Within One Kingdom, Such Diversity!

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Timber Press, that great engine of first-rate botanical books, recently published a wonderful introduction to some of our planet’s most exotic life forms. Steven L. Stephenson’s The Kingdom Fungi: The Biology of Mushrooms, Molds, and Lichens offers an exciting natural history of an often neglected, little understood (yet critical) component of life on earth. Stephenson calls on more than thirty years of fungal studies spanning six continents, in climates ranging from the tropics to the polar regions. The result is one of the Land Library’s favorite natural history books of the past year.

Another favorite (also pictured above) is The Chanterelle Book by Olle Perrson, with beautiful illustrations by Bo Mossberg. The Chanterelle family includes some of our best known edible mushrooms, including the Spicy Chanterelle of western conifer forests, and the fragrant Black Trumpet of eastern beech woods. Persson & Mossberg’s book provides a rich natural and cultural history — not to mention recipes!

And merely scratching the surface of the Kingdom Fungi, here’s a few more volumes from the Land Library’s shelves:

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Morels by Michael Kuo, North American Boletes: A Color Guide to Fleshy Pored Mushrooms by Alan & Arleen Bessette, Taming the Truffle: the History, Lore, and Science of the Ultimate Mushroom by Ian R. Hall, et.al., and The Field Guide to North American Truffles by Matt Trappe, et.al.

For naturalists, food-lovers, and fans of all-things-fungi, the Rocky Mountain Land Series will host a FREE program on Wednesday, August 18th with Gary Lincoff, author of the Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. Gary will be speaking on his new book The Complete Mushroom Hunter, and he’ll be bringing along plenty of samples & examples! For more information, please visit the Tattered Cover Book Store’s event page.

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