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The Edible Flower Garden (Edible Garden Series) Paperback – March 15, 1999
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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
"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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived as described and on time. A definite asset to my edible flower library.Published 22 days ago by evarskid
Just the info I need to add more edible flowers to my Square Foot Garden plots. Very good descriptions and planting tips. Lots of beautiful pictures of the flowers in the garden. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jo Ann Carey
Wonderful compilation of edible flowers with stunning photographs. Check out my review at http://www.judithdreyer.com/blog/#sthash.GK7bPoP6.dpbsPublished 17 months ago by JMD
good resource book, be interesting to try the recipes later after harvestingPublished 18 months ago by Brian Pickett