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BDS Book Festival – The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms

Avatar for Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: August 1, 2022
BDS Book Festival – The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms

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The Backdoor Survival Book Festival 4.0 continues, this time with The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms: Helpful Tips for Mushrooming in the Field by Pelle Holmberg and  Hans Marklund.  As with all of our book festival entries, there is a giveaway but first, a little bit about the book itself.

Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms

The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms

This pocket sized book addresses the ins and outs of foraging for wild mushrooms with helpful photos and charts plus plenty of tips to assure your safety when consuming your bounty.  It is designed to be carried out in the field with over 120 pages that cover topics such as where to find mushrooms, how to identify, harvest and clean them, and most important, how to prepare them for consumption.  Did you know, for example, that you should never eat wild mushrooms raw?

On each page where individual mushrooms are described, there is a photo plus a symbol denoting whether the particular species is edible or not and further, whether it is easy for beginners to identify or difficult to distinguish from a poisonous mushroom.  There is a section on how to avoid poisoning (start by eating a very small amount) and plenty of tips for avoiding look-alike mushrooms that can make you sick.

The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms is an excellent reference for learning about mushrooms and for making it easy to identify the good ones while avoiding the bad ones.

The Book Giveaway

A copy of The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms has been reserved for one lucky reader.  Here is this week’s question:

What native plants are available for foraging in your area?  (It is okay to respond saying you don’t know!)

To enter the giveaway, you need to answer this question by responding in the comments area at the end of this article. The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Wednesday with the winner notified by email announced in the Sunday Survival Buzz.  He or she will have 48 hours to claim the winning books.

Note: If you are reading this article in your email client, you must go to the Backdoor Survival website to enter this giveaway in the comments area at the bottom of the article.

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The Final Word

I am a lousy forager.  It is not that I don’t have the desire but that I fear I may eat the wrong berry, the wrong leaves or the wrong plant and poison myself.  Silly, I know, especially when there are so many excellent resources available to educate and to assist the newbie forager in finding safe, geographically appropriate species suitable for consumption.

While I am still a bit nervous about foraging for mushrooms on my own, it will be fun to take this pocket guide out in the field and use it to identify the wild mushrooms in my area.  For consumption, however, I think I will stick to wild blackberries for now!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight Item:  The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms: Helpful Tips for Mushrooming in the Field

When you’re in the wild and you spot a nice-looking mushroom, how do you know if it is safe to eat? This is the perfect book to bring along when foraging for wild mushrooms. Inside its neatly arranged pages are fifty-two edible mushrooms as well as the mushrooms with which they are often confused, whether edible or toxic.

Beautiful photographs adorn the pages with mushrooms in the wild as well as picked, showing them from a multitude of angles. Study these photographs and you will become adept at recognizing edible and safe mushrooms.

Bargain Bin:  Today is all about books.  Listed below are all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival. There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and a bit of something for everyone.owl reading book


Backyard Cuisine: Bringing Foraged Food to Your Table
Home Remedies
Living on the Edge: A Family’s Journey to Self-Sufficiency
Make It Last: Prolonging + Preserving the Things We Love
Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills
The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms: Helpful Tips for Mushrooming in the Field
Good Clean Food
The Amazing 2000-Hour Flashlight
Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living
The People’s Apocalypse
Go Green, Spend Less, Live Better


Going Home: A Novel of Survival (The Survivalist Series)
Surviving Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series)
Expatriates: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse
The Border Marches
Rivers: A Novel
After the Blackout
The End: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World Series)
The Long Road: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World Series)
3 Prepper Romances:  Escape To My Arms, plus 2 other e-books (your choice)
Prepper Pete Prepares: An Introduction to Prepping for Kids


The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
Escaping Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series)
Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival


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132 Responses to “BDS Book Festival – The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms”

  1. We have wild briar berries, which they call Dew berries here. Dandelion, sage, wild onions, redbuds, milkweed, thistle, pecan trees. Recently we’ve had a lot of mushrooms popping up n im trying to discover if they are edible or not.

  2. My husband and I live in NW GA on a ridge between Pigeon Mountain and Lookout Mountain. We’re new to the area but have already found huckleberries, blackberries, may pop and hickory nuts. I intend to go mushroom hunting in the area this fall.

  3. In my area of northwest Pennsylvania wild plants are ginseng, black berries,raspberries, tea berries, acorns, hazelnut, wild mint,and the list goes on.

  4. I harvested Lamb’s Quarter last summer, and there is a huge Prickly Pear cactus patch on our property that I have not yet learned how to harvest.

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