The Best Books to Read About Mushrooms – Our favorite fungi reads.

Here’s a roundup of the best books on growing mushrooms. One of our favorite things to do is sit down with a bunch of coffee and a stack of the best books about mushrooms – whether you’re learning how to grow mushrooms or working on your mushroom identification skills so that you can forage for mushrooms safely and learn how to identify mushrooms, here are some of our favorite fungi books.

The book cover of Mushrooms Demystified by David Arora
Mushrooms Demystified
by David Arora

This guide features descriptions and keys to over 2,000 species with 950+ photos. Author David Arora offers a beginner’s checklist of 70 common mushrooms and covers terminology, classification, habitats, cookery, toxins, and scientific names.

(also, if you’re curious and want to learn some mycology terminology, click here to download a free pdf of our fungi vocabulary list!)

All That the Rain Promises and More: A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms
by David Arora

David Arora highlights over 200 edible and poisonous mushrooms, providing checklists of their identifying features. His engaging style, blending wit and wisdom, makes this book a must-have for mushroom enthusiasts.

Mushrooming without Fear: The Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Safe and Delicious Mushrooms
by Alexander Schwab

This mushroom foraging guide is perfect for novice mushroom hunters seeking safe and delicious options. Learn how to identify mushrooms like chanterelle, hedgehog fungus, oyster mushrooms and more. Covers eight safety rules for foraging. (we also make the best mushroom grow kits for learning how to grow your own mushrooms at home – click here to try that if you’re not quite ready to forage your own!)

Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms by Paul Stamets

this is one of the most detailed guides on how to grow mushrooms, with a wealth of information on many different species of mushroom, along with notes on ideal growing conditions, temperatures, humidity levels and tips on various techniques required for different types of mushroom growing.

The Complete Mushroom Hunter, Revised: Illustrated Guide to Foraging, Harvesting, and Enjoying Wild Mushrooms by Gary Lincoff

Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures – Merlin Sheldrake

Foraging with Kids: 52 Wild and Free Edibles to Enjoy With Your Children – Adele Nozedar

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