The Honey Connoisseur: Selecting, Tasting, and Pairing Honey, With a Guide to More Than 30 Varietals
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The Honey Connoisseur: Selecting, Tasting, and Pairing Honey, With a Guide to More Than 30 Varietals

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From honey experts C. Marina Marchese and Kim Flottum comes this comprehensive introduction to the origin, flavor, and culinary uses of more than 30 varietals of honey, from ubiquitous clover to tangy star thistle to rich, smoky buckwheat

Like wine, cheese, coffee, and chocolate, honey has emerged as an artisanal obsession. Its popularity at farmers' markets and specialty...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (first published May 7th 2013)
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Interesting for what it left out as much as for what it included. No eucalyptus honey? No acacia? Still, it covered a lot of ground- or maybe a lot of flowers. Many interesting facts about both plants and their habits as well as the flowers/nectars/honeys produced by the bees working them. There was a good chapter on adulterants and their ubiquity. A lot of the pairings, as well as some of the tasting notes, struck me as too, too.
Aug 26, 2013 Leanne marked it as did-not-finish
Originally posted on Literary Excursion.

I had to mark this book (ARC copy) as DNF. I really would have liked to read it, but less than 40 pages in I had encountered two occurrences of either one or a chunk of pages missing. I can't spend time reading a book I only received in part, so sadly it's going to be impossible for me to review it.

The things I did like in the few pages I could actually read:

All the headings are in the same multicolored honey and amber hues as the cover title. This along w...more
Read: Summer 2013
Where It Came From: eARC from publisher via NetGalley*
Genre: Non-fiction with a side of cooking
Rating: 4.5 Happy Honeybees

This book made me want to find a swirly skirt and go spin around in a verdant field somewhere à la Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music. Does that sound weird for a book about honey? I might have thought so prior to reading, but it’s really not—as this book enlightened me, so much of how honey tastes is dependent on the land where it’s produced, and The Honey...more
This book opened this reviewer's eyes, so to speak, as one never imagined that there was so much variety in honey. Of course, when you think about it and rationalise it, it is fairly obvious, but unless you are a particular fan of honey you might be forgiven for just picking up whatever honey is cheapest from the store when you need "honey" for your cooking. This reviewer is guilty as charged.

So this book presents a very detailed, yet lightly-written, look at the rich, diverse world of honey, co...more
Kristina Arnold
Especially enjoyed the pairings and recipes!
Beautiful book and very interesting.
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