My current selection of reference material for mycology and mushroom identification:

*The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms, Gary H. Lincoff
Alfred A. Knopf, 1981
ISBN 0-394-51992-2

I don’t know how I managed to score this book for a buck at a yard sale. It can be found on Amazon selling for $2,730.68! I don’t know of a more detailed field guide. The photographs are in full colour and are of excellent quality and detail. It’s my go-to book.

Mushrooms of Western Canada, Helene M.E. Schalkwijk-Barendsen
Lone Pine, 1991
ISBN 0-919433-47-2

If something isn’t making sense in the Audubon book I turn to this one. It’s specific to my region. While the illustrations are hand-drawn, they are well depicted and in colour. Handwritten notes of the specific park or lake where the mushroom was found impressed me.

Mushrooms, Kent H. McKnight/Vera B. McKnight
Peterson Field Guides, 1987
ISBN 0-395-42102-0

Another book with hand-drawn illustrations, some in colour, some in black and white. Format and font remind me of a Dostoyevsky novel, and the publisher wished to make it clear which mushrooms are “used for ‘recreational’ purposes by the drug cult”. I’m hard pressed to reach for this book.

Mushrooms, Patrick Harding
Collins Gem, 2012
ISBN 978-0-00-718307-4

Small pocketbook, covering all the basics, although I believe it’s more specific for Europe or Britain. Suitable children’s bedtime story book.

*The only book I’d replace in a heartbeat