The Backyard Beekeeper’s Honey Handbook

Bees Backyard BeekeeperMany, many cookbooks focus on cooking with honey.

The Backyard Beekeeper’s Honey Handbook: A Guide to Creating, Harvesting, and Cooking with Natural Honeys, by Kim Flottum (2005, reprint 2009) goes a step farther. Flottum takes readers on a journey into the production side of honey as well as the cooking and eating side.

According to the blurb on the book,

After receiving a degree in horticulture from UW-Madison, Kim Flottum worked four years in the USDA Honey Bee Research Lab, studying pollination ecology. After that, he spent two years raising acres of fruits and vegetables, where bees played a large role. He brings this experience, plus nearly 20 years of writing and editing articles for beekeepers in the monthly magazine Bee Culture. He is the publisher of books on honey bee pests and diseases, marketing, queen production, beekeeping history, beginning beekeeping, and the classic industry reference, The ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture.

Just the kind of guy to provide both the academic and practical side to the question of honey and the bees that make it.

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