Michael Kuo's 100 Edible Mushrooms

Step-by-Step Mycology
Kuo splits the edibles into the following categories - Recommended for Beginners, Experience Required, and Difficult. Each species includes photos, detailed descriptions, notes on the edibility rating (Kuo readily admits that some, while technically edible, are hardly worth it), and descriptions of any potential look-a-likes. Also included are some tried-and-tested recipes.

If anything, the one thing I am taking away from Kuo’s approach to mycology, and I’m sure he would be delighted about this, is that there are absolutely no short-cuts, especially if you are collecting for the pot. While misidentification is a pain for the academic, it can be a tragedy for the cook. So treating the subject with respect is about as sage advice as anyone can give. I’ll finish with a quote from Kuo on the incredible ignorance of some enthusiasts:

“I am constantly amazed from the emails I receive from people who have found mushrooms, compared them to pictures in field guides, and want to eat them – or worse, have already eaten them. I even have an email folder labelled “I Ate This, What Is It?”… and the photos include shots of unknown Amanita species, unidentifiable little brown mushrooms, false morels and what appears to be a moldy piece of old carpet.”

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