Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Eat them before they multiply

This is an English translation of the first volume of Mossberg-Nilsson-Persson's classical field guide to mushrooms a/k/a larger fungi. The original is, of course, Swedish. Mossberg is otherwise best known as an accomplished illustrator of field guides to flowery plants. His latest work was published just a few years ago. Field guides to mushrooms get dated pretty quickly, due to new information on which species are unfit for consumption or even poisonous, so if you buy this one, do it for artistic purposes only! The first volume covers all mushrooms which aren't gill mushrooms, such as false morels, coral fungi, boletes and chanterelles. Yes, the edibility or otherwise of the “false morel” is constantly being debated around here… If in doubt, just take a pizza!

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