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Among the Mushrooms: A Guide For Beginners by Caroline A. Burgin, is an exceptional introduction to the fascinating world of mushrooms. With her extensive knowledge and passion for the subject, Burgin successfully brings forth a well-rounded guide that is both informative and engaging.

The book is divided into various sections, each focusing on different aspects of mushrooms, such as identification, foraging, cooking, and the medicinal properties of these mysterious fungi. Burgin's writing style is approachable and easy to understand, making it particularly suitable for beginners who may be intimidated by the subject matter.

One of the standout features of this guide is its emphasis on proper identification. Burgin takes great care in explaining the key characteristics of different mushroom species, providing detailed descriptions accompanied by vivid photographs and illustrations. This ensures that readers can confidently identify mushrooms while also ensuring their safety, as misidentification can have serious consequences.

Furthermore, the author's personal anecdotes and experiences bring a relatable voice to the text, making it feel like an informal conversation with a knowledgeable friend. This not only makes the information more relatable but also adds a touch of warmth and authenticity to the book.

Another strength of Among the Mushrooms is its extensive coverage of edible mushrooms and various culinary techniques. Burgin includes recipes that range from basic mushroom saut├ęs to more elaborate dishes, catering to the varying skill levels of readers. This practical element adds a delightful touch to the guide, encouraging readers to not only learn about mushrooms but also experiment with them in their own kitchens.

Additionally, the book delves into the medicinal properties of mushrooms, highlighting their potential health benefits. Burgin explores the historical and cultural significance of mushrooms in traditional medicine, offering fascinating insights on how they have been used to treat various ailments throughout history. However, it is worth noting that the information provided in this section is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice.

Despite its many merits, Among the Mushrooms does have a few minor drawbacks. At times, the sheer amount of information presented can be overwhelming, especially for those completely new to the subject. Perhaps a more structured approach or summary sections could have helped to break down the information in a more digestible manner.

Nevertheless, it is clear that Burgin's love and expertise shine through in this comprehensive guide. Among the Mushrooms: A Guide For Beginners is a treasure trove of knowledge, perfect for anyone wanting to embark on a mushroom-oriented journey. With its accessible writing style, practical advice, and beautiful illustrations, this book is sure to captivate and inspire both novices and seasoned mushroom enthusiasts alike.

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[Illustration (Frontispiece):

1. Craterellus cornucopioides. 2. Cortinarius armillatus. 3. Clitocybe laccata. 4. Tremellodon gelatinosum.]

AMONG THE MUSHROOMS A Guide for Beginners




Toronto / London Drexel Biddle, Publisher

NEW YORK 67 Fifth Avenue PHILADELPHIA 228 South Fourth St. SAN FRANCISCO 319 325 Sansome St.


Copyright, 1900 By A. J. DREXEL BIDDLE


" Have you not seen in the woods on a late autumn morning a poor fungus or mushroom a plant without any solidity, nay, that seemed nothing but a soft mush or jelly by its constant total and inconceivably gentle pushing, manage to break its way up through the frosty ground, and actually to lift a hard crust on its head? It is the symbol of the power of kindness. "



The books which have been consulted in the preparation of this work are, "British Fungi," by Rev. John Stevenson; "British Fungus Flora," by George Massee; "Mushrooms and their Uses," and "Boleti of the United States," by Professor Charles H. Peck, State Botanist of New York; "Moulds, Mildew and Mushrooms," by Professor L... Continue reading book >>

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