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Accessible Easy writing style Other writers could have beenscientific, but I would not have understood all they were saying I understand what Ms Bishop is saying Next time I read a bee book, I will choose one slightlyscientific and less memior.Great medical information included in the text Some food recipes included at end, a sort of Appendix. I am enjoying the book and find it interesting However, I do think it could have been written better I had some issues with the continuity and sequencing of the book which was confusing to me at times Also the book was in sore need of quality photos, graphic organizers, and illusrations to support the textthe few that were included were too small The book had an intimacy and personal approach that was endearing to the author's personal journey and relationship to honey This personalness of the book was a positive trait It's just that sometimes it felt annoying because I felt I wantedabout the subject This book should be a companion piece to another book about honey history I am definately going to check out The Short History of the Honey Bee by Edward Readiker Henderson. I work in a pollinator garden so this tittle attracted me big time.It gives a brief history of the keeping of bees, the story of a modern beekeeper, and how the writer of this narrative also became a beekeeper.So it is a good introduction to this very fascinating subject This book also has a bit of a bonus, it contains a historical span of recipes that use honey.
I have a notsosecret love for the sort of books that explain the amazingness of science to us everyday folk, books like The Botany of Desire and Jacobson's Organ, because I like being reminded that the world is a sort of miraculous place (Also, I like being able to regale friends, family and coworkers with obscure facts about things like honeybees and tulips.) I wasn't sure what exactly I would be reading about when I started this particular book Bees? Beekeeping? Honey? All of the above andended up being the answer, and I found myself at the end filled not only with a plethora of interesting facts but with a newfound food love that happens to also be incredibly good for me Bees are AMAZING, bee pollen can amp you up like coffee except it's better for you, and honey is potentially one of the best things for yourself you can eat, containing a ridiculous amount of vitamins and antioxidents, antibacterial properties, and simpler yetpotant sugar compounds than regular sugar Holy crap, am I going to be hitting up the farmers markets for local fare this summer. The author does an outstanding job at telling the history of bees and the impact these amazing insects have had on humanity She does a great job at weaving in science, anthropology and history through her own experiences I can confidently say I will never see a bee or honey the same way after reading this book. I loved this, though I put it down for years at a time, like I love Tupelo Honey Bishop does participant observation with a great beekeeper in the Florida panhandle, and grows into beekeeping through their work together Wewahitchka and surrounding panhandle counties were ruined by Hurricane Michael last fall I am eager for news of the people and bees down there.Highly recommended. Holley Bishop provides a wealth of information throughout her book, which is an admixture of personal narrative, natural history, and human history as related to honey bees and honey While numerous references and facts are stated throughout the book, there are no footnotes, no end notes, and no bibliography Given the scientific bent of the topic, as well as Bishop's own comments concerning her trips to the library to research her topic, one would have expected some sort of pointer toinformation None Thus, when you come across some interesting fact or statement that you want to learnabout it, there's nothing to guide you to where the fact originated or where you can findinformation about it.The second issue I have with the Bishop's book is the style in which she presents her tale Bishop uses personal narrative as part of the telling of the story her own experiences and perspectives are sprinkled throughout the book This presentation/writing style can either be quite effective or extremely annoying I found it to be the latter The vast majority of Bishop's personal narrative added no value to the topic, rather it detracted from it A book that uses a similar personal narrative style very effectively is Weatherford's Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World; here, Weatherford sparingly uses personal narrative to provide context to muddled fact or topic A book that used personal narrative ineffectively, like Bishop's Robbing the Bees, is Royte's Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought Bishop, like Royte, seems to want to interject her own idiosyncratic story into the larger story being told but fails to add value in the process of doing so.I'm glad I muddled through the first forty pages of abstractness in Robbing the Bees since what is presented after Bishop's languorous personal narrative is quite interesting; I did learn something from reading her book Further in, however, Bishop would again interject with her own experiences The section titled TIME not only negatively affected the flow of the story being told, but added nothing of value given the title and presumed purpose of the book In