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The Fresh Honey Cookbook: 84 Recipes from a Beekeeper's Kitchen Paperback – September 10, 2013
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Honey through the seasons
Sweeten your table with 84 recipes inspired by honeybees, the food they pollinate, and the golden sweetener they produce. Highlighting a different honey varietal each month, beekeeper and chef Laurey Masterton offers honey-tasting tips and vibrant recipes that deliver amazing dishes, both savory and sweet. In every season, Laurey encourages a deeper appreciation of honeybees through fascinating glimpses into the life of a hive.
About the Author
The late Laurey Masterton was a beekeeper, café owner, caterer, and chef/spokesperson for The National Honey Board who enthusiastically taught the benefits of using and eating local ingredients. She grew up in Vermont and lived in North Carolina where she started Laurey’s Café.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is organized into chapters by the season and months of the year. Each season lists the chores of the beekeeper and then is divided into individual months with recipes. There is a variety of recipes from appetizers through desserts and even some drinks.
Here's what I liked: Beautiful color pictures of beekeeping throughout the year and of some of the recipes. I also enjoyed reading about Ms. Masterton's adventures in beekeeping and all of the fun bee facts throughout the book.
What I think could have been improved: not all of the recipes have pictures. I always find it more difficult to get excited about a recipe without a pretty picture. I also would have liked more recipes with honey.
As a novice beekeeper, I really enjoyed this book for it's beekeeping tips and recipes. Perhaps it should have been titled simply "Recipes from a Beekeeper's Kitchen".
*ARC courtesy of Storey Publishing, provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*
Being a photographer, I love the work of Johnny Autry, and with his wife, Charlotte, as the food stylist, they have, along with the collaboration of Laurey's recipes and details of beekeeping, presented a beautiful book. If this isn't enough, Laurey goes into great detail on beekeeping, the importance of bees, trivia on bees and most candidly, her failure two seasons in a row in beekeeping. I always appreciate when writer's are candid.
This is a delightful book, written by an author who lives in my hometown of Asheville–and whose eatery, Laurey’s Cafe, I have often frequented.Masterton highlights a different honey each month, and she then presents a different appetizer, soup, salad, main course, side, dessert and beverage for each month.
But what makes the book especially interesting to me were the many interesting facts that I learned about bees by reading; for example:
* Honeybees must visit 2 million flowers to collect enough nectar to make 1 pound of honey. It takes 55,000 miles of flight to reach this many flowers–a little more than twice the Earth’s circumference.And I enjoyed learning about how to coexist with bees, and how they can actually help you in many ways–such as the following:
* Bees make honey from the flowers and flowering plants that are within a 3 to 5 radius of their hive. If you suffer from spring allergies, try eating honey from your area, as this is known to alleviate allergy symptoms.
I also liked the various quotes throughout the book, including this one:
The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others.–Saint John Chrysostom
Kudos to John Autry for his vibrant photographs that added to my enjoyment of the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this looks like a great book. Can't wait to get started using these recipes.Published 4 months ago by tari
This book is full of good information about honey and recites with honey. I am using this book along to make good food with honey.Published 8 months ago by big bird
Beautiful book...love it...Not just some wonderful sounding recipes but lots of interesting facts about bees and honey!Published 13 months ago by Sonia R. Martinez
Good book, interesting talking about the different honeys, not as good as I had expectedPublished 14 months ago by BRITBORN
This is a great cookbook---if you like honey. I was interested in the information,
I liked learning facts about different kinds and taste of honey. Read more
I was looking for "sugar to honey" comparison.
Cooking cheesecake with honey?
The book is good but not what I was looking for.