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Honey

A Global History

Distributed for Reaktion Books

Honey

A Global History

Whether drizzled into our tea or spread atop our terms of endearment, there’s one thing that is always true about honey: it is sweet. As Lucy M. Long shows in this book, while honey is definitely the natural sweetener par excellence, it has a long history in our world as much more, serving in different settings as a food, tonic, medicine, and even preservative. It features in many religions as a sacred food of the gods. In this luscious history, she traces the uses and meanings of honey in myriad cultures throughout time.
           
Long points to a crucial fact about honey: it can be enjoyed with very little human processing, which makes it one of the most natural foods we consume. Its nutritional qualities and flavors dramatically reflect the surroundings in which it is produced, and those who produce it—bees—are some of the most important insects in the world, the chief pollinators of wild plants and domesticated crops alike. Showing how honey has figured in politics, religion, economics, and popular culture, Long also directly explores its tastiest use—in our food and drink—offering a history of its culinary place in the world, one sweetened with an assortment of delicious recipes. Lively and engaged, her account will give even the saltiest of us an insatiable sweet tooth.
 

176 pages | 60 color plates, 40 halftones | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2017

Edible

Food and Gastronomy


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"In Honey, Long, a folklorist, food studies scholar, and director of the nonprofit Center for Food and Culture in Ohio, provides a detailed account of the role of honey and honeybees throughout history. She emphasizes honey in food, drink, and health, as well as its cultural role in folk traditions around the world. . . . The author details the practical art of beekeeping and honey production, and the documented issues surrounding the global threat to the honeybee population. . . . As is standard with Reaktion’s Edible series, copious illustrations and an appendix full of recipes are presented. Long also offers resources for budding apiarists, such as associations and practical beekeeping websites. Recommended."

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