Saturday, July 30, 2016
Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast by Noah Siegel and Christian Schwarz
Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast by Noah Siegel and Christian Schwarz is a unique, comprehensive field guide, educating the reader on mushrooms. Who knew that the mushroom represented such a varied and unique kingdom. This book opens an entirely new, surreal yet beautiful world of fungi. This book was an unexpected treat featuring literally hundreds of full color photos of just about every mushroom known to man in the Redwood Coast of California. Although a niche book, a hybrid of a field guide and nature documentary, this book can be enjoyed by all readers. This thick volume gives the background information about the mushroom and its life cycle as well as details on hundreds of types of mushrooms. Interestingly, when applicable, details about the edibility of each species is also included. The reader is cautioned about toxic mushrooms and the look-a-likes, discouraging the novice from eating unknown mushroom varieties that could be toxic. Overall even if you have no prior interest or knowledge of mushrooms, this book is an eyeopener to the fascinating and varied world of the mushroom. I was impressed by the quality and coverage of this book. It is an authoritative textbook on the subject. As a blogger I received a copy of this book by Ten Speed Press for the purpose of writing this review.