With the surging interest in foraging for mushrooms, those new to the
art need a reliable guide to distinguishing the safe fungi from the
toxic. But for beginner foragers who just want to answer the question
“Can it eat it?”, most of the books on the subject are dry, dense, and
written by mycologists for other mycologists.
Frank Hyman to the rescue! How to Forage for Mushrooms without Dying
is the book for anyone who walks in the woods and would like to learn
how to identify just the 29 edible mushrooms they’re likely to come
across. In it, Hyman offers his expert mushroom foraging advice,
distilling down the most important information for the reader in
colorful, folksy language that’s easy to remember when in the field.
Want an easy way to determine if a mushroom is a delicious morel or a
toxic false morel? Slice it in half – “if it’s hollow, you can swallow,”
Hyman says. With Frank Hyman’s expert advice and easy-to-follow
guidelines, readers will be confident in identifying which mushrooms
they can safely eat and which ones they should definitely avoid.
1. Interest in mushroom foraging surging. There are hundreds of
mushroom-hunting groups on social media and certification classes and
workshops are selling out across the country.
2. An absolute beginner's guide written by an expert with safety first.
Assuming no prior knowledge among readers, Frank Hyman, a professional
mushroom hunter who is certified to sell wild mushrooms to the public,
distills the essential advice for identifying the most common edible
mushrooms, with photos and key attributes that ensure safe, confident
3. Focus on 29 most common edible mushrooms found in North America.
Unlike the comprehensive foraging manuals covering all mushrooms,
Hyman's focus is strictly on finding the most common and easily
identified edible mushrooms, to focus the foraging hunt on where, when,
and how to harvest and prepare the most flavorful edible mushrooms.