For city folk who long for the farm, the next step after urban chickens is beekeeping. Three new books deliver the buzz.
The Beekeeper's Bible: Bees, Honey, Recipes and Other Home Uses (Stewart, Taboori & Chang) by Richard A. Jones and Sharon Sweeney-Lynch is a lavishly illustrated, information-packed book on the history and how-tos of beekeeping.
Honeybee: Lessons From an Accidental Beekeeper (Black Dog & Leventhal) by C. Marina Marchese is a memoir about how a casual visit to a neighbor's hives transformed her into the owner of an artisanal honey business and an expert on the golden goods.
Your Farm in the City: An Urban Dweller's Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals (Black Dog & Leventhal) by Lisa Taylor and the gardeners of Seattle Tilth covers beekeeping and much more, from preparing organic garden beds to milking goats.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor