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Overview

Delighting in nature's best-loved sweet.

"A fun and fact-filled work guaranteed to delight folks of all ages."
-Library Journal

In this richly illustrated book, the authors explore every aspect of maple syrup. They relate Native legends surrounding its discovery and explain its importance in the pioneer diet. They cover the sugar maple's exalted status in the maple tree family, and reveal why maple sap is still one of nature's great mysteries.

Also included are:

  • Details about how sugar maples are tapped and how the sap is collected
  • Insights from producers who reveal their affection for a shared passion
  • A special "maple syrup flavor wheel" that describes the many colors, grades and flavor variations available
  • A selection of recipes, including maple salmon, maple-marinated chicken wings and maple sugar pecans.

A complete and fascinating resource filled with history, romance and sweet flavors, The Maple Syrup Book provides the full story behind a long-standing and important North American tradition.

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Editorial Reviews

Muskoka Today
Great recipes ... the history of maple syrup and ... the making and grading of maple syrup today.
— Lois Cooper
Diversions
Full of information about our North American delicacy.
— Deborah Quaile
Telegram and Gazette News (Worcester MA)
Offer readers a wonderful taste of the history of maple syrup... sugar shacks, sleigh rides, traditional foods, folk music.
— Barbara M. Houle
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Lovely... full of beautiful photos (historical and new) and descriptions of the cultures and customs centered on making maple syrup.
— Al Sicherman
Due West Magazine
The full story on maple syrup... This useful resource is also a beautiful book to view.
Montreal Gazette
Copiously illustrated with photographs.
— Julian Armstrong
Halton Compass
Hasner's joy in maple syrup and its production are evident in her writing... well written in an easy, conversational style.
— Deborah Quaile
Destinations
[Includes] delicious maple syrup-based recipes.
— Laila Mallouf
Kingston This Week
Fun and fact-filled ... guaranteed to delight folks of all ages. ... A complete and fascinating resource.
— Rob Mooy
Hobby Farms
The Maple Syrup book is your complete resource for maple syrup.
— Stephanie Staton
Telegram and Gazette News (Worcester MA) - Barbara M. Houle
Offer readers a wonderful taste of the history of maple syrup... There is also a romance attached to making maple syrup... sugar shacks, sleigh rides, traditional foods, folk music.
Muskoka Today - Lois Cooper
Great recipes ... cover the history of maple syrup and educates the reader in the making and grading of maple syrup today.
Diversions - Deborah Quaile
Rosemary Hasner's joy in maple syrup and its production are evident in her writing... well written in an easy, conversational style, it's also a great reference for teachers who want to incorporate syrup making and sugaring into class programs.
Minneapolis Star Tribune - Al Sicherman
A lovely little book... full of beautiful photos (historical and new) and descriptions of the cultures and customs centered on making maple syrup.
Montreal Gazette - Julian Armstrong
Copiously illustrated with photographs.
Destinations - Laila Mallouf
The book explains the different colours, flavours, and grades of the golden syrup, with a brief history, tips and techniques for making your own, and delicious maple syrup-based recipes.
Kingston This Week - Rob Mooy
Fun and fact-filled ... guaranteed to delight folks of all ages. ... A complete and fascinating resource filled with history, romance and sweet flavours.
Hobby Farms - Stephanie Staton
[Captures] every aspect of maple syrup—from its history to tapping and collecting sap to its various grades, flavors and colors. The book even offers recipes for using your hard-earned maple products. Vivid photos help tell the story of this North American tradition. The Maple Syrup book is your complete resource for maple syrup.
Canadian Teacher
An excellent resource for any teacher who is looking for background information to support the study of the origins of, or the process of making, maple syrup.
Library Journal
Having tapped maple trees since age ten, Eagleson brings maple syrup to life in this fascinating look at the history, making, and enjoyment of this popular sweet liquid. The book begins with Native American legends and continues through the 1900s, explaining how syrup is made, how its technology evolved, and what the differences are in the five grades assigned to it. Also included are numerous contemporary and historic photos. In the "Cooking with Maple Syrup" section, readers are instructed on how to substitute the syrup for sugar and offered eight recipes that span from maple popcorn to maple salmon. Overall, this is a fun and fact-filled work guaranteed to delight folks of all ages. Perfect for public libraries of all sizes.-Lisa A. Ennis, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham Lib., Lister Hill Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550464115
  • Publisher: Boston Mills Press
  • Publication date: 3/4/2006
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Eagleson is the author of Nature Hikes. This is her second collaboration with photographer Rosemary Hasner.

Rosemary Hasner is a photographer whose images have appeared in books, magazines, and calendars.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction

A History of Maple Syrup

  • A Gift from the Natives
  • Pioneer Sugar Makers

Making Maple Syrup

  • Rarer than Gold
  • How Maple Syrup is Made
  • Sugar on Snow and Other Details

Enjoying Maple Syrup

  • A Many-Flavored Thing
  • Cooking with Maple
  • Acknowledgments
  • Selected Sources
  • Photo Credits
  • Index
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Preface

Introduction

My fascination with maple syrup began when I was ten years old, when my parents moved us into the old farmhouse on the family farm. We had a woodstove for the very first time and there were two maple trees in front of the house that seemed perfect for tapping. Dad helped me and my brother put the taps in. We hung the pails diligently and every day after we hopped off the school bus, we checked for sap. We hounded our mother relentlessly until she let us use her best pot. We filled it with every drop of sap we'd collected and then we sat beside the woodstove and watched that proverbial pot boil.

When you're ten or eleven, making maple syrup can be a very disheartening experience. We watched all of our sap disappear, leaving only an inch or two of syrup in that pot. But mom used to be a Grade Three teacher, so the experience became a lesson in math, science, social science and geography, an opportunity to help us understand what was happening. A lot of her teachings came back to mind when I started work on this book.

The romance of maple syrup is unmistakable. Sugar shacks, wood fires, sleigh rides, traditional feasts and energetic folk music are woven into the fabric of a northeastern North American springtime.

Next year, I will be able to once again make my own maple syrup — a few of the maple trees outside my country home are finally big enough to tap. I hope you enjoy this book and either try syrup making for yourself or visit a local sugar shack for a little hint of this springtime tradition!

Janet Eagleson

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Introduction

Introduction

My fascination with maple syrup began when I was ten years old, when my parents moved us into the old farmhouse on the family farm. We had a woodstove for the very first time and there were two maple trees in front of the house that seemed perfect for tapping. Dad helped me and my brother put the taps in. We hung the pails diligently and every day after we hopped off the school bus, we checked for sap. We hounded our mother relentlessly until she let us use her best pot. We filled it with every drop of sap we'd collected and then we sat beside the woodstove and watched that proverbial pot boil.

When you're ten or eleven, making maple syrup can be a very disheartening experience. We watched all of our sap disappear, leaving only an inch or two of syrup in that pot. But mom used to be a Grade Three teacher, so the experience became a lesson in math, science, social science and geography, an opportunity to help us understand what was happening. A lot of her teachings came back to mind when I started work on this book.

The romance of maple syrup is unmistakable. Sugar shacks, wood fires, sleigh rides, traditional feasts and energetic folk music are woven into the fabric of a northeastern North American springtime.

Next year, I will be able to once again make my own maple syrup -- a few of the maple trees outside my country home are finally big enough to tap. I hope you enjoy this book and either try syrup making for yourself or visit a local sugar shack for a little hint of this springtime tradition!

Janet Eagleson

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