I find the idea of foraging and cooking wild mushrooms quite intriguing, but I’ve always been scared to death to try. How about you?
Those stories of people being deathly poisoned by eating the wrong mushroom have always kept me away from even considering the idea of picking my own. However, authors Pelle Holmberg and Hans Marklund just might change my mind.
They’ve written a brilliant, well-illustrated guide to mushrooms which they’ve organized in the most sensible manner. The mushrooms documented in the pages of The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms are each coded into four “risk zones” – 1, 2, 3, or 4 depending on the variety. Mushrooms that are ranked “1″ are considered beginner mushrooms, those that can only be confused with other edible mushrooms. (Consider me firmly in the “1″ camp.) Those marked with a “4,” on the other hand, can be confused with dangerously poisonous mushrooms.
The authors take it one step further, and also tag those mushrooms that are edible but rare so that we can leave them undisturbed. Preparing and preserving tips for each variety are handy when you’re ready to take the plunge and have a bite. All in all, this is a most useful book that I look forward to using to identify the mushrooms that pop up in our yard.
The 126-page book retails for $12.95, and our friends at Skyhorse Publishing have donated a nice, brand new copy for one lucky Happy Simple Living reader residing in the U.S. or Canada. To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below and answer this question:
Have you ever tried eating a wild mushroom you picked yourself?
Feel free to share your fungi experiences, and remember, those wacky mushrooms you tried back in college don’t really count. Just kidding! The drawing will run through next Tuesday, July 30 at midnight MST, and the Rafflecopter box below has some additional ways you can enter. Good luck!
UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to April, winner of the book!