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Simply the best and most complete mushroom field guide and reference book, MUSHROOMS DEMYSTIFIED includes descriptions and keys to more than 2,000 species of mushrooms, with more than 950 photographs. Mushroom authority David Arora provides a beginner''s checklist of the 70 most distinctive and common mushrooms, plus detailed chapters on terminology, classification, habitats, mushroom cookery, mushroom toxins, and the meanings of scientific mushroom names. Beginning and experienced mushroom hunters everywhere will find MUSHROOMS DEMYSTIFIED a delightful, informative, and indispensible companion.

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This is the be-all and end-all of mushroom books! Truly an encyclopedia of mushroom facts and lore, lavishly illustrated with full-color photographs, literally everything you need to know about mushrooms, edible or not. Arora has taught mycology for close to twenty years and has hunted and photographed mushrooms across the North American continent. Threaded through the book are his wry and humorous observations and comments, making what could have been a rather dull, "just-the-facts, ma''am" reference book into a really enjoyable read. The stunning photographs of the incredible variety of fungi are fascinating and eye-opening, and while the author gives clear and factual information, the mysterious allure of mushrooms in their countless shapes, sizes and colors is only increased by this huge and delightful book. -- Mark Hetts

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An exceptional book . . . a must for intermediate and advanced mushroom collectors and those with wide horizons.- Cottage Life

About the Author

David Arora is an American naturalist, writer, and a biologist who specializes in the study of fungi. The author of two popular books on the identification of wild fungi— Mushrooms Demystified and  All That the Rain Promises and More—Arora has also written about conservation issues relating to recreational and commercial mushroom cultivation.

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Jacues Francois
2.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Not great for the Pacific Northwest: it''s Black & White and Outdated
Reviewed in the United States on April 12, 2017
This book will sort of teach you how to read a key, but there are online resources that are much better. For example, in the Pacific Northwest where I live, there are two very good region-specific keys which can be found online: The Svims Pacific Northwest Key... See more
This book will sort of teach you how to read a key, but there are online resources that are much better. For example, in the Pacific Northwest where I live, there are two very good region-specific keys which can be found online:

The Svims Pacific Northwest Key Council and the Alpental Pictorial Key. Both can be found on google. The reason region-specific keys are better is because you won''t ever find 90% of the mushrooms in this or any book when you are out foraging. Furthermore, in my area, the region specific keys are very good, in color, and they''ll help you get better at identifying the specific families. I''d pass on this book, sadly.

