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The Edible Flower Garden (Edible Garden Series) Paperback – March 15, 1999

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Book 6 of 10 in the Edible Garden Series

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Author Rosalind Creasy has written extensively on edible gardens: The Edible Herb Garden and The Edible French Garden are some of her past titles. The Edible Flower Garden focuses on plants that not only enhance recipes, but also turn the plate into a painting--a visual as well as gastronomic enterprise. For the reader who thinks such things are only for true gourmets or Metropolitan Home magazine aesthetes, one look at the photographs in this book will seduce you. The images are so beautiful and unusual as to be hypnotic: rose petals served as a bowl of ice cream (Rose Petal Sorbet); salads that look like wildflower meadows.

Creasy interviews Alice Waters of Chez Panisse about her use of flowers in meals at her famous Berkeley restaurant; Waters recounts the curious effect cooking with flowers has on diners. "The flowers are a fascination. People really focus on them and are curious." This curiosity stems from a cluster of superstitions: that all flowers are somehow poisonous, that beautiful things should not be touched or consumed, that vegetables are the sturdy, useful plants while flowers are "for show." Reading The Edible Flower Garden, I remembered the summer I forgot to pick my artichokes, and they basked in the sun long after they were ripe. One day I looked out and it was as if a spell had been cast: the ugly green artichoke scales were gone, transformed into blinding purple flowers. Color is always hiding somewhere, and it is wonderful to allow it to flourish, like Creasy does, in places where it is not expected. --Emily White

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"For me, Ros Creasy is the Mother Godess of a new generation of American Kitchen Gardeners. She inspires us all by showing how the twin passions of gardening and cooking are connected in history and practice. Her extensive research, combined with a personal writing style that reveals her creative zest, make her book absolute essentials for all gardening cooks." —Renee Shepherd, Owner of Renee's Garden, Gardening Expert and Seed Supplier

"Rosalind Creasy's enthusiasm and knowledge of gardening and cooking never cease to amaze me. Anyone who reads these books will catch Rosalind's enthusiasm and be off running towards a new passion." —A. Cort Sinnes, Editor-At-Large, Gardening How-To

"Whether you are already a flower enthusiast or have never eaten a flower, this book will temp you. You are drawn into the beautiful and tasty world of edible flowers. Everything you need to know is between the covers of this book—from good I.D. photos of each flower and growing information to general ways to prepare the flowers and what foods they are best in. Even after all of my years of eating flowers, Ros has opened my eyes to new uses for many of my favorite edible flowers." —Cathy Wilkinson Barash, Author of Edible Flowers from Garden to Palate
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Product Details

  • Series: Edible Garden Series
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Periplus Editions (HK) ltd.; 1st edition (March 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9625932933
  • ISBN-13: 978-9625932934
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I never thought I would crave flowers, but this book has made me turn a new leaf! Another great inspiration from the Edible Garden Series. This is a valuable reference book as it provides the essentials to a successful garden in a format that is consistent and easy to read. It includes a complete encyclopedia of edible flowers with beautifully detailed photos that are good enough to eat! The photos make it easy for the beginner to learn the names of edible flowers and to easily identify all varieties. The author takes great care in listing any poisonious varieties that might be mistaken as edible. This book also contains sections on Planting and Maintenance, and Pest and Disease Control. It's an all-in-one tool. I plan to order the entire Edible Garden series. As soon as I finish one book, I'm hungry for the next!
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I found the book beautifully illustrated and for the most part interesting and informative. I also found the book a bit vague and by no means comprehensive. I am a chef trying to acquire a colorful palate for my presentation but I did not find enough variety. I wondered why at least a list of more flowers wasn't included somewhere. Overall a very enjoyable book, especially the recepies...
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Use what is fresh. In this case, that means the flowers too! In The Edible Flower Garden, Rosalind Creasy shares and explains the beautiful world of cooking with colorful and tasty flowers.
Emphasis is given to creating gardens that will supply those flowers. It takes a lot of flowers for most recipes, so it is good to know how many of each to plant and when to harvest. While traditional herbal flowers like lavender and borage are included, there are also selections on vegetable flowers, as well as, some more unusual flowers like lilacs, apple blossoms and begonias.
I particularly enjoyed Ms. Creasy's experiences with Alice Waters of Chez Panisse and the edible flower gardens they create to supply fresh flowers for their world renowned restaurant.
Of course, the beautiful photos of the Edible Flower Canapes, the Pineapple Sage Salsa and the Rose Petal Sorbet weren't bad either.
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This is a beautiful book to look at. And for a beginner it has some very useful information. But for me I was looking for a a more complete source of information. Will probably pass it on as a present to someone just getting started in using flowers in cooking.
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The photography in this book is stunning. The information in the book is extremely well done. I love the way the book is set up. The recipes come last and make you want all of the flowers necessary to make them. I make organic rose petal jelly, so I am always on the look out for rose recipes, the rose petal sorbet is great. It can be made as a sorbet or as an ice cream with a bit of tweaking. I have enjoyed chive flower butter, but the first batch I made was a tad potent. The chive flower imparts a much stronger taste in much less volume. The photos are full of great ideas to decorate with the flowers. I often put flowers in pasta and salad, but had certianly never thought of serving my rose butter in roses! Great book all the way around.
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We have been eating tasty nasturtium leaves and flowers in our salads for a few years now, my hubby has long enjoyed his fresh day lily buds, and I have enjoyed making festive ice cubes with embedded viola flowers. Then I found this wonderful book. It has definitely expanded our knowledge and enlivened our table. It has lovely 4-color plant photos, growing advice, plus yummy flower recipes. We had no idea that so many flowers were not only quite lovely, but also delightfully edible. I thought the book was so terrific, I got 2 more copies as gifts!
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I loved this book! I've always wanted to incorporate flowers into my edibles but was never quite sure which ones to use or how to use them. Now I can add to my garden those plants that will also provide flowers for eating or decorating.
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I have had a lot of fun with this book, both in the garden and re-assuring guests. I like to make some people nervous about digging in to a gorgeous platter of food with a few things they don't know if they are supposed to eat. Nice photographs and helpful commentary. When planning the garden for each season, this is the book I turn to for ideas about the finishing touches.
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