cloth, 640 pp., $44.95
This volume is the most complete field guide to mushrooms and toadstools in Britain and Ireland with considerable relevance to Europe. Written by one of the world's leading mycologists, Stefan Buczacki, and heavily illustrated by Chris Shields and Denys Ovenden, two significant scientific illustrators, this work is the ultimate guide to fungi. More than 2,400 species are described with text and excellent illustrations. The illustrations are especially helpful, since they often describe the substrate of the fungus, tree bark, needle litter, or grassy knoll. Indeed, the color illustrations are essential to this reference work’s success. Although this book is comprehensive, with more than 600 pages, its small format (7 by 5 inches) makes it quite suitable in the field.
— Adele Kleine, volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden