Maple Sugaring, Wesleyan University Press
2015 | 220 pages | Cooking| Hardcover ISBN 978-0-8195-7569-2 | Purchase
Maple Sugaring gives readers an intimate look at the art and science of America’s favorite sweet. These stories, told by real-life sugarmakers, reveal how this ancient industry has persisted into the twenty-firstcentury. Thanks to the newest technology, and patience, New England sugarmakers are still keeping it real. A former maple sugarmaker and board member of the Connecticut Maple Syrup Producer’s Association, David Leff takes us on a journey into the very heart of New England’s character. Along the way he talks with the sugar gurus, who share their expertise, insights, and anecdotes about their experiences in the business. What makes maple sugaring such a beloved tradition? Is it marketing savvy, family tradition, or something deeper—and harder to tap? This book is for anyone with a sweet tooth who is curious about the science behind the sweetness, or who simply enjoys a good story. Maple Sugaring is full of wisdom, quirky characters, and recipes.
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What People Are Saying About This Book
“From heartwarming family history to the latest trends in sugaring technology, from traditional recipes to new culinary trends, and from maple syrup’s natural health benefits to the benefits of sugarmaking as a labor of love, Maple Sugaringcleverly captures what’s best of this time-honored New England tradition. Clearly, David Leff shares our passion.”—Mike Girard, Girard’s Sugarhouse, Heath, Massachusetts
“David Leff dives into a vat of maple syrup and comes out with a brilliant book on sugaring. His practical know-how and reverence for sugaring are matched only by his skill at depicting the kaleidoscopic interaction of character, place, science, and passion that has created the New England culture we know and love. Tree by tree, shack by shack, he builds a world and illustrates it from every angle. Like John McPhee before him, Leff has turned cultural investigation into an art.”—Eric D. Lehman, author of A History of Connecticut Food
“David Leff provides an excellent account of the maple industry and the incredible sugarmakers who bring us this all-natural sweetener every year. Anyone who loves pure maple syrup and the rural lifestyle of the Northeast will greatly enjoy this book.”—Michael Farrell, author of The Sugarmaker’s Companion: An Integrated Approach to Producing Syrup from Maple, Birch, and Walnut Trees.