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Spoonfuls of Honey: A complete guide to honey's flavours & culinary uses, with over 80 recipes Hardcover – September 4, 2014
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About the Author
Hattie Ellis is author of several award-winning books, including Sweetness & Light: The Mysterious History of the Honeybee, What to Eat, Planet Chicken and Best of British Fish. She has written about bees and honey in numerous publications, including The Times Magazine, the Telegraph Weekend section, FT Weekend, Delicious, Kew Magazine and The Field. In 2013 Hattie won two Guild of Food Writers Awards: What to Eat? 10 Chewy Questions About Food won both the Miriam Polunin Award for Work on Healthy Eating and the Food Book Award.
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Spoonfuls of Honey is a definitive book on anything you ever wanted to know about honey, from the different types of honey, to explanations of crystallization, how it is removed from the comb to nutrition. There is a section on honey in the kitchen along with recipes. There is another section on what kinds to purchase and storing of the honey. There are light honeys, medium honeys and dark honeys.
Did you know that in WWI, honey was used on the wounded to treat their wounds? Honey has significant antibacterial properties and some cultures use honey for cuts and abrasions. Bees play an important role in pollination of plants and flowers and are crucial to the environment.
You can use honey as is as a syrup, in butters, and in most recipes that use sugar. I love honey in tea, I prefer it to sugar and honey used in recipes for meat are fantastic. One of the recipes is Chicken with honey, lemon and thyme. That sure does sound good, I think I will make this one the next time I have chicken. Not only can you use honey on meats but on vegetables and fruits as well. Great in sauces and dips.
I love this book, I will certainly be going to this cookbook for recipes with honey. I highly recommend this book for the discerning cook!
I received a copy for review and was not monetarily compensated for my review.
Following this are several chapters of wonderful-sounding recipes from simple to complex for all times of day and all parts of the meal. They are collected from all over the world. Because honey is used in so many ways, these recipes will give you some different flavors and textures to your meal.
A nice feature of the recipes is that measurements and temperatures are listed so that the book can be used in many countries. That's very helpful, especially to newer cooks.
The book ends with a listing from A to Z of many flavors of honey. For honey lovers this will give new ideas of honeys to try.
An excellent book for those who want to explore the use of honey in cooking.
Basic descriptions of different types of honey, tasting honey tips, different colors of honey and other fun facts give a good honey primer. I previewed a copy via NetGalley, but this is a book many will enjoy. Sadly many will pass by and you shouldn't. Tasty recipes alone are worth the cost. If you're looking to expand your diet and reduce sugar, start here.
If you have even a passing interest in honey and how you can take advantage of its best properties, this is the book for you. Highly recommended.
* I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. *