Common Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms of New York is a handy book and a good starting point for the budding amateur mycologist. It gives you a nice overview of what you want to keep your eyes open for. I finally found some boleti edulium as a result. However, it is in no way comprehensive. The myriad of mushroom varieties in New York State is mindboggling. This book makes it seem like there are a couple dozen edibles and a couple dozen poisonous types. Actually walking around in the woods puts this book in perspective. For every mushroom I have found that is included in this book, I have probably found 5 that are not and of those 5, one or two might look promising, but are not a perfect match with the mushrooms described in this book. This is a good supplement and if you live in NY State, it is probably something you should buy. However you should still have a big mushroom book with lots of listings for all those other mushrooms you will certainly find and wonder about.
As to the cooking portion of this book... I would have preferred simpler recipes that emphasize the flavors of the mushroom rather than the cheesy (pun intended) dishes that are given. The food styling and artificial light photography is not very appealing either. ...nice idea, but not very inviting execution.