Honey : A Global History

Author(s): Lucy M. Long, Ph.D

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Sticky, sweet and a natural substance that can be consumed without any human processing, honey is now thought of mostly as a sweetener. In its long history around the world, however, it has been much more. Many cultures have treated it as a staple food, as well as tonic, medicine and preservative. It also has played a role in religious rituals, as a sacred food from the gods. In this book Lucy M. Long explores honey's fascinating history, tracing its use and meanings through numerous cultures world-wide. Focusing on its role as food and drink, this book includes recipes and discussions of its place in global cuisines.


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"In Honey, Long, a folklorist, food studies scholar, and director of the nonprofit Center for Food and Culture in Ohio, provides a detailed account of the role of honey and honeybees throughout history. She emphasizes honey in food, drink, and health, as well as its cultural role in folk traditions around the world. . . . The author details the practical art of beekeeping and honey production, and the documented issues surrounding the global threat to the honeybee population. . . . As is standard with Reaktion’s Edible series, copious illustrations and an appendix full of recipes are presented. Long also offers resources for budding apiarists, such as associations and practical beekeeping websites.”

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Lucy M. Long is a folklorist, food studies scholar and Director of the non-profit Center for Food and Culture in Ohio.

General Fields

  • : 9781780237336
  • : Reaktion Books, Limited
  • : Reaktion Books, Limited
  • : April 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Lucy M. Long, Ph.D
  • : Hardback
  • : 176