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Mushrooms,Toadstools and Fungi Books

There are many books which help with identification of wild mushrooms and toadstools. We illustrate a few here.




Roger Phillips

"Unsurpassed in both illustrative and descriptive detail" ....

Mushrooms contains over 1250 detailed photographs, the culmination of over thirty year's work - clear and user-friendly, making it the essential illustrated encyclopedia for both experienced mushroom hunters and those with a new interest in the subject. ...nobody with an interest in the subject can afford to be without this book...

"A masterpiece of identification" .. David Bellamy

One of the most unusual collections of Beatrix Potter's art is held by a small trust in the English Lake District.

Paintings she donated to the Armitt Library in Ambleside date from a period before she became famous for her children's books.
Beatrix Potter, A Victorian Naturalist
Studies of fossils, archaeological finds, mosses, lichens, microscope drawings and, most importantly, the exceptionally fine fungus paintings comprise a remarkable body of scientific illustration.

Her botanical drawings have been described as 'portraits with personality' - truly works of art.

A Victorian Naturalist:
Beatrix Potter's Drawings from the Armitt Collection


Eileen Jay, Mary Noble, Anne Stevenson Hobbs


River Cottage Handbook No. 1


John Wright
Introduced by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

A thoroughly practical guide to gathering, identifying and cooking Britain's best mushrooms. Seasonal, local, organic, wild - the first in a River Cottage series of essential books about food and the great outdoors.

Easy to read and gives clear information on the differences between edible and non-edible species that might seem to have similar characteristics.This would make an excellent present for anyone keen to learn how to identify some of the more commonly found edible mushrooms.

Food for Free


Richard Mabey

A Collins Natural History guide to edible plants, berries, mushrooms, seaweed and shellfish.

Advice on gathering and picking, plus fascinating recipes for eating and preserving your harvest.

This is a new edition published in April 2007

This illustrated guide to mushrooms and toadstools enables quick and easy identification of 240 species found in Britain and Europe.

The text includes information about distribution, habitat, season, size, stem and gills, whether it is poisonous or edible and any associated folklore.

Mushrooms & Toadstools
of Britain

A Collins Wild Guide
by Brian Spooner

How to Identify
Edible Mushrooms

by Robert Gillmor, Nicholas Hammond, Patrick Harding,
Tony Lyon, Gill Tomblin

With the growing popularity of mushroom collecting and organised fungi forays, this book is an excellent companion for all amateurs in the field.

Things are not always what they seem and great care must be taken to identify correctly all specimens before eating.
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