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.
About the contributor(s):
Carrie Schloss earned a degree in finance from Miami University and an MBA in finance in international business from the University of Chicago. After a successful career in international investments, she shifted gears to pursue a lifelong dream of working in the culinary industry. She graduated from the culinary school at Kendall College and currently works as a personal chef and culinary consultant. She has developed recipes for Let’s Dish, a cooking show on the Live Well television network, and for the past six years, she has taught cooking classes for kids and adults at The Kids’ Table, Now We’re Cookin’, and nonprofit organizations such as Common Threads, Purple Asparagus, and Chicago Lights Urban Farm. She lives in Wilmette, Illinois.