Books about Mushrooms

A book is better than online

There are so many choices for mushroom identification books that it's hard to know where to start.  The first tip is to get one as local as possible.  Usually these are smaller books with fewer species, but beginners get overwhelmed quickly with too much information. By picking several of the most common mushrooms you see and finding them in a book, you are off to a good start in learning to identify.  Listed here are 4 books that focus on mushrooms west of the Rockies in order of usefulness to beginners. If you wear out all 4 of these books, you will know more than you need to know!   Be sure to read the introductions; they are full of tips and clear characteristic explanations. 

1.    All That the Rain Promises and More            David Arora                                             Ten Speed Press 1991

2.    Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest            Steve Trudell and Joe Ammirati                Timber Press Field 

                                                                                                                                                Guide    2009

3.    Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast               Noah Siegel and Christian Schwarz        Ten Speed Press    

                                                                                                                                                2016

4.     Mushrooms Demystified                               David Arora                                             Ten Speed Press     

                                                                                                                                               1986