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Our reviews provide a useful tool for deciding which of the most recently published mycological related books would be useful for your skill level and interests, and which would be the most valuable for your library. We often provide a link to the publisher’s website.

NAMA’s Editorial and Literature Committee is responsible for providing reviews of books, DVDs and other electronic media, software programs, and smartphone apps for the society’s newsletter, The Mycophile. A selection of previously published reviews is available below.

Publishers and authors desiring to have their works reviewed, NAMA members with suggestions for reviews, and NAMA members wishing to do a review should contact Barbara Ching by email, to make the necessary arrangements.

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National Audubon Society: Mushrooms of North America
Alfred A. Knopf

National Audubon Society Mushrooms of North America

Book Review: National Audubon Society Mushrooms of North America Debbie Viess, Cofounder, Bay Area Mycological Society Any review ...
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Mushrooms in the Middle: A Smallhold Cookbook

Review by Jess Starwood Mushrooms take the center stage in this brief, yet beautifully designed cookbook produced by ...
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Andrea Gentl

Cooking With Mushrooms: A Fungi Lover’s Guide to The World’s Most Versatile, Flavorful, Health-Boosting Ingredients

A Review By Zachary Mazi I recently had the pleasure of meeting Andrea Gentl in La Mixteca, a ...
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fantastic fungi book cover

The Fantastic Fungi Community Cookbook

Inspired by filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg’s Fantastic Fungi (2019) and Schwartzberg’s follow-up suggestion that Eugenia Bone write a mushroom cookbook, Bone decided to tap into the mycelium-like network ...
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In Search of Mycotopia Citizen Science Fungi Fanatics, and the Untapped Potential of Mushrooms book cover
Chelsea Green Publishing

In Search of Mycotopia: Citizen Science, Fungi Fanatics, and The Untapped Potential of Mushrooms

Most mycophiles are aware that there a growing number of younger folks entering mycology who have been inspired, ...
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mushrooms of cascadia book cover
Michael Beug

Mushrooms of Cascadia: An Illustrated Key

Don’t live in the Pacific Northwest? Not a resident of Cascadia? Before you “swipe left,” you should consider ...
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Mycelium Wassonii book cover
Anthology Editions

Mycelium Wassonii

I thought I already knew the story about Gordon and Tina Wasson—the amateur mycologists turned ethnomycologists who popularized ...
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Polypores and Similar Fungi of Eastern and Central North America book cover
Alan E. Bessette

Polypores and Similar Fungi of Eastern and Central North America

Contents: The 22-page Introduction describes the area covered by the book; defines polypores with their macro and micro ...
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Wild Mushrooming A Guide for Foragers book cover
Alison Pouliot

Wild Mushrooming: A Guide for Foragers

Wild Mushrooming: A guide for Foragers is different. It is not a conventional field guide that aims to provide ...
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Amanitas of North America book cover
Britt A. Bunyard

Amanitas of North America

Substantial changes have occurred in our understanding of Amanitas since the publication of David Jenkins’ 1986 book, Amanita of ...
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Albert Whitman & Company

Beatrix Potter, Scientist

Beatrix Potter is beloved for her delightful children’s stories about Peter Rabbit and critters found in the English ...
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Entangled Life How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures book cover

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

“Entangled Life,” first book by author Merlin Sheldrake, takes a deep dive into the science and fascination of ...
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Koji Alchemy Rediscovering the Magic of Mold-Based Fermentation book cover
Chelsea Green Publishing

Koji Alchemy: Rediscovering the Magic of Mold-Based Fermentation

You may be surprised to read that a book on koji, a mold-based ferment, is a dreamy COVID ...
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Polypores of the Mediterranean Region book cover
Annarosa Bernicchia

Polypores of the Mediterranean Region

Seeing as how most polypores are too tough to eat, the group tends to get little respect from ...
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Wild Mushrooms Book Cover

Wild Mushrooms: A Cookbook and Foraging Guide

A new mushroom cookbook from 2020, Wild Mushrooms: A Cookbook and Foraging Guide, is written by Kristen and Trent ...
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