this section, we learn of an electrical blackout in New York City whereby Bishop cooks a noodle dish that includes honey in the recipe and then proceeds to eat said dish while naked in her apartment Huh? What does nude food consumption have to do with a biography concerning honey?As another example of inappropriate personal narrative, the chapter concerning beeswax includes a very fascinating section about the use of beeswax to fashion voodoo dolls, icons, and effigies Bishop writes: They had crafted waxen figures representing the royals, stuck them with pins, and placed them near a fire, believing as the icons gradually melted away, so would the power of their victims (I've tried this, but I must have done something wrong, as my targets are still in office.) Given that the book was published in 2005, most readers would likely infer that Bishop was referring to the George W Bush Administration Why alienate your conservative/Republican readers with such an inane comment that added **nothing** to the story being told? What does Bishop's personal politics have to do with a biography of honey or with honey bees? I fail to see any connection.Overall, numerous topics in Bishop's book are interesting and fascinating If you are looking for a book that provides a breezy overview of honey bees, then I recommend Robbing the Bees. *Download Pdf ☋ Robbing the Bees: A Biography of Honey--The Sweet Liquid Gold that Seduced the World ☠ Holley Bishop loves bees No, than that: she idolizes them She marvels at their native abilities and the momentous role these misunderstood and unjustly feared creatures have played in the development of human history And with her book, Robbing the Bees, she succeeds in making the reader love bees, too Take this nifty bit of information, one of countless fascinating factoids offered by Bishop in her celebration of all things beerelated: Because of bees' starring role in the drama of pollination, we humans are indebted to them, directly and indirectly, for a third of our food supply Visiting bees are required for the commercial production of than a hundred of our most important crops including alfalfa, garlic, apples, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, citrus, melons, onion, almonds, turnips, parsley, sunflower, cranberries, and clover Or how about this: For the past decade, the American military has been testing [bees'] potential as special agents in the war on drugs and terrorism Bees are as sensitive to odor as dogs and can be trained to buzz in on drugs, explosives, landmines, and chemical weapons Beat that as a winning opening gambit at a cocktail party And that ain't all Bishop charts the evolution of honey and beeswax harvesting through the ages, gives us an upclose look inside working beehives from ancient Egypt to the present day, interviews beekeepers, quotes bee chroniclers past and present from Charles Darwin to contemporary Florida beekeeper Donald Smiley, reveals her rather clumsy foray into beekeeping in candid detail, studies bees' impact on religion and history, and provides a selection of innovative recipes calling for honey Through it all, Bishop never loses sight of the star of the showthe humble honey beeor the crucial but largely unrewarded role they continue to play on our planet And she does it with snappy prose and keen humor Dogs be warned: if Bishop has her way, bees will be the it pet of the future, or at least less likely to die at the end of a folded newspaper next time one buzzes in through an open window Kim Hughes All through history, we find references to our industrious bees, as military weapons, as nature's first aid box, as the world's first sweetener and as pollinators of plants Providing indepth information about how to build your own apiary and keep your bees happy and healthy through the seasons, we follow one particular beekeeper in Florida as he moves his hives from feeding ground to feeding ground, smokes his bees to remove the honey, repairs or builds new hives during the winter when the bees rest, and learn of his concern about the African bees are aggressively destroying thedocile European bees who produce better honey in the US.We learn of the role of bees and their honey through history across countries We're taken on a bee's journey through life, how the drones are made to leave the hive, how queens leave their hives just to mate and return to continuous egglaying, and how the worker bees are all females Through their labor to keep their combs filled with food, they pollinate flowers and plants Entertainingly written while providing great information on the science and history of beekeeping and honey production and use. While sometimes I can be hypercritical of these new popgastronomy books that are all the rage right now, I really enjoyed this one Equal parts narrative and history, biology and memoir, the author did a good job with her pacing There was only one section, the chapter titled Medicine Ball that I found a bit tedious I love bees though, and beekeeping and honey and have read some texts on all those things from an agricultural standpoint, but this book includes some little gems of knowledge I wouldn't have picked up anywhere else My biggest criticism is the glaring lack of discussion about colony collapse This is serious stuff that should have been addressed that certainly would have changed the tone of this book, soI understand why i she chose not to include it I forgive the author.