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Lesley Herbert's Complete Book of Sugar Flowers Hardcover – September 1, 1992

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About the Author

Lesley Herbert is well-known for her creative and adaptable approach to cake decorating, but one of her outstanding skills is her ability to create sugar flowers that are almost indistinguishable from the real thing. As well as her many distinguished qualifications as a baker and lecturer in further education, Lesley has studied floristry at City and Guilds level.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Merehurst Limited; Hardcover with Jacket edition (September 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853913561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853913563
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #820,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If you have any experience of gum paste flowers you will love this book. Excellent clear step by step colour pictures and good explanatory text. Glorious pictures of finished cakes and flower bouquets. Not for the beginner though as some of the techiniques are quite complex. Buy this book if you are looking for inspiration and a challenge .
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. Glaser on July 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I THINK THIS IS AN EXCELLENT BOOK FOR ANYONE WHO KNOWS THE BASICS OF SUGAR FLOWER MAKING AND WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE. ITS WELL WRITTEN AND GIVES DETAILED INSTRUCTION AND MANY FLOWERS TO MAKE THAT ARE HARD TO TELL FROM THE REAL THING.

I LOVE IT.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marita Ruiz on March 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful book to look at - amazing flowers. However, I felt it was more of a "show off" book, rather than an actual "how-to" book. I wanted another book, but it was apparently out of print, so I chose this one. I think, for my purposes, it was too costly for the material covered.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jauquetta on October 2, 2007
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This is a very lovely book. Full of great information for the more advanced decorator. It is a fine one to add to your permanent library, especially if you really enjoy making fondant/gumpaste flowers. She offers some of the more interesting and unusual flowers. She is from the U.K. so some of the flowers are not ones we get in the U.S.A. Most of these flowers require cutters, but she does include some that do not. There are good step by step directions, provided you do have some knowledge of this medium. The only flower that I can't find a cutter for here is the carnation and it looks as though it would be a great way to make it, too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KWrath on October 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Once again another book is available for the budding or experienced artist. Even if you are experienced there is always a little something different from each artist.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia S. Foshee on June 7, 2011
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I ordered this book to try and learn to make gumpaste flowers. My flowers turned out great!!! I was able to use the books instructions and techniques to help me make flowers that were both in and not in this book simply by following the same steps with the flower that I wanted to make. GREAT BOOK IF YOU ARE WANTING TO LEARN AND YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH REAL FLOWERS!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By joeben on July 19, 2010
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Very good book. Very well written. Easy to understand and follow. I would highly recommend the book.
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By G. Oakes on September 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is very thorough in all her explanations on how to make the various gumpaste flowers. My only complaint is that she'll say take a ball of gumpaste... but with no reference as to the size of the ball you should be starting with. Besides that, the flowers give FAR more realistic looking results than most sets of directions (try the summer rose, for example).

Approach the book with a fair degree of measured patience, and thoroughly read all the instructions before attempting a flower, as it may turn into a multi-day project letting layers dry accordingly.
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