I would, however, recommend All That the Rain Promises and More: A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms as a great field guide to carry around with you. Again, a lot of things you find will not be in there, but it''s all in color, it''s concise, and it emphasizes what you need to know to identify specific families.
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This is a book for those who already have a lot of time invested in the scientific study of fungi and are able to decipher the 1000+ pages on the matter (albeit there is a fair amount of humor weaved within the mushroom descriptions that makes reading each passage more of an enjoyment than a task)
Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2017
This is an incredibly extensive guide to mushrooms, which would serve the well-trained mycologist quite well. For a novice or even competent mushroom forager, this guidebook will likely be too frustrating and confusing to reference with trust. Most of the photos (except... See more
This is an incredibly extensive guide to mushrooms, which would serve the well-trained mycologist quite well. For a novice or even competent mushroom forager, this guidebook will likely be too frustrating and confusing to reference with trust. Most of the photos (except for a small section) are in black-and-white and of tolerable resolution, meaning that no photo can be truly helpful in determining the type of mushroom you have found. All the names in in scientific Latin form, which is professional...but near impossible to memorize for the reader without serious time dedication. This is a book for those who already have a lot of time invested in the scientific study of fungi and are able to decipher the 1000+ pages on the matter (albeit there is a fair amount of humor weaved within the mushroom descriptions that makes reading each passage more of an enjoyment than a task).
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JBR
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Focused on West Coast Mushrooms.
Reviewed in the United States on July 2, 2020
This is a great book with the best taxonomic key sequence that I have found yet. I typically cross reference 3 different sources to make my best attempt at a good / positive identification for a mushroom. As a biologist, I learned how to use these types of keys in... See more
This is a great book with the best taxonomic key sequence that I have found yet. I typically cross reference 3 different sources to make my best attempt at a good / positive identification for a mushroom. As a biologist, I learned how to use these types of keys in college. An important lesson learned from one college professor was that most students (we are all students if we are trying to learn something) suffer from "Confirmitis". His meaning was that most people will take the word of someone (who may or may not know what they are talking about) rather than do the work required to learn what identification features are and then have the confidence to properly use that knowledge. This book does a great job in describing the identification features and then providing a clear cut sequence of choices based on those features to lead you to the identification of that mushroom. Then a written description of that fungus is given for that group of mushrooms that have been just identified. The only issue that I have is that I live in the South East and this book has a strong focus of mushroom occurring in the West. My 4 star rating is not a fault of the author, but is just an indication of the books bias to the western US area and the lack equally detailed information on mushrooms found in the South East. I wish that there was a book of this quality for the South East. I just have not found it. If you live in the Rockies or west of them, this will probably be the best book you can find and should be in your library. That said, it is a great book and is one of my 3 go to books for identifying mushrooms.
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Spunky 1
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A must have!
Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2017
This is amazing book. Don''t wanna call it "the bible of shroom world" as some people may get offended, but that would be the best description. I wish it was the hardcover, but I will laminate the cover pages to last longer. After reviewing 7 books form the library... See more
This is amazing book. Don''t wanna call it "the bible of shroom world" as some people may get offended, but that would be the best description. I wish it was the hardcover, but I will laminate the cover pages to last longer. After reviewing 7 books form the library and reviews on Amazon, I knew this would be a great book as many authors cite it (include Michael K on internet). It has a great description of mushrooms in N America, and if people say it does not have enough coloured photos, I say use more than one book as a (cross)reference. I usually use 5-9 before eating mushrooms we collect in wild. The book is very well written and in a humorous way, so it''s not a dry boring material. What a great addition to my growing collection!! Thank you all who wrote great reviews which made it easier for me to pick it too!
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Arak
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Still has a California slant
Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2018
The preface notes that the first edition was for California, and the second is more comprehensive. While that is true, I found constant references to "in our area" (i.e. California) in "habitat" sections for various species. Maybe instead of "habitat" the section should... See more
The preface notes that the first edition was for California, and the second is more comprehensive. While that is true, I found constant references to "in our area" (i.e. California) in "habitat" sections for various species. Maybe instead of "habitat" the section should have been titled "habitat and range" with the US divided into 5 sections and a brief indicator of the likelihood of finding the species in any of these areas. At any rate, the bias toward California distinctly remains. I''m not saying the book isn''t something a mushroom hunter who doesn''t live in California shouldn''t have, but you''ll probably want to find some mushroom hunting books with a slant toward your own region, especially if you''re just starting out. Probably state mycological societies would provide some good material
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StoneyTop Contributor: Camping
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>>> AN ENCYLOPEDIA OF THE MACROFUNGI OF NORTH AMERICA
Reviewed in the United States on December 7, 2020
> "Mushrooms Demystified" is a virtual encyclopedia of the macrofungi of North America with descriptions of over 2000 species, with probably 5000 species mentioned in the keys. Because of the extensive coverage, the many keys are actually useful (unlike the keys in most... See more
> "Mushrooms Demystified" is a virtual encyclopedia of the macrofungi of North America with descriptions of over 2000 species, with probably 5000 species mentioned in the keys. Because of the extensive coverage, the many keys are actually useful (unlike the keys in most guidebooks). Many (perhaps most) species with full entries, do not have accompanying photos. For the species with photos, most of the photos are black and white. The black and white photos are printed in low contrast on matte, un-bright paper, so the black and white photos do not show the detail they could. The relatively small collection of 217 color photos (in the middle of the book) are high quality, but are mostly Pacific coast species.
> MD is correspondingly is relatively weak on tropical or subtropical macrofungi (albeit contains more actual information about such species than many “southern” oriented guidebooks). Unfortunately, MD is dated (the first edition was published in 1979). Therefore many names have been changed, lumped, and/or split, and new genera (and higher taxa) have been created.
> The descriptions of species use mycological terminology, but not hyper-condensed and obscure jargon — that is, the terminology is usually readily comprehensible. MD includes much supporting material, such as descriptions of genera and higher taxa. MD includes extensive comparative notes about related and/or similar species, as well as very useful hints about how to separate similar taxa. DM also includes diagrams of mushroom components and a short glossary.
> MD is not ideal when “browsing” for species which look like your mushroom. It is most useful as a reference to confirm a preliminary identification.
> “Mushrooms Demystified” is an apt title — now, if only someone can bring it up-to-date, extend the coverage southward and eastward, and add more color photos — Well, I can dream.
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Mikhail
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Can not give less than 5 stars
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2021
Yeah, California slant. Most of these fungi are found all over North America and Europe. If you are somewhere else, go somewhere else to find an excellent, comprehensive illustrated and extremely (scientifically) accurate compendium. Sure not every mushroom in the world... See more
Yeah, California slant. Most of these fungi are found all over North America and Europe. If you are somewhere else, go somewhere else to find an excellent, comprehensive illustrated and extremely (scientifically) accurate compendium. Sure not every mushroom in the world is in the book, it would wigh a ton. At over 950 pages of small print, black and white and full color pages, wll written and not completely dry. The lay person does not need this, the hobbyist who is obsessive and the scientific minded people will adore this. I already have coffee table fungus photography - I want details, Genus, phyllum, species where to find - tree and geographical locations and special considerations like bruising and intimate microclimatical data. Fabulous. Best and most complete guide if you are a "budding" mycologist or fungus fanatic. I could not stop reading. It took me two days and some highlighters. More info than a couple college courses, its an absolute bargain and pretty much a masterwork. I live in Alaska, we have massive mushrooms in size, quantity and variety. This book is gold.
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Michael J. Edelman
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The book to buy after you’ve learned all the common mushrooms
Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2021
I put off buying this book for some time, as I accumulated smaller and less expensive field guides that I could slip into a pocket or bag. Eventually, though, I realized that not every mushroom I found or photographed could be identified from those books. I ordered this... See more
I put off buying this book for some time, as I accumulated smaller and less expensive field guides that I could slip into a pocket or bag. Eventually, though, I realized that not every mushroom I found or photographed could be identified from those books. I ordered this book, and it arrived today- all 960 pages of it.

