THIS book is addressed to those who love mushrooms, who love the
whole rich world of wild mushrooms in the same way that many love
the flowers of the field and the birds of the air. Our public is certainly one
of the smallest in the English-speaking world, but no matter. We invite all
to share our joys, and if few respond, we are not less happy for being few to
savor the secret.
There is no shortage of writings about wild mushrooms. But in English and
all other languages save French the thousands of pamphlets, books, and journals
on this subject seem to fall naturally into one or the other of two clusters. Around
one pole are gathered the manuals that teach beginners how to tell the species
apart, and around the other are the treatises written by mycologists solely for
other mycologists to read. Ours is one of the few books about mushrooms
written for connoisseurs by amateurs.