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It's said that the celebrated mountain town of Asheville, North Carolina, is becoming even better known for "the two Bs" beer and bees. It's home to the Center for Honeybee Research; the headquarters of Bee City USA, a nonprofit dedicated to creating sustainable habitats for pollinators; and scores of beekeepers making small-batch honey. It's no wonder that Asheville Bee C It's said that the celebrated mountain town of Asheville, North Carolina, is becoming even better known for "the two Bs" beer and bees. It's home to the Center for Honeybee Research; the headquarters of Bee City USA, a nonprofit dedicated to creating sustainable habitats for pollinators; and scores of beekeepers making small-batch honey. It's no wonder that Asheville Bee Charmer, opened in 2014 by beekeepers Jillian Kelly and Kim Allen, has become a destination for both local foodies and tourists. This honey purveyor offers a range of bee-related products and more than 50 different artisanal honey varietals--each with its own unique color, texture, and taste. Inspired by the vast honey selection available behind the Honey Bar, chef Carrie Schloss has created The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook, a collection featuring 130 recipes, 20 honey varietals, and 8 special Bee Charmer blends. With a color, aroma, and tasting guide to honey varietals and dishes like Bee Pollen Nut Brittle, Chipotle Honey-Marinated Skirt Steak, Milk and Honey Dinner Rolls, and Chocolate Avocado Mousse, this cookbook proves that honey is the best way to season or sweeten your next meal. Schloss writes with the home cook in mind, packing complex, surprising flavors into recipes written in clear, accessible prose. With beautiful full-color photography throughout, The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook is an excellent resource for anyone ready to ditch the ubiquitous honey bear, learn about artisanal honey, or simply reduce their refined white sugar intake without sacrificing flavor.


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It's said that the celebrated mountain town of Asheville, North Carolina, is becoming even better known for "the two Bs" beer and bees. It's home to the Center for Honeybee Research; the headquarters of Bee City USA, a nonprofit dedicated to creating sustainable habitats for pollinators; and scores of beekeepers making small-batch honey. It's no wonder that Asheville Bee C It's said that the celebrated mountain town of Asheville, North Carolina, is becoming even better known for "the two Bs" beer and bees. It's home to the Center for Honeybee Research; the headquarters of Bee City USA, a nonprofit dedicated to creating sustainable habitats for pollinators; and scores of beekeepers making small-batch honey. It's no wonder that Asheville Bee Charmer, opened in 2014 by beekeepers Jillian Kelly and Kim Allen, has become a destination for both local foodies and tourists. This honey purveyor offers a range of bee-related products and more than 50 different artisanal honey varietals--each with its own unique color, texture, and taste. Inspired by the vast honey selection available behind the Honey Bar, chef Carrie Schloss has created The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook, a collection featuring 130 recipes, 20 honey varietals, and 8 special Bee Charmer blends. With a color, aroma, and tasting guide to honey varietals and dishes like Bee Pollen Nut Brittle, Chipotle Honey-Marinated Skirt Steak, Milk and Honey Dinner Rolls, and Chocolate Avocado Mousse, this cookbook proves that honey is the best way to season or sweeten your next meal. Schloss writes with the home cook in mind, packing complex, surprising flavors into recipes written in clear, accessible prose. With beautiful full-color photography throughout, The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook is an excellent resource for anyone ready to ditch the ubiquitous honey bear, learn about artisanal honey, or simply reduce their refined white sugar intake without sacrificing flavor.

49 review for The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook: Sweet and Savory Recipes Inspired by 28 Honey Varietals and Blends

