|C. Marina Marchese|
|Pages/Publication Date:||256 / 2011|
It was nearly 20 years ago that Marina Marchese fell in love with honeybees during a tour of a neighbor's hives. She quit her job, built her own hives, earned a certificate in apitherapy, studied wine tasting in order to transfer those skills to honey tasting, and eventually opened Red Bee Honey, selling artisanal honey and honey-related products to shops and restaurants all over the country. Here she recounts her inspiring and transformative relationship with honeybees, while also describing what life is like in the hive and offering practical advice on hiving and keeping honeybees; harvesting honey; its culinary uses and pleasures, healing with honey, pollen, and bee venom; and making personal products with honey and bee's wax.
"Surpassing the predictable 'how I changed careers' memoir of finding the good life, Marchese's informative guide is packed with facts about everything from pollination to harvesting, life cycles to historical lore, nutritional benefits to gourmet flavor combinations, medical applications to unusual varieties."—Booklist