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Leah Looks At: Foraging Mushrooms

By on June 25, 2022 in Legends of Tabletop with 0 Comments

Foraging Mushrooms Identification Field Guide of the Pacific Northwest: Wild Edible Mushrooms and Recipes of North America (Regional Edible Foraging Series)
By Bleu Sayles

Published May 30, 2022

Part of: Regional Edible Foraging Series (2 books)

In this fundamental reference, Bleu Sayles’ gentle words of reassurance guide the reader through a plunderous primer: Necessary supplies, what to expect, proper preparation for the quest of seasonal and wild bounty.

The most useful information I found in this pictorial library essential is a listing of what mushroom types often mimic edible species. The reader learns how to correctly distinguish the difference between a dinner delicacy or internal organ failure.


This toxic lookalike taunts passerby while I take my dog for a stroll.

I greatly appreciate Bleu’s eye toward sustainability and correct harvesting practices to ensure mycological cycles continue to flourish, wherever those fruiting bodies may be found.

In our economic and ecological climate of change, it is always helpful to know what flora can be successfully placed on your plate at minimal cost, without risk or harm.

This tome carries the reader through basic processes with an equal measure of excitement and caution.

One of the portions that I found appealing were the recipes, how to savor the results of a successful day of discovery, whether it be at the local park or the local Farmer’s Market: many of these species are interchangeable.
I am always eager to taste a new dish sourced from these much neglected mushies.


The assembly line.

The tasty morsels were enjoyed by all.


I credit Foraging Mushrooms Identification Field Guide of the Pacific Northwest: Wild Edible Mushrooms and Recipes of North America with the success of both my recent meal and confidence I’ve gained in identifying certain species of mushrooms in the wild.

As we’ve seen in pictures above, I am also confident that the recipes contained within the book are sound. Foraging Mushrooms… is a reliable resource for the home library.

I am eager to obtain the first in the series, pictured below.




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