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$15.95 - paperback, autographed by C. Marina Marchese


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One woman’s charming and personal account of abandoning the rat race to live blissfully as a beekeeper and honey entrepreneur plus everything you’d ever want to know about bees. Ten years ago, Marina Marchese fell in love with bees during a tour of a neighbor’s honeybee hives. Surprised to find that allowing docile honeybees to crawl across her hands instilled a serene tranquility and comfort, Marina quit her job, acquired her own bees, built her own hives, harvested honey, earned a certificate in apitherapy, studied wine tasting in order to transfer those skills to honey tasting, and eventually opened her own business.


Today, Red Bee Honey sells artisanal honey and honey-related products to shops and restaurants all over the country. Honeybee is not only a warm and inspiring story of one woman’s intimate experience with honeybees (arguably the most industrious creatures on earth) but it is also bursting with fascinating and practical information about all aspects of bees, beekeeping, and honey, including life inside the beehive and the role of the queen, drones, and workers; how bees make honey; pollination and its importance in sustaining life; harvesting honey and comb; healing with honey and the practice of apitherapy; and much, much more. Recipes for food, drink, and personal care products are included throughout. Also included is a detailed appendix of 75 different varieties of honey with tasting notes.


Carol Herman the Books Editor at The Washington Times names Marchese’s HONEYBEE as one of the “Books We Loved in 2009!”

“Marchese has given us a lovely gift. Honeybee is an entertaining and useful primer for the novice and honeybee devotee alike.” 

~ The Washington Times ~ 


“This was the perfect book for bringing together information that I had learned in Bee Keeping Club & at the hive. I had read several books before stumbling onto “Honeybee”, and this was the one that made everything click. It is packed with facts I needed to know as a beekeeper, and practical story vignettes I could relate to. A wonderful companion for my journey! I think every beekeeper should own a copy!”
~ Angie Hicks, Founder Angie’s List ~


“Honeybee is a delightful book, filled with love and passion and fascinating information about one of the most important (and neglected) links in the food production chain: bees! Highly recommended!”
~ Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, author of The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth ~


“A delightful read, packed with useful information and charming stories, Honeybee will tell you everything you need to know to get started in beekeeping. More important, it will make you want to: Marina Marchese’s enthusiasm is infectious.”
~ Rowan Jacobsen, author of Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honeybee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis ~


“Honeybee brings a greater appreciation of both [honey] and the little creatures that deliver it. A simple food turns out not to be so simple after all; as I am to honey itself, I found myself a little stuck to this book.”
~ Max McCalman, Dean of Curriculum, Artisanal Premium Cheese, and author of The Cheese Plate, Cheese: A Connoisseur’s Guide to the World’s Best, and Mastering Cheese ~


“C. Marina Marchese’s deeply felt love and appreciation for the honeybee, the ancient craft of beekeeping, and the exquisite delicacy known as honey leaps from these pages. From her backyard in Connecticut to the Amalfi coast of Italy her personal journey provides a wonderful introduction to the world of the honeybee.”
~ Ross Conrad, author of Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture ~


“Marina Marchese’s Honeybee: Lesson from an Accidental Beekeeper is a charming and informative passage to the hive from the beginning to end. Especially helpful are the appendices to guide novice and experienced beekeepers in honey varietals, pairings, and labels. It’s a perfect bee primer for all audiences.”
~ Tammy Horn, author of Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation ~



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International Orders UK, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand

Media and Publicity Inquiries for Marina’s books
CONTACT: Kara Thornton at
Hachette / Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers
Phone: 212.364.05372


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