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The Very Best Books on Growing Mushrooms at Home. Step by Step Guides to Make Mushrooms Cultivation Easy and Successful!

Do you want to start exploring the fascinating world of mushrooms?

These mushroom cultivation books will help you expand your knowledge, start producing your mushrooms, for your family or as a form of income.

Our list of books on growing mushrooms is perfect for beginners or intermediates mushrooms-growers-wanna-be.

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Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World

by Paul Stamets, 2005


The first book of our list is a masterpiece, probably the masterpiece about fungi, Mycelium Running is rich with excellent microscopy images.

Not a practical guide on growing mushrooms but a book you absolutely need to read before starting farming. Especially if you want to start with medical mushrooms.

Paul Stamets is a a radical thinker who illustrates countless nonharmful possibilities to save our environment and our health. And all the solutions are just under our feet.

Mushrooms are an endless world that can change our world if we stop considering them merely useful as food.

Check out Paul Stamets’ TED talk “6 Ways Mushrooms Can Save The World” and watch the superb documentary “Fantastic Fungi“.




Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms

Paul Stamets, 2000


Another Stamets’ book, this time a practical guide on growing medicinal mushrooms commercially or for your personal use.

This book is more for intermediate growers rather then complete beginners. It illustrates how to grow many variates of mushrooms, from blue oyster to reishi mushrooms.

Highly detailed instructions for every aspect of cultivating fungi; substrata to use for the different species, temperature, sterilization, humidity and so on.

Not great quality pictures, the book is more than 20 years old.




Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation: Simple to Advanced and Experimental Techniques for Indoor and Outdoor Cultivation

by Tradd Cotter, 2014


Comprehensive guide on growing mushrooms, filled with great photos and hand drawn diagrams.

Tradd Cotter presents several different approaches to achieve the same goal, making Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation a great starter book for those who are learning about mycology.

Even if filled with a lot of scientific concepts, the writing is simple and engaging.




Mushroom Cultivation: An Illustrated Guide to Growing Your Own Mushrooms at Home

by Tavis Lynch, 2018


This beautiful book by Tavis Lynch illustrates a few types of mushrooms and the basics technique to cultivate them.

Being a guide for beginners doesn’t want to give you an overload of information but just what you need to get started and be successful.

Well written and sold at a very affordable price considering the amount of illustrations. The pictures are a great to clearly show what to do and how.




Mushroom Cultivation: 12 Ways to Become the MacGyver of Mushrooms

by Richard Bray, 2019


If you have always dreamt of growing mushrooms that are difficult if not impossible to find at the supermarket but put the dream aside thinking is just to complicated, this book is for you.

Oyster, Shiitake, Button, Enokitake, Lion’s Mane, Wine Cap, Maitake and many more types of mushrooms are much more easy to cultivate at home that what you think.

Authoritative and very knowledgeable info about each step of the process and each variety of mushroom.



Host Defense – The Mushroom Cultivator: A Practical Guide to Growing Mushrooms at Home

by Paul Stamets and J.S. Chilton, 1984


Third and last book of Paul Stamets in this list, we really suggest you to get the 3 of them.

The Mushroom Cultivator might be more oriented towards people who want to start a commercial activity rather than a simple home growing experience.

The book explains different methods of cultivation, and how mycelium works. Surely a book to have in your collection.




The Essential Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms: Simple and Advanced Techniques for Growing Shiitake, Oyster, Lion’s Mane, and Maitake Mushrooms at Home

by Stephen Russel, 2014


This book contains some basics information on growing mushrooms using mushroom kits as well as working with grain spawn.

From beginner to advanced but more oriented to those intending to cultivate professionally, it’s another must have in your collection.

It gives you all the necessary basic knowledge to get started, completing the information with many pictures and diagrams.




All That the Rain Promises and More: A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms

by David Arora, 1991


After more than 30 years, All That the Rain Promises and More is still a best seller in the mushrooms world.

Written by American naturalist David Aurora, this book is not about growing but about identification, something you need to know if you want to grow mushrooms.

It will also gives you ideas on what type of mushrooms are growing around you and can be grown in your house.




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