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Covered in Honey
Published: September 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Niall (Sweet & Natural Baking) returns to natural sweeteners-this time, honey. After giving a brief history of honey, from the evolution of bees ("scientists have estimated fossilized bee remains to be 50 million years old") to
Greek mythology (Melissa, one of the two nymphs who cared for Zeus during his childhood, has a name that means "she who makes honey"), Niall discusses modern bee keeping, the art of making honey, as well as the many varieties of honey. In a book as
naturally sweet as his subject, Niall gives recipes for such morning treats as Honeybuns, Banana Blueberry Scones and Pan-Fried Apple Fritters with Apple Honey Dipping Sauce. From there, he covers bread-baking: Hearty Five-Grain Bread; Parmesan Biscuits
with Sage, Sage Honey, and Kalamata Olives; and Fig and Roquefort Bread with Tarassaco Honey. And for home cooks looking to sweeten savory dishes, Niall brings to the table delightful recipes for Balsamic and Honey Seared Salmon, Seared Portobello
Mushrooms over Grilled Radicchio with Buckwheat Honey and Manchego Cheese, and the unusual New Mexican Layered Enchiladas with Red Chile and Mesquite Honey Sauce.
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cook will delight in the history and mythology of honey, the personal stories of beekeepers themselves, and especially the imaginative and tempting recipes from baked goods and salads to entrees and desserts. This unique and comprehensive book is already
a one-of-its-kind classic."
- Jeannette Ferrary, author of M. F. K. Fisher and Me
"You don't have to be a bee to appreciate Mani Niall's in-depth approach to the culinary pleasures of honey. This book promises to take the reader... read more
Did you know that a mere one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey equals the entire life's work of one bee? Or that a honey's color and flavor depend on which blossoms the bees visit? In Covered in Honey, chef Mani Niall reveals new
culinary uses for honey and brings the story of nature's oldest sweetener to life, serving us food history and honey lore mixed with more than 100 delicious recipes to inspire and delight.
Recognizing honey's power to balance and enhance the
flavor of other foods, Niall homes in on honey's tremendous versatility: When he pairs it with Thai bird chiles, he creates Sourwood Honey, Lemon, and Chile Glazed Halibut; as a contrast to the saltiness of feta and olives, he presents a Savory
Cheesecake similar to those served in ancient Greece. And with recipes that range from Traditional Glazed Honey Cake and Wildflower Honey Ice Cream with Almond Brickle Sauce to showstoppers like Lime Pavlova with Fresh Fruit and Leatherwood Honey, Niall
highlights honey's many flavor complexities that go beyond simple sweetness.
In addition, Niall offers plenty of how-to advice such as how to store honey and what to do if it crystallizes, as well as a helpful resource guide for expanding your own
varietal collection. Whether you're just starting to explore varietal honey or are a confirmed honey enthusiast, Covered in Honey is sure to expand your repertoire and delight your senses.
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