Mushrooms are an integral part of life on earth and have a long history of worldwide relevance. They help save lives, create forest ecosystems, store carbon, make new materials, build soil, and feed people, animals, plants, and all life as we know it.
I have long been a fan of mushrooms, but I honestly didn’t know much about them. So when I had the opportunity to review this book, I jumped at the chance. I’m so happy I did. This book feels a little like stepping into a fantasy world. Beautifully illustrated by Sara Richard and with an absolutely gorgeous design, I felt transported into the magical world of mushrooms.
The first part of the book takes you through the basics of mushrooms. Their life cycle, the different types of mushrooms, and basic terminology are all discussed. I found this part incredibly helpful. With short but detailed descriptions, I learned a lot but wasn’t overwhelmed either. Mushrooms are complicated, but this section of the book made them easier to understand.
The rest of the book is “profiles” of 75 different species of mushrooms. Each one includes detailed information on where they can be found, the type of environment they prefer, their uses by humans, including if they are edible, medicinal, etc., their common and Latin names, a lovely illustration of each, who first discovered and named the mushroom and much more. I found myself completely sucked into the book. Mushrooms are just so interesting!
If you are a nature geek like me, or if you like learning about weird and wonderful things, I highly recommend The Little Book of Mushrooms.
Thanks, Adams Media, an imprint of Simon & Schuster for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.