While some general foraging books include this topic, they can be fairly limited in the depth that they go into. If you want to go into more detail, we recommend this list of fungi / mushroom books is for you.
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Mushrooms – John Wright
John Wright explains the ins and outs of collecting, including relevant UK laws, conservation notes, practical tips and identification techniques. He takes us through the species we are most likely to come across in Britain’s forests and clearings - edible and poisonous types. The handbook is completed with simple and delicious mushroom recipes from the River Cottage team. With colour photographs throughout, line drawings, a user-friendly Key and an introduction by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, The River Cottage Mushroom Handbook is a comprehensive and collectable guide, destined to be an indispensable household reference.
Mushrooms – Roger Phillips
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. 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. '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
Mushrooms – Peter Marren
This is not your regular mushroom book. It is NOT a field guide to help with identifying the good guys from the bad guys. It is a lot broader and provides a remarkable insight into the natural and human world of fungi. It is a refreshingly candid view of the diversity of fungi and our relationship with this intriguing group. It explores topics such as the naming of fungi, their importance in natural ecosystems, fungus forays and our ambivalent attitude to edible fungi, as well as recent efforts to record and conserve vulnerable species.
•A fungal autobiography
•Meet the mushrooms
•What’s in a name?
•Mushrooms on parade
•What mushroom is that?
•In our midst: our fungal neighbours
•Earthtongues, waxcaps and hedgehogs
•Scarcity and plenty
•Forays amongst the funguses
•The good, the bad and the crazy
•Picking for the pot
According to a review in The independent it is “The greatest book about mushrooms you’ll ever read”.
Entangled Life : How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures – Merlin Sheldrake
*THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER*
'A dazzling, vibrant, vision-changing book. I ended it wonderstruck at the fungal world. A remarkable work by a remarkable writer' Robert Macfarlane
The more we learn about fungi, the less makes sense without them.
Neither plant nor animal, they are found throughout the earth, the air and our bodies. They can be microscopic, yet also account for the largest organisms ever recorded. They enabled the first life on land, can survive unprotected in space and thrive amidst nuclear radiation. In fact, nearly all life relies in some way on fungi.
These endlessly surprising organisms have no brain but can solve problems and manipulate animal behaviour with devastating precision. In giving us bread, alcohol and life-saving medicines, fungi have shaped human history, and their psychedelic properties have recently been shown to alleviate a number of mental illnesses. Their ability to digest plastic, explosives, pesticides and crude oil is being harnessed in break-through technologies, and the discovery that they connect plants in underground networks, the 'Wood Wide Web', is transforming the way we understand ecosystems. Yet over ninety percent of their species remain undocumented.
Entangled Life is a mind-altering journey into a spectacular and neglected world, and shows that fungi provide a key to understanding both the planet on which we live, and life itself.
'Reads like an adventure story ... wondrous ... beguilingly weaves together lived experience and scientific research' Sunday Times
'An astonishing book that could alter our perceptions of fungi for ever. It seems somehow to tip the natural world upside down' Observer
'Dazzling ... reveals a world that's both more extraordinary and more delicate than could be imagined' Daily Mail
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