Cooking with Flowers: Sweet and Savory Recipes with Rose Petals, Lilacs, Lavender, and Other Edible Flowers

Cooking with Flowers: Sweet and Savory Recipes with Rose Petals, Lilacs, Lavender, and Other Edible Flowers

by Miche Bacher, Miana Jun

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ISBN-13: 9781594746673
Publisher: Quirk Publishing
Publication date: 04/02/2013
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 32 MB
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About the Author

MICHE BACHER is an herbalist, chef, and owner of the custom confectionary studio Mali B Sweets (Malibsweets.com), which operates with Nanao Anton. She lives in the waterfront village of Greenport, New York, with her husband, Noah, her sons, Jordan and Elijah, and their dog, Mali.
 
MIANA JUN is an international photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. She specializes in location photography including weddings, portraiture, dance, food, and travel. Her love for nature, composition, storytelling, and traveling the world continues to inspire her work.


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Table of Contents

Introduction 5

Why Eat Flowers? 6

From Garden to Table 8

Calendulas 10

Dandelions 22

Daylilies 34

Dianthus 42

Elderflowers 52

Geraniums 62

Herb Flowers 70

Hibiscus and Hollyhocks 90

Lilacs 102

Nasturtiums 112

Orchids 118

Pansies and Violas 128

Roses 136

Squash Blossoms 144

Sunflowers 152

Tulips 160

Violets 166

The Basics: Simple Recipes for Stocking Up 176

Sources 186

Metric Conversion Chart 186

Acknowledgments 187

Index 188

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Cooking with Flowers: Sweet and Savory Recipes with Rose Petals, Lilacs, Lavender, and Other Edible Flowers 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TheStephanieLoves More than 1 year ago
Miche Bacher of the famed Mali B Sweets brings us this gorgeous, wonderfully written cookbook on the culinary usage of flowers. There are dozens of flowers mentioned in this collection, including ones I encounter regularly such as dandelions, geraniums, herbs, and roses, as well as a few I hadn't even heard of prior to reading Cooking with Flowers, such as nasturtiums, hollyhocks, and elderflowers. Each flower has it's own "chapter," making finding recipes you want as easy as ever. I also love how each section has a brief background history of the flower, as well as its culinary uses, flavors, seasonality, preparation instructions, and proper units of measure.  Now, my expectations of this book were a little different—I thought at first that it would show me how to actually use flowers as food, such as flower soups, casseroles, sautées, etc., but for the most part, they are not an integral part of the recipes in which they are featured. The majority of the recipes only use flowers as decor; otherwise, they can be easily replaced by a non-flower ingredient (e.g. the various flower jellies that are pretty much regular jellies but use flowers instead of fruits). I'm not disappointed, though! This was an unexpected, and rather aesthetically pleasing new experience. My only reservation is how there are no step-by-step pictures. Maybe it's because I'm an awfully visual person, but the long chunks of text made it difficult for me to follow the steps for some of the recipes I tried out. Other than that, this book is a must for the natural food lover, and for gift-giving! Pros: Magnificent photographs // Impressive number of diverse, colorful recipes // Sturdy, refreshing matte-cover hardbound book—great for the kitchen and the coffee table! // Beautiful graphics and text // Organized by flower, with so many to discover and try  Cons: No step-by-step pictures // Recipes aren't groundbreaking in uses for flowers; most of them use flowers as edible decoration, for seasoning, or for pigment Verdict: Cooking with Flowers isn't terribly inventive in its recipes—for the most part, flowers have superfluous roles, serving as cake/cookie/bread toppings or just as flavoring, akin to the function of herbs—but that doesn't make Miche Bacher's new cookbook any less enjoyable. I love the stunning photographs and the organization of the types of flowers used. Do pick this one up when you get the chance; it's definitely a keeper!  8 out of 10 hearts (4 stars): An engaging read; highly recommended. Source: Complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you!).