A Connoisseur's Guide with Recipes
Food writer Gene Opton was involved in the early days of the restaurant Chez Panisse and also ran a cookware shop in Berkeley for several years. Honey: A Connoisseur's Guide with Recipes is a book of recipes that use honey but the first quarter of the book is a good, easy introduction to the properties of honey, processing of honey, how to taste honey and tasting notes on 53 single source varieties of honeys. In the intro section Opton makes the important point that over a third of the crops humans rely on for food are pollinated by bees. Gene Opton's recipes include breads and muffins, fruits and vegetables, main dishes, cookies and cakes, pies and tarts, other desserts and syrups and toppings. The recipes are straight forward, easy to follow and do not require any special cooking techniques. The recipes are creative and mouthwatering and many pair unusual items with honey. It is a good introduction to honey packed with many interesting ways to use it in cooking. A good book to have around.