The decision of which book(s) you should purchase will be based on your interests and how deep you'd like to dive into this hobby.
*We do not sell any of these books, but images provided will link to Amazon, where they are usually available. Its also worth checking to see if there is a second hand copy available at www.abebooks.com or www.thriftbooks.com where they are often much cheaper, if they are available.
Generalized North America
These books cover general interest across the US or North America (or a large enough portion to warrant placement here)
This tome has been called the gospel of mushroom identification. While many entries are dated in classification, no other book has nearly the range of information that this book does. We highly recommend this book for those seeking to both learn about mushrooms/fungi and ID them.
These books focus on the eco-regions that are present in Alabama
This guide has beautiful photographs that cover the Georgia Piedmont and Southern Appalachians, regions that extend into NE Alabama.
If you really want to learn about fungi, this is a must-have and well worth the price-tag.
These books will cover specific types or aspects of mushrooms.
An excellent book covering the Etymology, Pronunciation, and Meanings of over 1,500 Words that are related to mushrooms and fungi.
By Britt Bunyard and Jay Justice. Discover the Amanitas of North America! Amanitas arguably are the most recognized and fascinating of all mushrooms. Amanita species mostly are big and showy, and ubiquitous over most of the planet wherever terrestrial plants grow. These mushrooms have been the subject of lore, make the news headlines with regularity, and Amanitas have even changed the course of world history.
With so few English titles that focus on fungal microscopy, this book stands apart as a necessary reference on microscopic features of mushrooms, techniques and materials.