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Letters from the Hive An Intimate History of Bees, Honey, and Humankind

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ISBN-10: 0553382667

ISBN-13: 9780553382662

Edition: N/A

Authors: Stephen Buchmann, Banning Repplier

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They work hard, are devoted to family, love sex, and know the importance of a good piece of real estate. Honey bees, and the daily workings of their close-knit colonies, are one of nature's great miracles. And they produce one of nature's greatest edible bounties: honey. More than just a palate pleaser, honey was once an offering to the gods, a preservative, and a medicine whose sought-after curative powers were detailed in ancient texts . . . and are being rediscovered by modern medical science. In Letters from the Hive, Prof. Stephen Buchmann takes us into the hive--nursery, honey factory, queen's inner sanctum--and out to the world of backyard gardens, open fields, and deserts in full…    
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Book details

List price: $15.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/30/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Stephen Buchmann is an amateur beekeeper, associate professor of entomology at the University of Arizona in Tucson, author of The Forgotten Pollinators, and founder of The Bee Works, an environmental company. Banning Repplier is a writer who lives in New York City. From the Hardcover edition.

Introduction
The Beginning of an Enduring Passion: Prehistoric Honey Hunters
Searching for Gold: Ancient Rituals and Modern-Day Honey Hunters
Staying in Touch: The Beekeeper's Craft
A Year in the Life of a Beekeeper
Secrets of the Bee
Bees and Honey in Myth, Legend, and Ancient Warfare
Trading Honey in the Ancient and Modern Worlds
A Taste of Honey: Sampling Varieties from Around the World
How Sweet It Is: Cooking with Honey Throughout the Ages
Mead: The Honey that Goes to Your Head
Good for What Ails You
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Appendices
Sources
Permissions
Index