Best audience for National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms:

Experienced mushroom hunters and beginners with strong scientific field identification skills

Candace said: I love the photos in the National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. With 756 color plates covering each of the 703 species, Lincoff offers what most other field guides so often miss, a good identification tool for folks who struggle with visualization, in other words seeing what all those scientific descriptions mean. For the scientifically minded, Lincoff’s descriptions are solid. For folks like myself, Lincoff’s field guide is a good secondary source in the field.

Sue said: There are not many mushroom hunters who don’t have a copy of Lincoff’s book. The scope of the book is staggering. The sheer volume of species Lincoff describes makes this book a must-have for mushroom lovers.

Despite the name, it isn’t designed as a regional field guide. I don’t know anyone whose field of gathering is the entire continent of North America. Most mushroom hunters gather their favorite species every season. This book is designed for those who want to branch out a little or are just curious about the fungal neighbors that appear every year.

This book is perfect for those who want to verify a species and then tucker down into a chair and spend another hour of delightful distraction reading about other mushrooms similar to the one at hand. This is the ultimate coffee table book for fungus nerds. Don’t be shy. Pull it out of your bookcase and proudly display your adoration of the world of mushrooms. You are in good company.

The Bottom Line: We give National Audubon Society Guide to North American Mushrooms by Gary H. Lincoff two thumbs up.

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