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Wednesday, March 11, 2015


My wonderful, wonderful library now sends emails when new books are added in a category (you can chose multiple categories or genres).  Today's Home and Garden list of new books was heavy on the subject of Bees.   In this nasty, drab weather, it is absolutely exciting to think of Bees flittering around from flower to flower.

Here is the description provided by the Library on the book above, Honeybee - Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper by C. Marina Marchese.  

Author C. Marina Marchese's first taste of fresh, raw honey changed her life -- literally. After touring a neighbor's honeybee hives, she abandoned her nine-to-five job to learn all that she could about bees, beekeeping, and honey, eventually creating her own business. In this "engaging, delightfully informative" (Publishers Weekly) book, she shares a wealth of bee facts, history, and lore as well as practical information on beekeeping, honey-harvesting, and making food, drinks, and personal care products with honey. Crafters, gourmets, and fans of Holley Bishop's Robbing the Bees will find Honeybee to be one sweet read.  

And what do you do with the honey from the hive?  Here are 84 recipes to try out in Laurey Masterton's The Fresh Honey Cookbook.  The library had this information to share.  

Honey, in all of its sticky-sweet glory, is the star of this fresh and focused cookbook. Grouped by season, the 84 featured recipes for appetizers, meals, and desserts highlight a delicious array of varietals, from tulip poplar honey in June to orange blossom honey in January. Even the non-honey ingredients in delectable dishes such as Bacon, Basil and Tomato Bites or Strawberry-Rhubarb Cream purposefully utilize foods that couldn't be sustained without the efforts of the valiant honeybee. Beekeepers and honey aficionados looking for a similar collection with a more international flavor should be sure to try Hattie Ellis' Honey.  

Back to the Hive with Home Grown Honey Bees - An Absolute Beginners Guide  by Alethea Morrison.  

Even as bees face increasing environmental threats, the practice of beekeeping is gaining popularity. Aspiring apiarists who are considering a hive of their own would do well to check out Homegrown Honey Bees before embarking on their first year of beekeeping. From selecting appropriate equipment to the first honey harvest, author Alethea Morrison describes best practices for newbies and shares her beekeeping wisdom, illustrating her points with real-life examples and close-up photos of hive life. Pragmatic, friendly and accessible, Homegrown Honey Bees is ideal for beginning beekeepers; those with more experience may find inspiration in Tony Pisano's Build Your Own Beekeeping Equipment.

 And our last entry in this delightful collection on Bees is The Rooftop Beekeeper - A Scrappy Guide to Keeping Urban Honeybees by Megan Paska.

Locavores and city gardeners will be all a-buzz over this attractive introduction to urban beekeeping. Despite a childhood fear of the stinging insects, author Megan Paska has become an adventurous New York City beekeeper who puts readers at ease with her chatty tone before diving in to the nitty-gritty of bee biology and hive management (complete with checklists and how-tos). As if that wasn't enough, the book winds up with a chapter of recipes for turning honey or beeswax into salves, candles, or tasty edibles. With color photographs as well as charming retro-modern illustrations, The Rooftop Beekeeper is just as lovely as it is useful. 

Country to City, Urban to Suburban - it appears that we can all be Beekeepers.  I'm going to have to talk this over with Granddaughter #1.  I know spiders are on the list of big, bad, horrible, scary monsters but I'll see if she is willing to share the yard with a few little honey bees.


  1. I think we need to do what we can for the honeybees.

  2. Yes. I've been reading several articles about the yard insecticides harming the bees. We really need to think about how are actions affect the world for everyone. Lightening Bugs are all gone, at leas around here, and the Honey Bee could be next.

  3. That cooking with honey book looks delicious. I love to cook with honey instead of sugar. I followed you back Barbara.

  4. Hmmm, for some reason I'm deciding to put honey in my tea this morning instead of my usual sugar.

    1. I know. I keep wondering why I'm even using sugar.

  5. Our bees are really needing us to take care of them, since without them we are in big trouble! I love using honey in my tea and also use in recipes. I buy my honey at our local farmers market. People really need to get away from the chemical products we use. I made all our cleaning products by hand, so much cheaper.