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David Arora's "All That the Rain Promises and More"

Updated: Jan 28



Mushroom enthusiasts and nature lovers, gather around! Today, we delve into the captivating realm of mycology with David Arora's classic field guide, "All That the Rain Promises and More." Published in 1991 by Ten Speed Press, this book stands as a testament to Arora's expertise and passion for fungi.

A Hip Pocket Guide To Western Mushrooms


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David's Book "All That the Rain Promises and More...

A Mycological Masterpiece

David Arora, an American naturalist, writer, and revered biologist, has etched his name in the annals of mycology with two seminal works. Following his 1979 hit, "Mushrooms Demystified," Arora graced the world with "All That the Rain Promises and More," a guide that's as informative as it is delightful.

More Than a Field Guide

What sets this book apart is its unique blend of practical knowledge and whimsical storytelling. Covering over 200 species of mushrooms, Arora provides detailed descriptions of both edible and poisonous varieties. But it's not just about identification – the book is peppered with recipes, anecdotes, and even uses of mushrooms for dyeing and entertainment.

A Dash of Fancy in the Factual

Arora himself addresses the eclectic mix of content in his preface, drawing a charming parallel between the factual nature of the guide and the fanciful tidbits that enrich it, much like how wild mushrooms can enhance a simple dish of potatoes. This approach not only makes the book a valuable resource for identification but also an enjoyable read.

A Handy Companion for Field Adventures


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In color pictures of Davids Book

Compact and colorful, "All That the Rain Promises and More" is designed for field use. Each mushroom is accompanied by key visual features, growth locations, edibility, and flavor profiles. It's the perfect size to tuck into your backpack during foraging trips.


Linking to the Mushroom Bible

For those who own Arora's "Mushrooms Demystified," this book serves as an excellent quick-reference companion. You can identify a mushroom in the wild with "All That the Rain Promises" and then dive into more detailed taxonomic information with its predecessor.

Critical Acclaim

Roger McKnight of The New York Times praised the guide as potentially "a long-lasting masterpiece in guide writing for all subjects." Such acclaim underlines the book's importance and utility in the world of mycology.

Book Details

  • Paperback: 263 pages

  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; F Second Printing Used edition (February 1, 1991)

  • Language: English

  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.6 x 7 inches

In Conclusion

"All That the Rain Promises and More" is more than just a field guide; it's a celebration of the fungi kingdom and a tribute to the joy of foraging. Whether you're a seasoned mycologist or a curious beginner, this book is a treasure trove of knowledge, waiting to be explored on your next outdoor adventure.

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