By Walter E. Sturgeon
This book is an introduction and identification guide to many of the wild mushrooms found in Appalachian forests and fields. Included in this book is information about edibility. Every effort has been made to provide the most accurate information available relating to the species discussed here. However, many many more species occur in these woodlands that can be included in this book.
Wild mushrooms may be poisonous, and some poisonous species may resemble edible varieties discussed here. Even if not generally poisonous, other wild mushrooms may cause allergic or other negative reactions in particular individuals. Before eating a wild mushroom, be absolutely certain that it is not poisonous and that it has been identified correctly.