It’s a big book, and it’s mostly text, though it does have 217 color plates and somewhat more black and white photos of varying quality. But what makes this so valuable to the mushroom enthusiast is the text. Using identification keys similar to those used in various plant identification handbooks, Arora leads your through a game of twenty questions, identifying and narrowing down candidates by physical features. Is it gilled? How big is it? Where is it found? What color are the spores?

This is probably not the first, or even the second or third book the prospective mushroom hunter or photographer should buy. But once you’ve mastered the most common ones, and are starting to find mushrooms that don’t seem to appear in any of your guidebooks… it’s time to buy Mushrooms Demystified.
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Daniel Staniforth
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Hugely informative about North American mushrooms.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 21, 2015
Great book, less conversational than I had been led to believe, but hugely informative. North American focus.
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John Allen
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Excellent Condition
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 18, 2013
This book was in excellent condition considering it was a second hand library book . The reason I gave the whole deal 4 stars was because it took almost a month for the book to exit postal transitspace .
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Karin Struyk
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 4, 2017
amazing book!
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joshua
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Comprehensive reference.
Reviewed in Canada on November 13, 2019
This is a very comprehensive book on the different mushrooms of North America. More of a reference and not necessarily the type of book I would sit down and read cover to cover, but the information it contains makes it quite a necessary book to have for anyone serious about...See more
This is a very comprehensive book on the different mushrooms of North America. More of a reference and not necessarily the type of book I would sit down and read cover to cover, but the information it contains makes it quite a necessary book to have for anyone serious about learning more about the mushrooms they encounter. It was more than I expected and I am very happy with this purchase. This book couples very well with the field guide “All the Rain Promises and More”.
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Tom
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Bible of the Mushroom World
Reviewed in Canada on October 9, 2020
This is must have book if you are into mushrooms. For the size of the book, it seems it does not have enough photos. -But this is GOOD. You need to key in the mushroom by reading, then you can see it and cross reference with other books. If you go straight for the photo and...See more
This is must have book if you are into mushrooms. For the size of the book, it seems it does not have enough photos. -But this is GOOD. You need to key in the mushroom by reading, then you can see it and cross reference with other books. If you go straight for the photo and go from there you have greater chances of misidentifying what you are looking for. Keep that in mind. Its a bit counter intuitive but I think its the best way of identifying mushrooms.
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