Cover

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pp. 1-4

Copyright

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pp. 5-7

Contents

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pp. 8-9

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Preface

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pp. ix-xi

How far back can your memory reach? If I really stretch, my earliest memory is of hunting mushrooms as a toddler with my parents, early on a misty summer morning, in an old graveyard near our home. Mushrooms grew everywhere. To me, they looked like big white buttons hiding in the grass. ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xii-13

I wish to express my thanks to Anne Quinn Corr for getting the ball rolling; Ken Klein for his wise feedback; Karen Martin for her friendship and knowledgeable comments; Geraldine S. Russell for her encouragement and assistance; Professor Emeritus ...

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Mushroom Basics

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pp. 1-17

What is a mushroom? Your answer depends on who you are, where you come from, and what you think about mushrooms. For Americans, the white button mushroom (Agaricus bisporus) of the supermarkets likely pops to mind. After all, it was the mushroom of our cookbook recipes and restaurant menus before ...

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One Hundred Mushrooms

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pp. 19-21

This guide describes one hundred mushrooms that can be found growing in the central Pennsylvania region. These species also commonly grow throughout a large area of the northeastern part of the United States and into southeastern Canada. Here, they are roughly divided into four seasons of growth: spring, March to May; summer, ...

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Spring Mushrooms

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pp. 23-50

Some mushrooms are orphans. We neglect them— perhaps because we don’t know much about them, or because they don’t look or smell nice. Our guidebooks give them little attention or completely exclude them. We often find them stomped by someone to “save the children” who might otherwise ingest them. Such ...

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Summer Mushrooms

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pp. 51-149

From the collection of scientific names that the authorities have given to this mushroom over time, you might think that they can’t agree on what to call it—or you may wonder whether they have nothing else to do through the winter months except idle away their time by renaming mushrooms. Neither is so ...

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Fall Mushrooms

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pp. 151-187

Start looking for this extroverted mushroom around the time of the first fall frosts in this region. It boldly shows itself off in big dense patches of bright white caps against the dark green background of mowed lawns. It seems to beg to be picked. Because it’s so easy to see, it’s a mushroom you can hunt from your ...

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Winter Mushrooms

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pp. 189-212

Don’t drink any alcoholic beverages around the time that you eat this inky cap! It contains chemicals that can temporarily make you sick. Pharmacologists have studied this mushroom and come up with medications to help cure alcohol addiction. A person takes the prescribed dosage before a situation in which he ...

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Edible and Non-Edible Mushrooms

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pp. 213-221

When human beings appeared on the earth, one of the first questions on everyone’s mind was, “Where can I find something to eat?” Obviously, we are here, so it must not have taken long to discover that the woods were full of food. The invention of agriculture eventually freed us from our potluck dependence on ...

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Mushrooms in the Kitchen

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pp. 223-229

After you get your edible mushrooms home, you have to get them ready for cooking or preserving. They will probably need cleaning, but if you have done some preliminary work before you put them in your collecting basket, your job will be much easier in the kitchen. At this point, beginning mushroomers often ...

References

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pp. 230-243

Index

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pp. 231-236

Back Cover

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pp. 250-250