Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast: A Comprehensive Guide to the Fungi of Coastal Northern California – Noah Siegel and Christian Schwarz (Ten Feed Press)
While enjoying a few adult libations with friends, I was cornered into a conversation with a friend’s college professor husband who proceeded to launch into a lengthy dissertation about of all things his mushroom hunting blog! Apparently he is among a group of nationally recognized and renowned fungi experts.
With my knowledge limited to the handful of readily available ‘shrooms of the cooking variety that are available at the local grocery store, I was not aware of the large variety of mushrooms that call our wonderful county home and that there was what I can only describe with tongue planted firmly in cheek as the bloodsport of mushroom hunting.
Well for those interested in learning more about the fungi that can be found along the northern most reaches of the California coastline, then Noah Siegel and Christian Schwarz have served up the most encyclopedic tome that I can imagine to deliver chapter and verse on that corner of the world entitled, Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast: A Comprehensive Guide to the Fungi of Coastal Northern California.
Siegel and Schwarz serve up the minutiae of mushrooms, cataloging some 700 varieties and offering up stunningly detailed descriptions and photography. They deliver the geography of where to track down these often rare breeds of the fungi world. Is this for everybody? Probably not, but for those who want the get their hunt on this is the perfect book to guide the way.