Michigan and the Great Lakes


Michael Kuo
A comprehensive, accessible book for both amateur morel hunters and mushroom scientists about one of North America's most popular outdoor activities


Filled to the brim with information about the science and sport of finding, identifying, and savoring these world-renowned fungi, Morels is a far-ranging, reader-friendly book about one of America's most popular and passionately pursued outdoor activities.

Author Michael Kuo brings years of morel-hunting experience to Morels, delivering detailed information in an engaging, readable style to seasoned morel hunters and beginners alike.

Morels includes extensive information on the art of hunting morels and on current scientific knowledge regarding these delectable fungi. In addition, Kuo compiles easy-to-understand information on the latest scientific research into morels, from studies into how they grow to DNA-based classification of species.

With over two hundred color photographs.

Michael Kuo, an English teacher in Illinois, is the developer of mushroomexpert.com, a popular online resource for mushroom identification and morel hunting.

Praise / Awards

  • "Michael Kuo offers an engaging survey of a diverse group of fungi whose fruiting bodies are among the most prized edible mushrooms. Morels is a lavishly illustrated poem that will be relished by amateur and professional mycologists alike."
    —Nicholas P. Money, author of Mr. Bloomfield's Orchard: The Mysterious World of Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycologists

  • ". . . Michael Kuo brings years of morel-hunting experience to his Morels. . . . Details go beyond most competing identification guides to cover how to look for them, the latest scientific research on how they grow and DNA-based classification of species, habitats from apple orchards to burn sites, and morel festivals and cooking competitions. Add color photos and first-person insights throughout and you have a pairing of research and field guide unparalleled in depth and accessibility."
    Midwest Book Review

  • "Kuo's comprehensive monograph on a foolproof fungus of outstanding flavor should bring more pickers into the fields (alas). . . . His book will stand alone for years as the authority on natural history and gathering. He covers false morels, habitats, hunting and feasting, the addicts—theory-wise & looney—including speculation on culture of this mysterious delight. . . . A book of wide appeal."
    SciTech Book News

  • "This beautiful book would be a treasure to add to the bookshelf of anyone who loves mushrooms, but it is of particular interest to mycologists and mushroom hunters everywhere."

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Product Details

  • 7 x 10.
  • 216pp.
  • 202 color & B&W photographs.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Paper
  • 2005
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-03036-1

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  • $27.95 U.S.