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Best Mycology Books You Should Read

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Mycology books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. Radical Mycology: A Treatise On Seeing And Working With Fungi (2016)

 Best Mycology Books You Should ReadInterwoven with short essays on the lessons of the fungi, Radical Mycology begins with chapters that explore the uniqueness of fungal biology, the critical ecological roles of micro and macro fungi, skills for accurately identifying mushrooms and mycorrhizal fungi, the importance of lichens as indicators of environmental health, and the profound influences that fungi have held on the evolution of all life and human cultures. With this foundation laid, the reader is then equipped to work with the fungi directly. Techniques for making potent fungal medicines, growing fermenting fungi for food, and cheaply cultivating…
Author(s): Peter McCoy, Natassja Noell

2. The Psilocybin Mushroom Bible: The Definitive Guide to Growing and Using Magic Mushrooms (2016)

 Best Mycology Books You Should ReadThe Psilocybin Mushroom Bible details every step of the complex mushroom cultivation process, making it hands down the largest and most comprehensive book ever written on the subject.Readers will learn how to produce their own magic mushrooms quickly, safely, and effectively. The book features over 40 step-by-step photographic instruction guides to each step of the process, including: sterilizing the equipment to produce mushrooms; how to build the containers used during home mushroom cultivation; safety measures for preventing contamination of the mushroom cultures; and a guide to consuming…
Author(s): Mandrake PhD, Dr. K, Virginia Haze

3. Introductory Mycology, 4Th Ed (2007)

 Best Mycology Books You Should ReadPrinted in Asia – Carries Same Contents as of US edition – Opt Expedited Shipping for 3 to 4 day delivery -…
Author(s): Alexopoulos

4. National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms (National Audubon Society Field Guides) (1981)

 Best Mycology Books You Should ReadFeaturing a durable vinyl binding and over 700 full-color identification photographs organized visually by color and shape, the National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms is the perfect companion for any mushroom hunting expedition. Each species is accompanied by a detailed physical description, information on edibility, season, habitat, range, look-alikes, alternative names, and facts on edible and poisonous species, uses, and folklore. A supplementary section on cooking and eating wild mushrooms, and illustrations identifying the parts of a mushroom, round out this essential…
Author(s): National Audubon Society

5. Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World (2005)

 Best Mycology Books You Should ReadMycelium Running is a manual for the mycological rescue of the planet. That’s right: growing more mushrooms may be the best thing we can do to save the environment, and in this groundbreaking text from mushroom expert Paul Stamets, you’ll find out how. The basic science goes like this: Microscopic cells called “mycelium”–the fruit of which are mushrooms–recycle carbon, nitrogen, and other essential elements as they break down plant and animal debris in the creation of rich new soil. What Stamets has discovered is that we can capitalize on mycelium’s…
Author(s): Paul Stamets

6. Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms (2000)

 Best Mycology Books You Should ReadAfter years of living in awe of the mysterious fungi known as mushrooms-chefs, health enthusiasts, and home cooks alike can’t get enough of these rich, delicate morsels. With updated production techniques for home and commercial cultivation, detailed growth parameters for 31 mushroom species, a trouble-shooting guide, and handy gardening tips, this revised and updated handbook will make your mycological landscapes the envy of the neighborhood….
Author(s): Paul Stamets

7. Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World: An Identification Guide (1996)

 Best Mycology Books You Should ReadFrom the author of GROWING GOURMET AND MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS comes the only identification guide exclusively devoted to the world’s psilocybin-containing mushrooms. Detailed descriptions and color photographs for over 100 species are provided, as well as an exploration of their long-standing (and often religious) use by ancient peoples and their continued significance to modern-day culture. Some of the species included have just been discovered in the past year or two, and still others have never before been photographed in their natural habitats….
Author(s): Paul Stamets, Weil M.D., Andrew

8. Mycology (2017)

 Best Mycology Books You Should ReadWinner of the Second Annual Wild Onion Novella Contest, judged by Lindsay HunterA tree falls in 1955, and in its wreckage spores of poisonous mushrooms begins to grow. Nearly thirty years later, during the height of the AIDS epidemic, those fungi and the death of acclaimed choreographer Haze Morton bring together his partner, Martin, his lover, Luca, and a reclusive artist, Charlotte Previty. Each of them come to understand the ways in which their lives have crossed because of Haze, and how they can begin living again, together. Mycology is a quiet,…
Author(s): Joan Wilking

