Mushrooming Without Fear by Alexander Schwab
For gourmands and nature lovers eager to collect tasty wild mushrooms, this practical and thorough guide is invaluable. Experienced mushroomer Alexander Schwab recommends focusing only on mushrooms that are both safe and delicious. Larn to recognize twelve key types and you are on the way to adding a special ingredient to your home-cooked meals. Schwab presents eight rules of mushroom gathering in a straightforward fashion, including "Never, never take a mushroom with gills" and "If a mushroom smells rotten, it is rotten." Among the delicious mushrooms he covers are: the cep; red cracked, larch, and bay boletes; chanterelle; hen of the woods; common puffball; and more. Each is identified with clear, crisp color photographs and has an identification checklist. There's also information on mushroom seasons, handling, storage, and cooking.