Check out what adventurous Victorians were doing with Britain's edible fungi. Cooke was a leading mycologist and botanist of his time who wrote extensively on fungi and mushrooms, his 'Edible & Poisonous Mushrooms: What to Eat and What to Avoid' (to give the book its full title) being aimed at the layman interested in hunting fungi - to eat or simply to 'spot' - published almost thirty years after his first key mycological work: 'A Plain and Easy Account of British Fungi' .
The text and excellent coloured illustrations cover 26 edible species and 22 poisonous ones, with the author offering plenty of advice on safe fungi hunting, plus warnings on key features of many of the deadly species, as well as simple tips on how to cook the edible species. More extensive recipes are given in his larger work 'British Edible Fungi'  together with more in-depth background to each species.
All three books give an insight into what inquiring Victorian minds were doing with edible fungi, although Cooke believed that the ability of his readers to identify ten to twelve edible species would be more than enough to satisfy their culinary needs and not be a limiting factor. Cooke himself ate around sixty of the 70 to 80 edible mushrooms then known in the British Isles.
The contents of the cased CD-ROM run like a website from the disc, so if you have a modern PC (or Mac) and a recent copy of a web browser you should be able to run the CDROM.
UK Price: 6.00 + £1.50 UK P&P.
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