Wild Edible Mushrooms by Hope Miller book review | Book Addicts

Wild Edible Mushrooms

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Wild Edible Mushrooms by Hope Miller is supposed to be a book on finding and harvesting wild mushrooms that are edible.  Unfortunately, only one-fourth of this small book is devoted to the actual mushrooms and the other three-fourths of the book is devoted to recipes that have mushrooms in them (they don’t necessarily feature mushrooms either).

0 out of 10 stars.  This book would’ve been much more helpful if full-page photos of the mushrooms followed each description.  The few photos that are included are very small, about a square inch each, and dark, so dark I would not trust these photos to be my only guide in identifying edible mushrooms from the poisonous ones.

So let’s talk mushrooms.  There are many kinds of mushrooms, but they are all fungi.  They grow in damp woods and on damp trees.  If you can identify edible mushrooms successfully you can live off them.  But if you make one mistake, you die.  Kind of a low-reward for high-risk scenario.  But it’s intriguing if you grew up hunting the woods for morel mushrooms as a child (like I did).

Another way to look at the possibilities of mushrooms is that if you find some good mushrooms you can sometimes propagate them (reproduce them) in a cellar or basement with very little encouragement and create an entire business from growing edible mushrooms.  Think mushroom farm.

This book provided no information on doing either.  Basically it’s a short mini-section on edible mushrooms and then a very large section on recipes that include mushrooms.  All of it is freely available on the internet, but I would not trust internet photos to guide me into picking an edible mushroom over a poisonous one.  You shouldn’t either.

0 out of 10 stars.  Still on the hunt for an actual edible mushroom book…  This is a cookbook with recipes that include mushrooms.

Reviewed by Betsy.


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