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Fungi Field Guides and other Recommended Reading

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General Field Guides

David Arora, Mushrooms Demystified


Alan Bessette and Orson Miller, Mushrooms of North America in Color: A Field Guide Companion to Seldom-Illustrated Fungi 


Alan Bessette et al., Mushrooms of North America in Color: A Field Guide Companion to Seldom-Illustrated Fungi


David W. Fischer and Alan Bessette, Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America: A Field-to-Kitchen Guide


Michael Kuo, 100 Edible Mushrooms


Gary Lincoff, National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms

Gary Lincoff, The Complete Mushroom Hunter: An Illustrated Guide to Finding, Harvesting, and Enjoying Wild Mushrooms

Kent H. McKnight and Vera B. McKnight, A Field Guide to Mushrooms: North America


Orson K. Miller and Hope H. Miller, North American Mushrooms: A Field Guide To Edible And Inedible Fungi  

Roger Phillips, Mushrooms and Other Fungi of North America                              


Alexander H. Smith and Nancy Smith Weber, The Mushroom Hunter's Field Guide 


Field Guides to Specific Regions

Joe Ammirati and Steve Trudell, Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest


George Barron, Mushrooms of Northeast North America: Midwest to New England


Timothy Baroni, Mushrooms of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada

Alan E. Bessette, Arlene R. Bessette, David W. Fischer, Mushrooms of Northeastern North America

Denise Binion et al., Macro Fungi Associated with Oaks of Eastern North America

Vera Stucky Evenson, Mushrooms of the Rocky Mountain Region


Joe McFarland and Gregory Mueller, Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois and Surrounding States: A Field-to-Kitchen Guide (Field-To-Kitchen Guides)

C.H. Kauffman, The Gilled Mushrooms of Michigan Volumes I, II 

Michael Kuo and Andrew S. Methven, Mushrooms of the Midwest

Teresa Marrone and Walt Sturgeon, A Simple Guide to Common Mushrooms: Mushrooms of the Northeast

William C. Roody, Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians   

Bill Russell, Field Guide to Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic


Noah Siegel and Christian Schwarz, Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast: A Comprehensive Guide to the Fungi of Coastal Northern California


David L. Spahr, Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada


Field Guides to Specific Groups of Fungi                                  

Alan Bessette, Dianna Smith, Arleen Bessette, Polypores and Similar Fungi of Eastern and Central North America


Alan Bessette and William Roody, North American Boletes: A Color Guide to the Fleshy Pored Mushrooms

Alan Bessette, William Roody and Arleen Bessette, Boletes of Eastern North America


Alan Bessette, et al., Tricholomas of North America: A Mushroom Field Guide

Alan Bessette, David Harris and Arleen Bessette, Milk Mushrooms of North America: A Field Identification Guide to the Genus Lactarius

Alan Bessette, Waxcap Mushrooms of Eastern North America

Michael Beug and Alan Bessette, Ascomycete Fungi of North America: A Mushroom Reference Guide

L. R. Hesler and A. Smith, North American Species of Lactarius


Michael Kuo, Morels 

Greg Marley, Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares: The Love, Lore, and Mystique of Mushrooms

Olle Person, The Chanterelle Book 

Matt Trappe and Frank Evans, Field Guide to North American Truffles: Hunting, Identifying, and Enjoying the World's Most Prized Fungi


Online Reprints of Classics at

L. R. Hesler and A. Smith, North American Species of Crepidotus


Alexander Smith and Nancy Smith Weber, North American Species of Pholiota

Medicinal Fungi

Christopher Hobbs, Medicinal Mushrooms: An Exploration of Tradition, Healing, & Culture

David L. Spahr, Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada 

Paul Stamets, Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World


Mushroom Photography
Taylor Lockwood, 
Treasures from the Kingdom of Fungi: Featuring Photographs of Mushrooms and Other Fungi from Around the World 


Taylor Lockwood, Chasing the Rain: My Treasure Hunt for the World's Most Beautiful Mushrooms

Other Good Reading
Eugenia Bone, 
Mycophilia: Revelations from the Weird World of Mushrooms

Langdon Cook, The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America

Gary Emberger's website: Fungi Growing on Wood


Bryce Kendrick, The Fifth Kingdom


Gary Lincoff, The Joy of Foraging: Gary Lincoff's Illustrated Guide to Finding, Harvesting, and Enjoying a World of Wild Food

Merlin Sheldrake, Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures 


Steven L. Stephenson & Henry Stempen, Myxomycetes: A Handbook of Slime Molds


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