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Maple Sugar: From Sap to Syrup: The History, Lore, and How-To Behind This Sweet Treat
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Maple Sugar: From Sap to Syrup: The History, Lore, and How-To Behind This Sweet Treat [Kindle Edition]

Tim Herd
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Book Description

A perfect gift for maple lovers! Savor the surprising history of maple sugaring, learn to identify the various kinds of maple trees, discover how to tap your own trees and make your own syrup, and indulge yourself with more than 20 tempting recipes for old-fashioned treats like maple nut bread, maple eggnog, baked beans, maple nutmeg butternut squash, maple-glazed salmon, and pecan pie. What could be sweeter?

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The Magnificent Maple
Is pure maple syrup your sweetener of choice? Do you look forward to pancake breakfasts at steamy sugar shacks every spring? Are you tempted to try tapping the trees in your backyard? Maple Sugar guides you through every step of home production and provides a fascinating glimpse into the legends, history, and inner workings of the maple tree and its sweet sap.

About the Author

Tim Herd is the executive director of a parks and open space commission in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. He was the founder and director of The Roving Nature Center, America’s first fully mobile environmental education center, and has been nationally recognized for his “demonstrated commitment and exceptional contribution to the proper stewardship of America’s national and cultural resources” by the Take Pride in America Campaign. An engaging and dynamic speaker, Herd has made thousands of presentations to audiences of all ages on a wide variety of natural history and motivational topics. He was the nationally syndicated feature writer of Nature Newswatch and is the author of Maple Sugar, Kaleidoscope Sky, and Discover Nature in the Weather.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4324 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (October 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #645,922 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maple Sugar: From Sap To Syrup March 31, 2011
I never really stopped to consider the actual history behind the tapping of a maple tree. This book is an amazing source of information! It begins with the lore...stories of ancient Gods and early people and how the maple tree got it's sap. Nearly every Native American tribe has a similar story in their history, dating back thousands of years to prewritten history! Tapping the trees was a way of life to the Native Americans but the influx of Europeans helped develop the sugaring practices that are still alive today. The author includes historical time lines, letters from early settlers, and so many interesting tidbits that there is something new to learn on every page! I did not know that maple sugar has 15 times the nutritional value of honey, for example! And I was truly amazed to learn that maple sugar was even involved in political issues! Abolitionists supported maple sugar because it was produced without slave labor or human trafficking (unlike the cane sugar industry!)

For the botanist in you, there is information on all the varieties of maple trees. This includes hand drawn pictures of leaves, bark, branches, flowers, etc to help you identify a maple tree from an oak tree! As the author mentions, it is a waste of time to tap an oak! There is a great 'do it yourself' section that makes me want to go up to my neighbor's maple tree and put in a tap! Too bad I don't have any of my own! Directions for the 'home sugarer' on how to set up your fire pit and what type of pan to use, etc. The final section is a small chapter on recipes. There are recipes for maple nut muffins, maple eggnog, and about 2 dozen more. If I could make one change to this book it would be to add more recipes!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected February 21, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed the history but I thought this book would give more details about how to make syrup. I will look for another book more about making syrup.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple and Nicely Done December 28, 2012
Written in a simple, direct style and full of gorgeous photos, this is a small book but a great resource. It's got lore and interesting historical facts, as well as all the information you need to get started sugaring yourself. I particularly appreciated the descriptions and illustrations of the various types of maple trees and how to identify them in every season. Definitely a great option if you're in need of an intro to sugaring!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book and good value May 5, 2011
By gremark
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"Maple Sugar, From Sap to Syrup" is a highly polished and well constructed overview of sugaring history and technique. The basics are well covered, including maple tree varieties and sap attributes. Even a backyard sapmaker would have little to search for elsewhere. Entertaining and a good value for the price.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Use me and don't abuse me (maple sugar) December 23, 2011
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As I have been making maple sugar and syrup for several years I like to read how others use the products. This book takes you from tapping a tree to using what you've made in delicious recipes. If you are new to sugarin' then this book will help you out.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book and gift! November 4, 2011
By Witmer
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I bought this book for my grandfather along with some Maple Walnut Fudge. He has always been a huge Maple sugar lover. It was a hit!! He really enjoyed reading it. It was short, but sweet. Gave a lot of information plus some wonderful recipes in the back of the book. I would definitely recommend this book as a gift for any maple fan.
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