“Magnificent and comprehensive!”

“What a magnificent and comprehensive work! I truly enjoyed it. Well written and captivating, impressive illustrations and very valuable information. Certainly a complete guide to beekeeping and a glimpse of how simple beekeeping could be if the mites had not changed our bee management practices. I especially like the information on managing fixed-comb hives (too bad they are not legal in the U.S.)—beekeepers’ ingenuity never fails to amaze me. The information on bee biology and flowers demonstrates how fascination with bees leads us to investigate their behavior and explore the world around us. Interesting and thorough work, excellent translation. Well worth it, and inspiration to all.”

— Dr. Diana Sammataro
author of The Beekeeper’s Handbook, USDA Bee Lab scientist emeritus


“Fascinating! It will shake up your thinking.”

Keeping Bees With a Smile is a valuable guide for independent-minded beekeepers who are seeking ways to keep bees without treating them with chemicals, disrupting their homes, and otherwise intruding on their lives. Fedor Lazutin, one of Russia’s foremost natural beekeepers, describes a beekeeping system based on a trust of a bee colony as a living being capable of solving life’s challenges without human assistance. Beginner-friendly and complete with fascinating photographs, it is a special book, and one that I expect will ‘shake up’ the thinking of the independent-minded beekeepers in North America and Europe.”

— Dr. Thomas D. Seeley, Professor, Cornell University
author of Honeybee Democracy and The Wisdom of the Hive