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An elementary text-book of British fungi
subjects: mushrooms, cooking with,
An elementary text-book | of | British fungi. | Illustrated. | By | William Delisle Hay, F.R.G.S., | author of "Brighter Britain," etc., etc.
London: Swan Sonnenschein, Lowrey and Co; 1887
22.5 x 15.0 cm Pp [i-iv] v-vii [viii], 1-238 [239-244] Green cloth
GB: LB *LoEN OB
US: DLC OrCS NIC PU-BZ OU MH ICJ OCl
Printed on the title-page is the quotation ""To give and preserve to our use the kindly fruits of the earth, so as in due time we may enjoy them."'
In the preface, which is dated London, October 1886, the author says that beyond an elementary introduction to the study of fungi the book "is intended to cover, as comprehensively and accurately as possible, the entire subject of fungi considered as aliment.' In Chapter IV, pages 13-17, "On the economic use of fungi', he discusses the fungi-eating habits of different nations and argues that British people must make better economic use of mushrooms as food. In Chapter VII, pages 44-55, "On some common species of eatable mushrooms', he talks about the different types in terms of flavour and cookery method. Chapter VIII, pages 56-146, "A comprehensive catalogue of esculent British fungi', contains 221 numbered entries, each with comments on flavour and cookery. Appendix A, pages 201-205, is entitled "On the preparation of fungi for the table'. Appendix B, pages 206