“Every now and then a singular cookbook comes along – singular as in exceptional, distinguished, stand-alone. And you can put Laurey Masterton’s lushly illustrated FRESH HONEY COOKBOOK at the top of the list. If you think this just a collection of honey recipes, think again. It’s a tribute to the honeybee without whom a third of what we eat would be lost – fruits, nuts, a truck-load of vegetables, indeed everything honeybees pollinate. Masterton discusses in detail the varieties of honey from acacia to tupelo (and gives online sources for the more exotic), she shares her own beekeeping experiences and describes the role of each bee in the hive (from queen to worker to drone). More important, she emphasizes our own roles as protectors of this indispensable insect. Not all of Masterton’s recipes contain honey. What they do contain are the ingredients that would vanish from this planet without honeybees and lest we miss the point, she bold-faces these throughout the book – ingredients integral to such recipes as her Tuscan Tomato Soup with Orange Slices and Vermont-Style Summer Squash Casserole. Beekeeper, teacher, caterer, café owner, and gifted cook, Masterton has written a honey of book that’s as much primer as recipe collection. It’s won pride of place in my kitchen.”
— Jean Anderson, author From a Southern Oven, member James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame
In a world overwhelmed with uninspired cookbooks, The Fresh Honey Cookbook glows like its precious, golden subject. The words and artistry in this stunning book move my heart, stimulate my mind, feed my hunger, and excite my senses. I can feel the love and tenderness chef and beekeeper Laurey has for her hives in every mindful word, every glorious photo, and lastly, every delicious, mouth-watering recipe. She has transformed the subject of honey into an extraordinary reference book, brought it deliciously to life with incredible recipes, and shared just how very special honey is - or should be - to us all.
— Virginia Willis, Chef and Cookbook Author
"With the focused elegance of the honey bee's flight home, Laurey Masterton zeroes in on her subject. The result is prose both sweet and nourishing as she shares her beekeeper's journey and the divine reward of 84 delectable recipes. The Fresh Honey Cookbook is a "must have" for all--but especially bee--seasons!"
— Ronni Lundy is the author of Shuck Beans, Stack Cakes and Honest Fried Chicken.
As someone who hates to cook but loves to eat, Laurey Masterton is Heaven sent. She writes about “gourmet comfort food” knowledgeably and passionately, and without a hint of pretension. To be honest, I’ve never been a fan of bees, and tend to give them a wide berth. Laurey has opened my eyes to the importance of honeybees in our food supply, and in our lives. Like all great cook books, The Fresh Honey Cookbook is about more than food. It is about paying attention, about listening and, more of all, about gratitude. I, for one, am grateful for Laurey Masterton. Read this book and savor the sweetness found on each page.
— Eric Weiner, author of The Geography of Bliss
A poetic, pleasurable and very personal look into the beautiful world of bees, honey and hives. Laurey's passion, intelligence and culinary creativity make this a must read for anyone who wants to learn about the remarkable ways of the world in which bees work, and the amazing flavors of the varietal honeys they gift us with.
— Ari Weinzweig, Co-founding partner, Zingerman’s, and author of Zingerman's Guide to Good Eating
Laurey Masterton's Don't Postpone Joy Asheville NC www.laureysyum.com