How to Forage for Mushrooms Without Dying: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Identifying 29 Wild, Edible Mushrooms

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With the surging interest in foraging for mushrooms, those new to the art need a reliable guide to distinguishing the safe fungi from the toxic. But for beginner foragers who just want to answer the question "Can I eat it?", most of the books on the subject are dry, dense, and written by mycologists for other mycologists.


Frank Hyman to the rescue! How to Forage for Mushrooms without Dying is the book for anyone who walks in the woods and would like to learn how to identify just the 29 edible mushrooms they're likely to come across. In it, Hyman offers his expert mushroom foraging advice, distilling down the most important information for the reader in colorful, folksy language that's easy to remember when in the field. Want an easy way to determine if a mushroom is a delicious morel or a toxic false morel? Slice it in half - "if it's hollow, you can swallow," Hyman says. With Frank Hyman's expert advice and easy-to-follow guidelines, readers will be confident in identifying which mushrooms they can safely eat and which ones they should definitely avoid.

Table of Contents:

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CHAPTER 1: What the Heck are Mushrooms, Anyway?
CHAPTER 2: Safe & Responsible Foraging
CHAPTER 3: Money Doesn't Grow on Trees, But Gourmet Mushrooms Do
  • Mushrooms without Gills that Grow on Trees
  • Mushrooms with Gills that Grow on Trees
CHAPTER 4: The Fungal Fleet at Your Feet
  • Mushrooms without Gills that Grow on the Ground
  • Mushrooms with Gills that Grow on the Ground
  • Steer Clear of these Sickeners
CHAPTER 5: Getting All Tooled Up
CHAPTER 6: Cooking & Preserving Mushrooms
CHAPTER 7: Growing as a Mushroom Hunter


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Frank Hyman is a certified mushroom forager who teaches mushroom identification to chefs, arborists, organic farmers, and the general public. His writing on foraging has appeared in Forbes, Paleo Magazine, and Hobby Farms. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Storey Publishing/Workman

Pub Date: October 5, 2021

0.6" H x 6.9" L x 5.5" W 

256 pages