The Paperback of the Mushrooms Demystified: A Comprehensive Guide to the Fleshy Fungi by David Arora at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping. An American mycologist, naturalist, and writer, David Arora is also the author of two popular mushroom field guides, Mushrooms Demystified and All the Rain. Foragers! Come hear from mushroom authority David Arora at a special event at the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center as he celebrates fungi with wit and.

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Hands down, the best guide to fungi published.

Mushrooms Demystified by David Arora

I have not actually read through this hefty tome, but I have perused used it and deem it a favorable fact that I and fellow aroga of found fungi are still intact, and much the happier for our mushroom meal, many thanks to Arora. View all 4 comments. Best book out there for mushrooming with its smaller companion All demyystified rain promises and more.

Clearly a classic and the bible of mushroom identification, though expect a big learning curve when it comes to working through the “choose your own adventure” style method of identifying your bounty. This is probably not a book you would sit down and read cover-to-cover. He makes an otherwise tedious affair interesting. Later, an idea to start a mushroom club came about, and in he founded The Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz.

Jul 27, Terri Klemetson added it. Giant puffballs taste like funky, chemical marshmallows – they are not “eminently edible. Nov 12, Mykle rated it it was amazing. In addition to his field guides, he has written several articles on amateur and demyatified mushroom hunting, its role in the economic development of rural communities, and about conflicts related to conservation issues related to mushroom hunting.


Arora makes this enormous reference book an enjoyable read. Ten Speed Press, Authoritative and comprehensive, often witty, but altogether somewhat dense. I have so often leafed through this book for the simple sheer pleasure of it, that I have found myself in the forest identifying wild mushrooms that I didn’t realize I knew anything about.

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By using this site, you demtstified to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He underestimates, in my opinion. Article mirrored at Mykoweb. California Wild 52 4. As a first mushrooming book, I’d recommend this as a prerequisite to perhaps more appealing easy-lookup guides like the field guide mentioned above. Arora is used to indicate this person as the author when citing a botanical name. No trivia or quizzes yet.

While this mushroom hunters’ bible is indispensable, it could benefit from more pictures. Views Read Edit View history.

Oct 14, Ahme rated it really liked it. Okay, I didn’t technically read the whole thing straight through, but I did read all of the sections aside from the identifications straight through. Be the first to ask a question about Mushrooms Demystified. Jan 10, Shane Simmons rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book is worth it just for his section demystifying the Latin names of fungi — which he makes into something of a sleuthing project.

You may click on any of the photographs Ain’t they pretty? Anyone interested in mushroom hunting. Nov 11, James Mize rated it really liked it.


Mushrooms Demystified

Books by David Arora. Mushrooms Demystified by David Arora.

Arora first developed an interest in wild mushrooms while growing up in Pasadena, California and organized his first mushroom collecting group while in high school. Perhaps the best field guide for the educated North American amateur.

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Mushrooms Demystified was first published in and was republished in a revised and substantially expanded edition in For one thing, Arora’s writing style is immediately winning and thoroughly engaging, and this style is fully borne out among the included images.

May 13, Matt Asher rated it really liked it. My go-to book on identifying mushrooms growing in our yard. Therefore, a fairly extensive but by no means comprehensive treatment is offered here, in hopes that readers will at least learn to notice polypores, if not identify them.

Well outlined and information is easy to find. Feb 03, Jayme rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jan 17, Scott Cox rated it it was amazing Shelves: Want to Read saving…. By structuring his book the way he does, Arora forces the reader to orient her identification by starting with spore prints, which requires that the mushroom s be picked, taken home, and properly examined. I would never have expected as much from a field guide.

It is considered by many to be the “Bible” of mushroom field guides.