Recommended Reading

Selected References for Amateur Mycologists in the Pacific Northwest, initially compiled by Nancy Weber and Maggie Rogers, April 2004 and revised Jan 2016.

Entry Level

Pacific Northwest/ Western North America

  • Gilbert, Gary & Winkler, Daniel. Mycocards Deck 55 Boletes of Western North America. (Flashcard deck). 2021.
  • McKenny, M., Stuntz, D.E. and Ammirati J.F. The New Savory Wild Mushroom. University of Washington Press. 1987.
  • Smith, A.H. A Field Guide to Western Mushrooms. University of Michigan Press. 1975.
  • Trudell, Steve & Ammirati J.F. Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest. Timber Press, Inc. 2009.
  • Tylutki, E.E. Mushrooms of Idaho and the Pacific Northwest: 1979, Vol.1, Discomycetes. 1987, Vol. 2, Non-gilled Hymenomycetes, (Agaricales and Aphyllophorales). University of Idaho Press.
  • Evenson,V. S. Mushrooms of Colorado and the Southern Rocky Mountains. Westcliffe Publishers and Denver Museum of Natural History. 1997.
  • Winkler, Daniel. A Field Guide to Edible Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest. (pamphlet). 2011.

    National to continental, mix of Pacific NW and other fungi

  • Arora, D. All That the Rain Promises, and More. Ten Speed Press. 1991.
  • Lincoff, G.H. The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. 1981.
  • Marteka, V. Mushrooms Wild and Edible. W. W. Norton & Co. 1980.
  • Miller, O.K., Jr. Mushrooms of North America. E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc. 1972.
  • Smith, A.H. & Weber, N.S. The Mushroom Hunter's Field Guide. The Univ. of Michigan Press. 1980.

Intermediate/advanced Level

N. America north of Mexico/areas with similar climate & trees

  • Arora, D. Mushrooms Demystified, 2nd ed. Ten Speed Press. 1986.
  • Benjamin, Denis R. Mushrooms: poisons and panaceas. W. H. Freeman and Company. 1995.
  • Bessette, Alan E. et al. Milk Mushrooms of North America. Syracuse University Press. 2009.
  • Bessette, Alan E. et. al. Tricholomas of North America. University of Texas Press. 2013.
  • Bessette, Alan E. et. al. North American Boletes. Syracuse University Press. 2000.
  • Beug, Michael W. Ascomycete Fungi of North America. University of Texas Press. 2014.
  • Brodo, Irwin M et al. Lichens of North America. Yale University Press. 2001.
  • Kirk, P.M. et. al. Ainsworth & Bisby’s Dictionary of the Fungi. 9th Edition. CAB International. 2004.
  • Mad River Press. (Various authors & years). How to Identify Mushrooms to Genus: I, Macroscopic features; II, Field Identification of Genera; III., Microscopic features; IV, Keys to Families and Genera; V. Cultural and Developmental Features; VI, Modern Genera.
  • Mad River Press. (Various authors & years). The Agaricales (Gilled Fungi) of California. Eleven sections issued so far on 11 families or groups of gilled mushrooms, more in the works.
  • Siegel, Noah & Schwarz, Christian. Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast. Ten Speed Press. 2016.
  • Trappe, Matt & Evans, Frank & Trappe, James. Field Guide to North American Truffles. Ten Speed Press. 2007.


  • Cotter, Trad. Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation. Chelsea Green Publishing. 2014.
  • Stamets, Paul. Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms. Ten Speed Press. 1993.
  • Stamets, Paul. Mycelium Running. Ten Speed Press. 2005.
  • Stamets, Paul & Chilton, Jeff. The Mushroom Cultivator. Agarikon Press. 1983.

Dyeing and Crafts with Mushrooms:

  • Bessette, Arleen R. The Rainbow Beneath My Feet. Syracuse University Press. 2001.
  • Casselman, Karen D. Lichen Dyes. Dover Publications. The New Source Book. 2001.
  • Casselman, Karen D. Craft of the Dyer. Dover Publications. 2nd ed. 1993.
  • Dean, Jenny. The Craft of Natural Dyeing. Search Press. 5th ed. 2007.
  • Dean, Jenny. Wild Color. Watson-Guptil Publications. 2nd ed. 2010.
  • Rice, Miriam & Beebee, Dorothy. Mushrooms for Color. Mad River Press. 1980.
  • Rice, Miriam & Beebee, Dorothy. Mushrooms for Dyes, Paper, Pigments & Myco-Styx. Mushrooms for Color Press. 2007.

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