Show Me the Honey

Adventures of an Accidental Apiarist

By (author): Dave Doroghy
Foreword by: Rick Hansen
ISBN 9781771513227
Softcover | Publication Date: April 28, 2020
Book Dimensions: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
320 Pages

About the Book

Winner of a 2020 Gourmand World Cookbook Award

“If you think beekeeping is a quick and easy shortcut to wealth, this book will set you straight…” —New York Times

A lighthearted, self-deprecating account of one fledgling beekeeper’s misadventures. With wit and warning in equal measure, this informative, refreshingly honest narrative will resonate with any new beekeeper.

When Dave Doroghy’s sister gave him 15,000 honey bees as a Christmas gift, his practical knowledge of beekeeping would have fit on the proverbial backend of an Apis mellifera. He spent the next two years learning everything he needed to know to keep that beehive alive and well—he attended a beekeeping conference, joined a bee club, and even went to bee school. But bad things still happened—he sustained multiple stings, wasps attacked his hive, he fought an ongoing battle with killer varroa mites, and even lost his queen—twice!

In Show Me the Honey Doroghy recounts his often tension-filled misadventures in beekeeping with self-deprecating humour and lightheartedness. Whether it’s the impending chaos of transferring tens of thousands of insects to an outyard, the horror of discovering bees on the inside of his beekeeping suit, or just wondering if he will end up with even an ounce of honey for all his efforts, Doroghy shares the joy, the surprises, and the less-acknowledged financial sting of keeping bees. Above all, he relishes in the details of keeping a hive and getting to know the fascinating little creatures that inhabit those mysterious wooden boxes.

About the Author(s)

Dave Doroghy has worked in radio broadcasting and advertising, and has spent the last 30 years in sports marketing. He was the Vice President of the former NBA Vancouver Grizzlies and more recently the Director of Sponsorship Sales for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Dave now lives on a floating home just outside of the city, where he raises bees and blogs about it at He is the co-author of 111 Places in Vancouver You Must Not Miss.

Rick Hansen is the Founder of the Rick Hansen Foundation and a passionate supporter of people with disabilities in Canada. He is best known as the “Man In Motion” for his epic 26-month, 34-country, 40,000-km wheelchair trip around the world to prove the potential of people with disabilities and raise funds for spinal cord injury research.


An April 2020 Loan Stars Buzz Book

“If you think beekeeping is a quick and easy shortcut to wealth, this book will set you straight. . . a light read on the pleasures and pains of a beekeeper that will give you new respect for all the work — by two- and six-legged laborers alike — that goes into producing the spoonful of honey you stir into your tea.” —New York Times

“Beauty and joy, for sure, bees do offer. But Doroghy is differently compelled. He continues because of knowledge, but not the typical sort . . . By “carefully observing and respecting their world as an accidental apiarist might,” he finds he can discover from bees ‘how to navigate the complex, much more dysfunctional hive of humans swarming over Planet Earth.’ . . . He learns about himself and what he could be.” —New York Journal of Books

“This charming, hilarious, no-nonsense memoir about one man’s attempt to live up to the world’s most daunting Christmas gift—15,000 honey bees—is the perfect read for anyone contemplating an ambitions new hobby or just looking for a few fun and informative hours.” —Munro’s Books, Victoria

“What a fun book. Informative, funny, and local. The bees I have in my garden may very well be Dave’s. Perfect summer read.” —Holly Morgan, Black Bond Books, Ladner