top of page

Recommended Books

Pacific Northwest and California

  • Arora, David. Mushrooms Demystified. Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA, 1986

  • Ammirati, Joseph, Trudell, Steve, Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest, Timber Press, Portland, OR, 2009

  • Siegel, Noah & Schwarz, Christian, Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast. Ten Speed Press, 2016 

  • Carpenter, Steven E., Mushrooms of Marys Peak and Vicinity, Shelton-Turnbull, 2018

  • Marrone, Teresa & Parker, Drew, Mushrooms of the Northwest, Adventure Publications, 2019

  • Winkler, Daniel, Field Guide to Edible Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest

  • Arora, David, All That the Rain Promises, and More..., Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA, 1990

  • Desjardin, Dennis, Wood, Michael, Stevens, Frederick, California Mushrooms, Timber Press, 2015

  • Ginns, J, Polypores of British Columbia, 2017, softbound available here - and as a free pdf download.

  • Bueg, Michael W. Mushrooms of Cascadia: An Illustrated Key, FUNGI Press, 2021

North America

  •  Lincoff, Gary. The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., New York, 1981

  •  Smith, Alexander H., Smith, Helen V., Weber, Nancy S. Weber, How to Know the Gilled Mushrooms, William. C. Brown Company Publishers, 1979

  • Smith, Alexander H., Smith, Helen V., How to Know the Non-Gilled Fleshy Fungi, William C. Brown Company Publishers, 1973

  • Miller, Dr Orson K. & Miller, Hope H., North American Mushrooms, Morris Book Publishing,

  • McKnight, Kent H. & McKnight, Vera B., Mushrooms, A Peterson Field Guide, Houghton Mifflin, 1998

Specialized Groups

  • Trappe, Matt, Evans, Frank, Trappe, James. Field Guide to North American Truffles. Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA, 2007

  • Bessette, Alan E., Harris, David, Bessette Arleen R., Milk Mushrooms of North America: A Field Identification Guide to the Genus Lactarius, Syracuse University Press, Syracuse, NY, 2009

  • Bessette, Alan E., Bessette, Arleen R., Roody, William C., Trudell, Steven A., Tricholomas of North America, University of Texas Press, Austin, TX, 2013

  • Bessette, Alan E., Roody, William C., and Bessette, Arleen R. North American Boletes: A Color Guide to the Fleshy Pored Mushrooms. Syracuse University Press, Syracuse, NY, 2000

  • Beug, Michael, Bessette, Alan, Bessette, Arleen, Ascomycete Fungi of North America, University of Texas Press, Austin, TX, 2014

  • Gilbertson, R.L., and Ryvarden, L. North American Polypores, 2 vols., Lubrecht & Cramer Ltd., 1986-1987

  • Largent, David L. et al. How to Identify Mushrooms to Genus. Mad River Press Series, Volumes 1-6, Eureka, CA

Poisonous Mushrooms

  • Benjamin, Denis. Mushrooms, Poisons and Panaceas: A handbook for naturalists, mycologists and physicians. W. H. Freeman and Co., New York, NY 1995

  • Ammirati, Joseph, Traquair, James, Horgen, Paul, Poisonous Mushrooms of the Northern United States and Canada. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, MN, 1986

  • Spoerke, David G., and Rumack, Barry H., eds. Handbook of Mushroom Poisoning: Diagnosis and Treatment. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 1994

  • Lincoff, Gary & Mitchel, D. H., MD Toxic and Hallucinogenic Mushroom Poisoning: A Handbook for Physicians and Mushroom Hunters, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1977


  •  Stamets, Paul, Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms, Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA, 1993

  • Russel, S., The Essential Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms, Storey Publishing, 2014

  • Cotter, T., Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation, Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 2014


  • Rice, Miriam, and Beebee, Dorothy. Mushrooms for Color. Mad River Press, Eureka, CA, 1980

  • Rice, Miriam, and Beebee, Dorothy. Mushrooms for Dyes, Paper, Pigments & Myco-Stix™, Mushrooms for Color Press, Forestville, CA, 2008

  • Bessette, A.R. & Bessette, A. E., The Rainbow Beneath My Feet, Syracuse University Press, 2001

  • Casselman, K. D., Lichen Dyes: The New Source Book, Dover Press, 2011


  • Petersen, Jens, The Kingdom of Fungi, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2012

  • Pojar, Jim, and Andy MacKinnon, Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia & Alaska, Lone Pine Publishing, 1994.

