Novices eager to collect tasty wild mushrooms will find this unique guide invaluable. Unlike others, it focuses only on those types that are both safe to eat and delicious. Most important, it presents the eight rules of mushroom gathering in a straightforward fashion, which include
Never, never take a mushroom with gills and
If a mushroom smells rotten, it is rotten.
Among the many mushrooms covered are the larch, bay, and birch boletes; hen of the woods, chanterelle, trumpet chanterelle, hedgehog fungus, common puffball, horn of plenty, and cauliflower mushroom. Each is identified with several color photographs and an identification checklist. There is also information on mushroom seasons, handling, storage, and cooking, complete with recipes.