Keeping Bees with Ashley English

Lark Crafts (an imprint of Sterling Publishing) has added two more titles to there DIY (do it yourself) library this year: Keeping Bees and Home Dairy both by their resident DIY expert Ashley English.

Like the first two books:  Keeping Chickens and Canning and Preserving, these books are wonderfully designed, chock full of information that walks you through everything you need to know from how to get started to becoming a skilled expert.

In each of the books there is a section where they profile regular people who do what the books describe: keep bees, chickens, can or make cheese.  I love it because it gives you real insight into how people make it work for them and how they got it together to buy all the stuff and get started.  These sections are truly inspirational: after you have all the knowledge about how to do something the key ingredient is the energy and inspiration to DIY and these books give it to you!

Of course my favorite thing about all the books are the recipes.   A nice practical touch to the end of each book.

Bee keeping is not something you have to live in the country to do.  There are a lot of New Yorkers who keep bees. There is even, not surprisingly, a New York City Beekeepers Association (a great place to start if you live here and want to star Bee keeping).

For even more inspiration to you urban, bee keeping wannabees 😉  here is a video of the naked Brooklyn Bee keepers with tips on how to care for your hive (thanks Chris for the heads up on this).

And finally this was highlighted at Grist.org – beautiful, meditative contemplation on bee keeping in Hong Kong.


Nokia – HK Honey from The Silentlights on Vimeo.

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I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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