9780292720800

Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America : A Field-to-Kitchen Guide

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  • ISBN13:

    9780292720800

  • ISBN10:

    0292720807

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1992-08-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Texas Pr

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Summary

Unusual shapes and colors make many mushrooms alluring to the eye, while the exotic flavors and textures of edible mushrooms are a gourmet delicacy for the palate. Yet many people never venture beyond the supermarket offerings, fearing that all other mushrooms are poisonous. With amateur mushroom hunters especially in mind, David Fischer and Alan Bessette have prepared Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America. This field guide presents more than 100 species of the most delicious mushrooms, along with detailed information on how to find, gather, store, and prepare them for the table. More than 70 savory recipes, ranging from soups and salads to casseroles, canapes, quiches, and even a dessert, are included. Throughout, the authors constantly emphasize the need for correct identification of species for safe eating. Each species is described in detailed, nontechnical language, accompanied by a list of key identifying characteristics that reliably rule out all but the target species. Superb color photographs also aid in identification. Poisonous "lookalikes" are described and illustrated, and the authors also assess the risks of allergic or idiosyncratic reactions to edible species and the possibilities of chemical or bacterial contamination.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Discovering Mycophagy
An Introduction to the Mushroom
Fundamentals of the Hunt
What Have You Found?
The Mycophagist's Ten Commandments
How to Use this Guide and Beyond
Forgotten Fruit: Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America
Chanterelles And Similar Mushrooms
Gilled Mushrooms
Boletes
Tooth Mushrooms
Coral-Shaped, Club-Shaped, And Cauliflower-Shaped Mushrooms
Shelflike Mushrooms, Puffballs, Morels, And Jelly Fungi
Poisonous Wild Mushrooms of North America
Mushroom Poisoning
Poisonous Wild Mushrooms
Wild Mushrooms in the Kitchen
Preparing, Preserving, and Cooking Wild Mushrooms
Wild Mushroom Recipes
Glossary
Recommended Reading
Index
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