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I use the Audubon guide with both of David Aurora’s pocket guide and mushrooms demystified, primarily.  I am way down south hunting the southern Rockies.  Neither are comprehensive by any means and location is paramount for what guide you use.  Nomenclature also changes which is a constant burr in my side.

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There are several field guides that are specific to southeastern United States and/or the gulf coast states. Authors include Alan/Arleen Bessette, Elliot, Stephenson.

The Audubon guide is an excellent source of information pertaining to mushroom species that span the continent of North America. Using this guide is challenging for a novice mushroom enthusiast. However, it is recommended as a complementary source of info used alongside regional guides. One drawback to the Audubon guide is that the scientific names have not been updated even though many of these names have changed since the Audubon guide was first published. (Author Gary Lincoff had offered to help produce an edition of Audubon that includes updated Latin binomial names, but the publisher declined his offer.) 

Arora's field guides are excellent, although his emphasis is on mushroom species that occur in western North America (the Rocky Mountains and points west). East of the Rockies mushroom species are mostly different from the west. 

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You might be interested in joining a foraging group to go out with in the beginning in addition to the book.  These group are very knowledgeable and can show you first hand how to identify ones that grow near you.

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On ‚Äé3‚Äé/‚Äé13‚Äé/‚Äé2020 at 2:02 PM, Oliver said:

You might be interested in joining a foraging group to go out with in the beginning in addition to the book.  These group are very knowledgeable and can show you first hand how to identify ones that grow near you.

Going with an experienced mycophagist or group is always the best way to learn. Bar none. Some forays charge a small fee...still worth it.

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