Honey, Candy, or Ice Cream

Kristina’s Bookshelf

Taste of Honey:
The Definitive Guide to Tasting and Cooking with 40 Varietals

By Marie Simmons
Andrews McMeel Universal, 2013

This book came out several years ago, but it’s still a good resource for anyone looking for recipes that use honey. Veteran cookbook author Marie Simmons helps readers to understand things like how the terroir of a bee’s habitat influences both the color and flavor of the honey it produces, and how each honey has a different flavor profile that is best paired with certain ingredients. She includes over 60 sweet and savory recipes like Flatbread with Melted Manchego, Rosemary, and Honey; Honey, Scallion, and Cheddar Scones; Honey Glazed Beets with Cinnamon, Orange, and Mint; Roasted Eggplant Slices with Warmed Feta and Honey Drizzle; and Micki’s Special Honey Fudge Brownies. A comprehensive glossary describes 40 different varieties of honey.

Candy is Magic: Real Ingredients, Modern Recipes
By Jami Curl
Ten Speed Press, 2017

A candy-making cookbook from the owner of QUIN, a popular Portland-based candy company, features more than 200 recipes using natural ingredients including honey. Make marshmallows with honey and sea salt, lollipops with cherry honey vanilla, honey and hazelnut caramels, and dozens of other confections. Instructions are simple and precise, requiring no expensive equipment. Recipes call for high-quality ingredients used to create delicious syrups, purées, and other mixtures that are the building blocks for lollipops, caramels, marshmallows, and gummy candy.

Hello, My Name is Ice Cream:
The Art and Science of the Scoop

By Dana Cree
Clarkson Potter, 2017

James Beard–nominated pastry chef Dana Cree’s new cookbook presents instructions for making ice cream together with the science behind the recipes. More than 100 recipes for ice cream flavors and mix-ins begin with the basics—super chocolate and Tahitian vanilla—then move on to more creative infusions, custards, sherbets, and frozen yogurt styles. If you’re looking to use honey, you’ll want to try the burnt honey ice cream and the honey chai frozen yogurt. Enjoy other seasonal mixtures too, like Meyer lemon frozen yogurt, cinnamon basil ice cream, and garden mint ice cream.

Edible East Bay’s book editor Kristina Sepetys is eager to share her ideas and book recommendations
with our readers.