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tish Jenkins

    The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook is more than just a cookbook. First of all, not only is it really beautiful, it is super easy to use and offers great information on honey. Every recipe is confined to a single page. It makes it so much easier than flipping back and forth as in most other cookbooks. I love that the recipes are identified as Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and Vegetarian, too. Finally, I love that the recipes are sorted in appendices by dietary restriction and honey varietal. Makes it The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook is more than just a cookbook. First of all, not only is it really beautiful, it is super easy to use and offers great information on honey. Every recipe is confined to a single page. It makes it so much easier than flipping back and forth as in most other cookbooks. I love that the recipes are identified as Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and Vegetarian, too. Finally, I love that the recipes are sorted in appendices by dietary restriction and honey varietal. Makes it easy if you need vegetarian options or what to make with the Chai Honey. I had also expected that the recipes would be mostly sweet dessert recipes, but there are many savory ones as well. There are entire chapters on recipes for breakfast, side dishes, desserts, sauces, etc. I love the variety of recipes and also how easy they are to make! Author and chef Carrie Schloss offers great information on honey and tips on how to cook with it, which I'd done little of before I tried these recipes. It's a fantastic book as a gift for your foodie friends, but also if you are just looking to expand your repertoire in the kitchen.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I've been to the Asheville Bee Charmer store in Asheville, NC several times and it's an amazing store. So, I was excited to check out this cookbook all about using honey. But, the Bee Charmer store offers lots of varieties of honey that have specific flavor profiles and that is how the cookbook is focused. I don't know how the recipes would do if you used honey other than the varieties/flavors specified. I felt like it was a little too specific in the flavors/types of honey needed for the recipe I've been to the Asheville Bee Charmer store in Asheville, NC several times and it's an amazing store. So, I was excited to check out this cookbook all about using honey. But, the Bee Charmer store offers lots of varieties of honey that have specific flavor profiles and that is how the cookbook is focused. I don't know how the recipes would do if you used honey other than the varieties/flavors specified. I felt like it was a little too specific in the flavors/types of honey needed for the recipes. Maybe if you live in Asheville and could buy some of the specific varieties to use with these recipes, but for the average person I felt like it was too specific. But, if you're ever in Asheville definitely check out the Asheville Bee Charmer store!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Typically when I review cookbooks I consider the following: the number of recipes I will likely make, the aesthetic layout, the approachability of the recipes, and the writing style. Then, I'll start cookin'. I have set aside 16 recipes to try from this book, most of them entrees. I have to say that for a cookbook that focuses on honey and even cheekily comments on the perception that honey is mainly a dessert ingredient - I'm not too excited to try out many of those dessert recipes. Something te Typically when I review cookbooks I consider the following: the number of recipes I will likely make, the aesthetic layout, the approachability of the recipes, and the writing style. Then, I'll start cookin'. I have set aside 16 recipes to try from this book, most of them entrees. I have to say that for a cookbook that focuses on honey and even cheekily comments on the perception that honey is mainly a dessert ingredient - I'm not too excited to try out many of those dessert recipes. Something tells me the author is not a baker. But I am excited about the Ragin' Asian Ribs, the Apple Parsnip Soup and - I won't lie - those Sweet Potato Napoleons look pretty cool. The recipes are accessible to the average chef...if you are willing to be flexible with your honey (which probably defeats the purpose) OR are willing to purchase ALL THE HONEYS from the Asheville store. Finally, for an Asheville-based product, this cookbook happily avoided any major hipster pitfalls. Except for the whole "I prefer Aleppo Pepper" thing. I'll let it slide. I'm hungry now.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    I received a copy of this book for a fair review. I have large jugs of local honey in my pantry so I may have bought it anyway. Initial impressions - a very pretty book with nice pictures. I like the descriptions of the honey varieties and even the recipes that go best with each (wildflower vs tupelo vs ghost pepper).

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    There are so many recipes that sound delicious. Can't wait to try some!! I also didn't know there was so many different types of honey before reading this book! There are so many recipes that sound delicious. Can't wait to try some!! I also didn't know there was so many different types of honey before reading this book!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Wheelehan

    I love all things honey and this is a great honey cookbook ! The recipe for the dinner rolls is worth the price alone ... I have ordered several of their products - all delicious and will be stopping by on my next trip through Asheville

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I was not aware when I picked this up that the recipes would call for specific types of honey made by this company. Some of the recipes sound yummy, but I'm not going to go purchase acacia honey. I was not aware when I picked this up that the recipes would call for specific types of honey made by this company. Some of the recipes sound yummy, but I'm not going to go purchase acacia honey.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Judy Jablonski

    It’s an okay cookbook - I find cookbooks subjective and this one was not inspiring for me and my palate.

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