We're commonly asked what books are recommended, so here's some of our favorites.
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, often the cheapest option
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.
Another great, but very dated guide. The keys used to determine identification in this books is pretty good, but not excellent.
These books focus on the eco-regions that are present in Alabama
From Woehrel and Light comes a comprehensive guide with beautiful photographs that covers the Georgia Piedmont and Southern Appalachians, regions that extend into NE Alabama.
This 600+ page book also provides a
near comprehensive discussion of fungi in general with an easy-to-read textbook style.
If you really want to learn about fungi, this is a must-have and well worth the price-tag.
A good guide to the more common mushrooms of the Southeast with an easy to follow key and decent pictures.
This guide by Walter Sturgeon is a great go-to for Appalachian eco-regions.
An unfortunately expensive guide. If you don't mind shelling out the extra money, it's another great book by The Bessettes and Roody and Dunaway.
These books will cover specific types or aspects of mushrooms.
This is the older guide to Boletes by the Bessettes (authors we highly recommend) which spans North America.
This is the newer, but more focused Bolete book by the Bessettes that is as gorgeous as it is informative. A must-have for Bolete enthusiasts.
Milk Mushrooms of North America: A Field Identification Guide to the Genus Lactarius
Covering more than 150 species of The genus Lactarius and its allies that occur in North America with beautiful color photos.
Covering the large genus Tricholoma with over 100 species and color panels.
A focus on members of the Hygrophoraceae family, commonly known as waxcaps which are often visually stunning, just like the images in this book.
An excellent book covering the Etymology, Pronunciation, and Meanings of over 1,500 Words that are related to mushrooms and fungi.
The more you know about the words, the easier it will be to learn them!
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.
We do not receive any compensation for these recommendations, we just want you to have a list of quality publications.