Like wine, cheese, coffee, and chocolate, honey has emerged as a culinary obsession. The Honey Connoisseur teaches everything they need to know about how to taste, select, and use an assortment of honeys.
Like wine, cheese, coffee, and chocolate, honey has emerged as a culinary obsession. Its popularity at farmers markets and specialty food stores has soared as beekeepers and retailers are capitalizing on the trend. The Honey Connoisseur teaches everything they need to know about how to taste, select, and use an assortment of honeys.
The Honey Connoisseur includes engaging explanations and step-by-step instructions on the origins and flavors of more than 30 varietals of honey from Alfalfa to Ulmo, wine and cheese pairings, and as a bonus, several simple, delicious recipes featuring honey. After a brief explanation of how bees pollinate plants and produce honey, the authors introduce terroir, or the way soil, weather, and other natural phenomena can affect the taste of honey. As with wine, the terroir of a honey directly influences its character and flavor profile.
This beautifully illustrated book teaches foodies, locavores, and consumers everything they need to know to taste, select, and use a diverse assortment of honey.
“Marina Marchese and Kim Flottum’s knowledge of this fascinating and increasingly popular subject is unparalleled. Together, they have composed the preeminent book about honey and its regional culinary food pairings.”
—Nicholas Coleman, Chief Olive Oil Specialist, Eataly, NYC
“Eureka! This is the book I’ve been looking for. As a restaurateur who has traveled high and low in search of the world’s finest wines, I have always respected the role terroir plays in creating and nurturing a region’s culinary personality. Ever since I took up beekeeping, I’ve been on the hunt for the definitive guide to the essence of honey: how to taste it, which local factors influence its flavor, and most importantly for me, how to pair it with other ingredients like an expert.”
—Julian Niccolini, Owner of The Four Seasons Restaurant, New York City
“Of all the near-perfect foods we generally take for granted, honey suffers more than most (except for cheese). The Honey Connoisseur lays it all out on the table; Marina Marchese and Kim Flottum tell the whole story including its dark side in an eloquent style. The reader will never look at the honey jar quite the same way.”
—Max McCalman, Maître Fromager, Artisanal Premium Cheese Center, NYC
“With the authors’ depth of knowledge, I cannot think of a better resource on honey. This book makes me want to bake with all the varieties. Finally, a honey bible! The Honey Connoisseur is truly a great book.
—John Barricelli, author of The Seasonal Baker and The Sono Baking Company Cookbook