Book Reviews of Matsutake Mushroom.

In his new book,...Jerry Guin provides a useful guide to this popular and profitable fungus. He begins with practical information on identifying "matsis," plus how-to, where-to and when-to facts, along with advice on prices fluctuations, permits, gear, hazards, buyers, useful books and Internet sites. The rest of the book comprises Guin's day-to-day journal of his 1993 mushroom hunting season, from September to December, with his results carefully tabulated by pound, grade, and prices paid.
   "While a bit repetitive and of marginal use as a guide to the best picking spots--mushroomers are as secretive as fishermen about lucky sites--the journal gives potential mushroomers a realistic idea of the work required in making a living, valuable first-hand experience, and humorous anecdotes."