  • Kendrick, Bryce. The Fifth Kingdom. Mycologue Publications, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 1985

  • Stevenson, Steven L. and Stempen, Henry. Myxomycetes, A Handbook of Slime Molds. Timber Press, Portland, OR, 1994

Fun Reading

  • Schaechter, Elio. In the Company of Mushrooms. Harvard University Press, Boston, MA, 1997

  • Fine, Gary, Morelling,

  • Brodie, Harold Johnston, Fungi: Delight of Curiosity, University of Toronto Press, 1978

  • Fantastic Fungi, The Fungaloids?

  • Bone, Eugenia, Mycophilia,

  • Celebrating Mushrooms: A Passionate Quest,

  • Benjamin, Dennis, Musings of a Mushroom Hunter: A Natural History of Foraging, Tembe Publishing, 2010


  •  Kornerup, A. & Wanscher J. H., Methuen Handbook of Color, Methuen & Co. Ltd, various editions

  • Ridgeway, Robert, Ridgeway Color Standards and Nomenclature, 1912

  • Munsell Soil Color Charts, Pantone

Lichens are Fungi too

  • McCune, Bruce & Geiser, Linda, Macrolichens of the Pacific Northwest, Oregon State University Press, 2009

  • Hale, Mason & Cole, Mariette, Lichens of California, 1988

  • Sharnoff, Stephen, A Field Guide to California Lichens, 2014

  • Brodo, Irwin M., Sharnoff, Sylvia Duran, Sharnoff, Stephen, Lichens of North America, Yale University Press, 2001

  • Brodo, Irwin M., Laurie-Burke, Susan, Sharnoff, Sylvia Duran, Sharnoff, Stephen, Keys to Lichens of North America, Yale University Press, 2016

Cookbooks, there are a plethora of them

  •  Czarnecki, Jack, Joe’s Book of Mushroom Cookery, 1997, good basic reference

  •  Czarnecki, Jack, A Cooks Book of Mushrooms, 1995

  • Hyatt, Chad, The Mushroom Hunter's Kitchen, Chestnut Fed Books, 2018.

  •  Skerlec, G. M., Pacific Northwest Mushroom Cookbook, 2018

Dictionaries and such

  • Kirk, P. M. et al, Ainsworth, & Bisby’s Dictionary of the Fungi 10th Ed., CABI, 2008, older editions are available.

  • Angel, Heather, Photographing Nature, Fungi, Fountain Press, 1975

  • Ulloa, Miguel & Hanlin, Richard T., Illustrated Dictionary of Mycology, The American Phytopathological Society Press, 2002

  • Stearn, William T., Botanical Latin, Timber Press 2004

  • Short, Emma & George, Alex, A Primer of Botanical Latin with Vocabulary, Cambridge University Press, 2013

  • Winston, Judith E., Describing Species, Practical Taxonomic Procedure for Biologists, Columbia University Press, 1999




References, Databases

NOTE: the first two databases do not always agree on current name. Different mycologists looking at the same data differently. Go figure.

Resources, Clubs




Poisonings National Oregon NNAMA Poison Case Registry

FILE A REPORT! It is important to file a report, even if the outcome was only a gastrointestinal upset. NAMA tracks ALL mushroom poisonings.

Thanks to member, Henry Young, for compiling this list of books and reputable references.

bottom of page