to know what to include. I'll just say that from my experiences foraging that almost all of the mushrooms you'll find in abundance in the UK, are in this book.
The layout, descriptions, photos and illustrations are good but it needs to have more mushroom species to be really useful.
It also clearly highlights the similar mushrooms, when you see how similar some poisonous and edible are, it might make you leave them alone.
Also what it doesn't do for better or worse, is be obsessed with spore colour, when you are out in the woods you can't do a spore print.
Another worry is the different views on edibility. The very edible Wood mushroom from River Cottage is highly carcinogenic in this book
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Exactly what I needed, a truly comprehensive guide, amazing detail....
PS you still need to know what you're looking for ;-)
A very informative book for any one interested in fungi or mushrooms very detailed information on wether they edible or toxicPublished 22 months ago by david bellamy
I really like this book. It is slim enough to carry in your pocket and whilst its not a complete bible it does have enough of the good and bad to get you safely through the day. Read morePublished on 21 Feb. 2014 by Oblique Raven
This is an excellent reference book for woodland walkers and field ramblers - 5 stars for textual brevity, photographic clarity and user friendlinessPublished on 22 Jan. 2014 by Beverley Humphreys
have know idea what the person i gave the book to is doing with it now,has moved on and has got other books on fungiPublished on 26 Dec. 2013 by John Bugden