Book Review: The Complete Bee Handbook

reviewcover - the complete bee handbookTitle: The Complete Bee Handbook

Author: Dr. Dewey M. Caron

Genre: Non-Fiction, Animal Husbandry

Rating: 3 Stars



Explore the past, present, and future of bees, including their evolution, their ever-critical role as pollinators, and the ongoing threats that jeopardize their survival. Then, discover a short and sweet cultural history of beekeeping, the numerous applications of bee products, and tips on how you can support your local bee population.


The book is a wealth of information if you’re interested in bees as a whole – from their origins long before man walked the earth, to recipes … but I wouldn’t call it complete. There’s very little about beekeeping involved, no information on identifying bee species, or how hives work past generalities.

If you are interested in bees on the level of someone who’s been looking to learn a little more after seeing a few bees in their backyard – then yes, this is an easy book to pick up, and you will learn a little more about bees… but if you’re looking to get into the nitpicky details about bees, hives, and their taxonomy, this is not going to be what you’re looking for. It’s not a bad read, don’t get me wrong – it’s well written and easy to read, but you aren’t going to find all the information you’re looking for past casual information gathering.