9. An Introduction to Mycology (2015)

 Best Mycology Books You Should Readan introduction to mycology…
Author(s): R.S. Mehrotra

10. Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation: Simple to Advanced and Experimental Techniques for Indoor and Outdoor Cultivation (2014)

 Best Mycology Books You Should ReadWhat would it take to grow mushrooms in space? How can mushroom cultivation help us manage, or at least make use of, invasive species such as kudzu and water hyacinth and thereby reduce dependence on herbicides? Is it possible to develop a low-cost and easy-to-implement mushroom-growing kit that would provide high-quality edible protein and bioremediation in the wake of a natural disaster? How can we advance our understanding of morel cultivation so that growers stand a better chance of success?  For more than twenty years, mycology expert Tradd Cotter has been pondering these questions and…
Author(s): Tradd Cotter

11. Mycophilia: Revelations from the Weird World of Mushrooms (2013)

 Best Mycology Books You Should ReadAn incredibly versatile cooking ingredient containing an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and possibly cancer-fighting properties, mushrooms are among the most expensive and sought-after foods on the planet. Yet when it comes to fungi, culinary uses are only the tip of the iceberg. Throughout history fungus has been prized for its diverse properties—medicinal, ecological, even recreational—and has spawned its own quirky subculture dedicated to exploring the weird biology and celebrating the unique role it plays on earth. In Mycophilia,…
Author(s): Eugenia Bone

12. The Mushroom Handbook (2015)

 Best Mycology Books You Should ReadThis comprehensive handbook on the mushroom will delight the natural historian and nature lover. This book contains classic material dating back to the 1900s and before. The content has been carefully selected for its interest and relevance to a modern audience….
Author(s): Louis C. Krieger

13. All That the Rain Promises and More: A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms (1991)

 Best Mycology Books You Should Read“In leafing through these pages, you may wonder what all the ‘fanciful,’ ‘foolish,’ or (shudder) ‘extraneous’ material is doing in a factual guide. After all, it is the practical, hands-on, how-to-identify information that makes this book useful and gives it substance. But I ask: is it any stranger or less desirable to sprinkle the facts with flakes of fancy than it is to liven up solemn, substantial fare like potatoes with something fancier and more flavorful, like wild mushrooms?” – David Arora”[All That the Rain Promises and More] is certainly the best guide to fungi, and may…
Author(s): David Arora

14. Fungal Biology (2005)

 Best Mycology Books You Should ReadFungal Biology is the fully updated new edition of this undergraduate text, covering all major areas of fungal biology and providing insights into many topical areas….
Author(s): J. W. Deacon

15. Psilocybin: Magic Mushroom Grower’s Guide: A Handbook for Psilocybin Enthusiasts (1993)

 Best Mycology Books You Should ReadIn the 1970s two of the most influential thinkers of the psychedelic era gathered what was then known about psilocybin botany and culture and presented it in Psilocybin: Magic Mushroom Grower’s Guide. Writing under pseudonyms, the McKenna brothers provided simple, reliable, and productive methods for magic mushroom propagation, including black-and-white photographs that showed the techniques of the time. The development of more modern cultivation techniques does not eclipse the cultural contributions of this book. Philosophical asides, whimsical illustrations evoking the mystical…
Author(s): O. T. Oss, O. N. Oeric, et al.

Best Mycology Books You Should Read

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Clinical Practice of Medical Mycology in Asia

Author(s): Arunaloke Chakrabarti
ID: 2472249, Publisher: Springer Singapore, Year: 2020, Size: 5 Mb, Format: pdf

Advancing Frontiers in Mycology & Mycotechnology: Basic and Applied Aspects of Fungi

Author(s): Tulasi Satyanarayana, Sunil Kumar Deshmukh, Mukund V. Deshpande
ID: 2472230, Publisher: Springer Singapore, Year: 2019, Size: 17 Mb, Format: pdf

Recent Trends in Human and Animal Mycology

Author(s): Karuna Singh, Neelabh Srivastava
ID: 2472243, Publisher: Springer Singapore, Year: 2019, Size: 9 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are truly record-breakers according to The New York Times, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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