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The Flower Recipe Book Hardcover – April 2, 2013
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“A pitch-perfect combination of beautiful and functional. . . . Showcasing over 100 floral creations, The Flower Recipe Book breaks down flower arrangements as if they were recipes: including ingredients, how-to steps and ideas for altering arrangements to suit your style.” ―Design*Sponge
“A beautifully illustrated and practical guide to the . . . art of fresh-flower arranging.” ―The New York Times
“Simple ways to arrange what’s in season” ―Redbook
“Full of easy how-tos for naturalistic, seasonal arrangements. It’s like one of the studio’s (always sold out) workshops in book form.” ―Sunset Magazine
“Required reading…A perfect spring gift.” ―Gardenista
“A jaw-dropping coffee-table tome . . . perfect for everyone from the DIY bride to the avid farmers market flower forager, this new book makes artful arrangements look doable ― even for amateurs.” ―PopSugar
About the Author
Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo are the authors of The Flower Recipe Book and founders of Studio Choo, a San Francisco–based floral design studio that serves up fresh, wild, and sophisticated flower arrangements for any occasion. Their work has been featured in the New York Times, Real Simple, Redbook, Country Living,and Brides; in their guest column on Design*Sponge; and on lifestyle sites like Apartment Therapy, Kinfolk, and Remodelista.
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1. Everything is numbered the steps and the recipes themselves. For instance: Recipe 3 Special Occasion, Step 1. Makes things move so much faster when you don't have to skim a paragraph to find where you were when interrupted. I do this myself with my baking recipes- I put tasks in numerical order.
2. So easy to follow. It's like flower arranging for dummies but without the stupid title. For instance this is the 1st task of a Recipe is "place the maple branch on the right side of the pitcher so that the leaves hang over the rim." See? I dare you try to find a way to do that wrong.
3. It looks nice so you can leave it out. I, personally, do not like ugly things laying out or even using them. Maybe I'm picky-but imagine this look on a side table versus "Whatever for Dummies" with its bright yellow and black colors.
4. The design inside is as nice as it is outside.
What would have made me LOVE this book like a lover would be:
1. Simple Illustrations. But only when necessary (not necessary in most cases)
2. Suggest substitutions for hard to find or very $$$ flowers. I just made some substitutions on the fly because the none of the 100 or so types of flowers my farmers market has were "celosia" not the "crested variety" or the "plume variety."
Practical- I did recipe 3, it turned out beautiful I think except I wasn't sure of the height requirements on the last five or so flowers. I spent $40. for all of the flowers. I had to buy more than I needed-so maybe it won't always be that much.
I live by amazon reviews and I am so bad to leave them. I would more reviews if I thought they would be helpful so if this let me know.
For realistic, informative on many levels, and beautiful design help, try: DESIGN STAR by Michael Gaffney. He gives "recipes" also, but recipes which can produce stunning, sophisticated arrangements full of "POP", as well as formulas for simple, quiet bouquets. This is the book to have if you are only buying one book to help you get started, or adding to an already full library of the same genre, when you need some inspiration!
If you're looking to think outside the box, this is the book for you. It clearly labels each element used in each of the breathtaking arrangements. My 14-year-old daughter, for whom I purchased the book, is now able to identify plants and flowers we had never seen before.
This book is not for those who want traditional, typical, 1-800-FLOWERS-type arrangements. This is for the true nature artist!
First of all, buying individual flowers like this, wholesale, is an expensive venture. You aren't likely to find these combinations in store-bought bouquets. Secondly, the arranging style is all very similar, and it would have been good to have a few more "flavors" to learn various styles and forms.
However, the photos are beautiful, the basic design guidelines are simple to understand, and it was lovely to read more about beautiful flowers. That said, with a little initiative, you could easily translate these arrangements into something personal and custom yourself. At the very least, even if you never make an arrangement, it's a gorgeous coffee table book.