“[W]hen this honey connoisseur speaks of the sweet substance as ‘the truest distillation of the landscape,’ it’s easy to be seduced by the idea. You’ll want to participate in a honey tasting after finishing this book.”
(Sierra Club’s The Green Life blog
Whether describing the life of an individual bee from her start as an egg to her death from hard work roughly six weeks later, or how honey is made from flower nectar by the alchemy of the bees, the author’s passion for the subject shines through. (Booklist
This book by the poetic E. Readicker-Henderson and the talented photographer Ilona far exceeded my wildest expectations. I am, in short, in love with this book! ... Readers, I implore you. Buy this book. Then buy it for others. And teach your children every word. Every one. (Kathryn Hall PlantWhateverBringsYouJoy.com
"Amazing photography and whimsical yet engaging text."
"Filled with just the right mixtures of learning, personal narrative and historical facts, this piece is enhanced by strikingly beautiful photographs by Ilona, set among the pages like brilliant gems. The prose is comprehensible and inspiring."
(Sacramento Book Review
"Readicker-Henderson … makes no apology for his very personal delight in the succulent ambrosia of honey and his enthusiasm for local products rather than the bland, sweet, blended gloop sold in plastic bottles."
"Honey is a main subject of this delightful book … certainly our diet cannot be the same without honey bees." (Recorder
“This is a short and accessible narrative, written through the author’s personal experience growing up with honey and becoming a beekeeper. His delight and dedication to bees comes through, and Ilona’s images are gorgeous.”
(Elizabeth Licata Buffalo Spree
The amazing photography and the engaging text are fabulous. (Sara Busse Charlston Gazette
About the Author
Ilona McCarty is renowned for her close-up work of flowers and nature. Her book Fleurish
was honored with a Lucie International Photography Award in 2006. She lives in Salmon, ID.
E. Readicker-Henderson is a beekeeper turned regular writer and contributor to National Geographic Traveler, Sierra
, and others, and has won numerous awards for his writing. He lives in Bellingham, WA.