Book Review: Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast

by Toni Leland

I had the pleasure of receiving a review copy of Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast by Noah Siegel and Christian Schwarz. This is a comprehensive guide to the fungi of coastal northern California, and all I can say is: I'm impressed! Beautiful book.


This amazing volume is a treasure for anyone interested in collecting or just knowing about the fungi of coastal northern California. The book is comprehensive and well-written, with excellent photographs of every entry. Extra information includes a general overview of mushrooms, their morphology and ecology, and a section on the trees of the coastal region - complete with photographs and descriptions.



Collecting and identification are covered extensively, and the book concludes with a glossary, list of additional reading material, bibliography, and complete index.



My only complaint – a big one – is the size of the type used. The entire book is printed in what looks like 6 point type. Very difficult to read for anyone without perfect eyesight.