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Main Content

Mushrooms Demystified by David Arora
A great mushroom ID guide - While this book is most specific to one corner of California, it still does a great job of covering mushrooms everywhere in North America. The keys are very good, and there is a long description of each species. Unlike most identification keys, this one is actually fun to read. The only area we find this book lacking is there is no coverage of the potential medicinal uses of any of the mushrooms.

Mushrooms of Northeast North America: Midwest to New England by George Barron
Our favorite field guide-sized field guide. The photos are beautiful and do a great job of showing each species in its natural habitat. There is also an edition specific to eastern Canada.

Mushrooms of Northeastern North America by Alan Bessette, David Fischer, and Arleen Bessette
A fairly comprehensive key for species in the northeast (except for the Russulas).

Mushrooms of North America by Roger Phillips
Photos, lots and lots of photos. But no keys and minimal text. A good complement to a text-heavy book like Mushrooms Demystified.

Medicinal Mushrooms: An Exploration of Tradition, Healing, & Culture by Christopher Hobbs
A very good synthesis of the available information on medicinal uses of mushrooms.

MycoMedicinals: An Informational Treatise on Mushrooms by Paul Stamets
A great overview of medicinal mushrooms that is also dense with information and references.

Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms by Paul Stamets
This is the best book around for learning to grow a very wide variety of mushrooms.

Morel Tales: The Culture of Mushrooming by Gary Alan Fine

This book examines mushroom hunting as a sociological phenomenon. Very interesting.

All That the Rain Promises, and More ...: A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms by David Arora
Keys, photos, descriptions, and anecdotes somehow squeezed into a very small book.

Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America : A Field-to-kitchen Guide by David W. Fischer & Alan E. Bessette
This is a great guide for beginners who want to confidently identify the common popular edible mushrooms and common poisonous mushrooms. The scope is limited to a small number of species, but for each species there is a list of characteristics which -if they are all present- give a definitive identification.

Mycelium Running by Paul Stamets
An inspirational book covering a number of aspects related to mycorestoration and permaculture-based mushroom cultivation.

Mushrooms: Cultivation, Nutritional Value, Medicinal Effect, and Environmental Impact by Shu-Ting Chang and Philip G. Miles
Provides an exceptional level of information on the latest worldwide developments in the topics outlined in its title. Highly recommended.

International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms with Editor-in-Chief Solomon P. Wasser
An ongoing publication that covers the latest developments in medicinal mushroom research.

Treasures from the Kingdom of Fungi by Taylor Lockwood
A book displaying 274 exceptional pictures of a kingdom of life that is rarely captured by such skilled

Healing Lyme by Stephen Buhner
A exceptional book with good recommendations for Lyme disease patients needing effective herbs to help ease the symptoms of Lyme Disease and possibly even get their immune system to the point that they can become free of Lyme symptoms. The only addition we see needed to this book is coverage of the many traditional medicinal mushrooms that can complement plant-based medicine and antibiotic therapies used in Lyme disease.