By David L Spahr
One of our favorite mushroom guides for beginner foragers, Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada is literally that: it focuses ONLY on mushrooms that have culinary or medicinal value. Traditional field guides are packed with hundreds of all kinds of mushrooms that may not even grow in your area, and that can be intimidating for first timers.
Although not a pocket guide, this book is simple, easy to use and does half the work for you while foraging: if the mushroom you are looking at is not in the book, move along! In addition to identification, it includes information about where and when to find them and how to prepare them afterwards.