Edible Fungi of Britain and Northern Europe : How to Identify, Collect and Prepare


Edible Fungi of Britain and Northern Europe : How to Identify, Collect and Prepare Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Princeton University Press View more from this series: WILDGuides Series
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Pages: 160 Illustrations and other contents: 429 color + 45 b/w illus. ISBN: 9780691245195 Category: Tag:

A richly illustrated guide to edible mushrooms by one of Europe’s leading fungi experts and co-author of Fungi of Temperate Europe

In this beautifully illustrated introductory guide, Jens Petersen shows how to successfully identify and forage for edible mushrooms, and then how to prepare them for the table to ensure a delicious culinary experience, even if you’re a first-time forager. Accessible and user-friendly, the book opens with a substantial introduction to fungi-what to look for, where to find them and how to collect and cook them. Other topics include edible and poisonous fungi, conserving mushrooms and other uses of fungi.

Edible Fungi of Britain and Northern Europe then covers the most common major groups, including morels, wood cauliflower, polypores, boletes, tooth fungi, chanterelles, horn of plenty, brittlegills, milkcaps, agarics, puffballs and jelly fungi. For many of these groups, notable subkinds are given their own treatment. With practice, the book will enable you to identify mushrooms such as yellow chanterelles, blueing boletes with orange tube mouths, green brittlegills and milkcaps with orange milk.

Featuring more than 400 stunning colour photographs and more than forty black-and-white illustrations, this book will enhance the experience of every mushroom forager and wild-table chef.

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"If learning about fungi and foraging in the wild is your thing, you won’t go wrong with this excellent book."---Lee Senior, Towpath Talk "Jens is well known for his beautiful photographs of fungi and every page here is a demonstration of his skill and artistry. . . . If you are thinking of venturing into the world of eating wild fungi then you could not pick a more informative and well illustrated guide."---Geoffrey Kibby, Field Mycology "Well laid out from start to finish and is a very easy read. Every page has excellent full colour illustrations to complement an informative text. It has the potential to become the forager's handbook - the only one you might ever need."---David M. Gascoigne, Travels With Birds "Nicely produced with many excellent colour photographs. It contains a comprehensive introduction, explaining what fungi are, habitats where they are found, how to collect and cook fungi, and legal aspects of collection."---Christopher J. McInerny, The Glasgow Naturalist ""Easily the best book on the market for identification of edible fungi in Britain and Northern Europe.""---Roy Stewart, British Naturalists Association

Author Biography

Jens H. Petersen is a mycologist, graphic designer and photographer. He taught mycology at Aarhus University in Denmark for more than twenty years and is the author of The Kingdom of Fungi and the coauthor of Fungi of Temperate Europe (both Princeton). Petersen cocreated the online identification tool MycoKey (www.mycokey.com).