Best of Illinois: Exploring nature and finding fungus

The Best of Illinois regional catalog highlights some Press titles that focus on Midwestern subjects including history, art, architecture, food, politics, music and more.

Three titles that focus on natural history provide readers an opportunity to take an excursion into the wild places of Illinois and the surrounding states.

JeffordsS14Exploring Nature in Illinois
by Michael Jeffords and Susan Post is a field guide to fifty beautiful wildlife havens in the Land of Lincoln.

This lavishly illustrated book provides a panorama of the state’s overlooked natural diversity. Naturalists Jeffords and Post explore preserves, forests, restoration areas, and parks, bringing an expert view to wildlife and landscapes. Maps and descriptions help travelers access some of the harder-to-find sites.



KuoS14Mushrooms of the Midwest
by Michael Kuo and Andrew S. Methven is an all-in-one guide to finding, collecting, studying and saving over 500 mushroom species found throughout the Midwest.

The book offers a broad cross-section of fungi, edible and not, found growing in the diverse ecosystems stretching across nine states. Kuo and Methven give recommendations for scientific mushroom collecting, with special focus on ecological data and guidelines for preserving specimens. Lists of amateur mycological associations and herbaria of the Midwest are also included. A must-have for all mushroom enthusiasts!

McFarlandS09Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois and Surrounding States
by Joe McFarland and Gregory M. Mueller is filled with detail of which fungi are good for eating and how to identify the species best avoided at the table.

Veteran mycologists McFarland and Mueller impart expert advice on the best areas and time periods to locate forty different edible species of wild mushrooms. In addition to practical wisdom on preparing, storing, drying, and cooking with wild mushrooms, readers will find recipes for dishes including Beer Battered Morels, Parasol Mushroom Frittatas, and even Morel Tiramisu.


For a limited time you can purchases our regional Best of Illinois titles at a 40% discount with the promo code BEST40. Sale ends December 31, 2014.

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