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Bugs



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 05 11:39 am    Post subject: Mushroom books in The Works  Reply with quote    

Anyone who fancies taking up mushrooming this year, I would recommend you get along to The Works if there is one near to you and buy two books they have - a Collins gem guide to Mushrooms and Fungi, and a larger book by Peter (or is it Michael) Jordan which in my local branch is out the front with lots of large format cookbooks but actually contains a whole section which has been published in various formats, one of which was recommended to us by a fungi expert.

The Gem is about 1.99 and the larger one either 2.99 or 3.99. Not that I would say that they are the best books ever which is why I've not asked for them to go on the sticky, but both contain plenty of useful information and good pics and the more you have, when it comes to identification, the better, in my opinion. (As long as they are reputable books of course, which these are).

Definitely a good investment for a fiver or so.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 05 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Do we have some more books then?

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 05 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ooh goody. I got the Peter Jordan one with the recipes in it for christmas - haven't done much with it yet but it's a good basic guide to identifying the common edible species and then cooking them.

Bugs



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 05 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:
Do we have some more books then?


No, I bought the Gem last year, the Peter Jordan one, is the same text/pics (at a quick glance anyway) as the hardback one you have had for ages, you know, with a double page spread for each mushroom? Only this one is paper back, and it also has recipes in. The front cover makes it look like a typical recipe book but actually it looks really useful (unless you already have it of course).

I've only bought four books this week

So far

Bugs



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 05 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ooh, here you are, I rather think it is this one that they have:

cab



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 05 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That one is two books pasted together, if memory serves. There's a mushroom recipe book stuck in with the basic ID guide. It's not bad, but it's more 'coffee table' than anything else. It's definitely worth having, though.

Bugs



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 05 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

cab wrote:
It's not bad, but it's more 'coffee table' than anything else. It's definiely worth having, though.


That's about the size of it; under 4 (and I really think it is under 3) can't go wrong, wouldn't be so sure about giving Amazon 9 for it though.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 05 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ooh. I might have to go and have a gander on the way home. I bought Antonio Carluccio's The Quiet Hunt last month, which makes me hungry every time I look at it, but as lovely as it is, it isn't really something you can stick in your pocket when off for a walk.

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