Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares

Chelsea Publishing

Spring is morel season, and Greg A. Marley in his book Chanterelle Dreams, Amanta Nightmares: The Love, Lore, and Mystique of Mushrooms, gets us primed for mushroom hunting with Clyde Christensen’s Foolproof Four: mushrooms that are easy to identify and have no look alikes. The first of these is morels (Morchella), the second puffballs (Calvatia, Lycoperdon), then the sulphur mushroom (Polyporus sulphureus) and shaggy mane (Coprinus comatus) is the fourth. Marley gives a personal account of his mushroom walks, favorite ways to cook and store each mushroom, time of year to look for them, the sort of weather they like as well as which environment they prefer or which trees they grow in symbiosis with.