Covered in Honey: The Amazing Flavors and Varieties of Nature's Perfect Sweetener

Covered in Honey: The Amazing Flavors and Varieties of Nature's Perfect Sweetener

by Mani Niall
     
 

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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“The curious 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 entrées 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 beyond the sweet nectar's obvious charms into a new realm of possibilities.” —Rick Rodgers, author of Kaffeehaus and the Thanksgiving 101 and Christmas 101 series

“The time is right for honey to take its place along with other products, such as fruits, coffees, wines, chocolates, and cheeses, that we want to learn more about. Its origins, its place in a healthy lifestyle, and most important, its subtle flavors and nuances are vital knowledge for those of us who bake and cook with honey.” —David Lebovitz, author of Room for Dessert and editor of The Baker's Dozen Cookbook

author of Kaffeehaus and the Thanksgiving 101 and Rick Rodgers
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 beyond the sweet nectar's obvious charms into a new realm of possibilities.
author of Room for Dessert and editor of The Baker David Lebovitz
The time is right for honey to take its place along with other products, such as fruits, coffees, wines, chocolates, and cheeses, that we want to learn more about. Its origins, its place in a healthy lifestyle, and most important, its subtle flavors and nuances are vital knowledge for those of us who bake and cook with honey.
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. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Mani's Bakery in Los Angeles is known for its sugar-free desserts and baked goods. In his follow-up to Sweet & Natural Baking, Niall presents a detailed guide to honey, including descriptions of honey "varietals," along with 125 recipes for sweet and savory dishes. There are both old favorites like Honeybuns and contemporary recipes such as Seared Portobello Mushrooms over Grilled Radicchio with Buckwheat Honey, and boxes on history and lore are scattered throughout the text. For larger collections. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579548087
Publisher:
Rodale Press, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
186
Product dimensions:
7.88(w) x 7.88(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Mani Niall is chef and spokesperson for the National Honey Board and travels the country teaching culinary students and restaurant chefs how to cook with varietal honey. He is also the proprietor of Mani's Test Kitchen, where his years as a chef, baker, and culinary educator have all come into play as he develops everything from heirloom tomato pasta sauces and frozen desserts to breakfast cereals for a wide roster of clients. Niall is also the author of Sweet and Natural Baking. On completing Covered in Honey, he became the proud parent of a swarm of bees that landed in his yard in Mill Valley, California.

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