A Selection of More than 80 Delicious Savory & Sweet Recipes
Food writer Hattie Ellis has written at least 13 books on food and related topics such as the honey bee, honey, tea, coffee, British fish, and chicken. In Honey: A Selection of More than 80 Delicious Savory & Sweet Recipes Ellis delivers a very good introduction to honey, defining honey, key terms, giving an over view of honey bees, how to buy and store honey, how to taste honey, honey and health and honey and the natural world. The 80 recipes cover the meals of the day, snacks, teatime, desserts and preserves, sweets and drinks. She concludes with a review of 90 honeys from around the world. I picked up the book to develop my knowledge about honey in order to develop my knowledge and skills of mead. Her introduction delivers the essentials on honey and has a good section on tasting honey. I enjoyed the fun facts on bees and honey Ellis peppers throughout her introduction. After reading Ellis's review of 90 honeys from around the world I went out and bought a pound of chestnut honey and will probably pick up a few more off her list. I initially reviewed the recipes for hints on pairing mead with food but the book is lavishly illustrated and her recipes are well written and easy to follow and I found several - from ginger-glazed carrots to lamb and honeyed apricot tagine, chicken liver parfait with honey-herb jelly to thyme-glazed roast lamb with honey and cider gravy - that I will have to try. The illustrations are so good as you leaf through the book, you find yourself saying "oh, I want that" and bookmarking the page. If you like to cook and are looking for new ideas, this is a great book. If you drink or make mead and want to learn more about honey, or looking for ideas on foods and flavors that might go with mead, you will also enjoy this book.
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