on 13 April 2012
This book scores high on beautiful pictures and inspirational content.
The first part gives general recipes like butters, oils, hot drinks, ice bowl (like the one on the cover) etc. Then there is a section with ideas for what to plant together ("projects" if you want - the instructions are perhaps a bit excessive, most of them boils down to "plant these ting together in a pot", without a lot of tips on the habits of the specific plants) and recipes using the same flowers.
(I count more than 30 recipes, don't know why cover says only 25). The focus is on desserts and light lunches + drinks.
There's also a short guide to planting and propagating, and then the directory with 40 different edible flowers, giving specifics on what conditions they like, what parts to use and how to use them in food.
All in all it is a nice compact book, with all the important edible flower how-to in one place, and a lot of inspirational ideas to get your creativity going.
on 20 June 2013
This is simply a wonderful book. Part gardening book, part cookery book, the mix really works well. It's beautifully illustrated and if you're in any way interested in growing your own, you'll be so inspired by the idea of adding edible flowers to your garden repertoire. I highly recommend this book. I've had it for years and go back to it again and again - it's a really lovely book.
on 14 April 2009
The book is fabulous, obviously it is an older version of a newer book out, but it is beautifully presented, well written and extremely common sense... Easy read and easy to follow instructions. Loved it. One special book one needs in your cook book collection. Beautiful book.
on 8 September 2010
I absolutely love this book - it's beautifully illustrated and has lots of really good ideas and recipes, many of which I've tried to great success. The ice-flower bowl on the cover was actually surprisingly easy to recreate and was a really stunning centrepiece for a summer dinner-party dessert. The bergamot wild rice has also become a summer staple in our house... really delicious. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys gardening, cooking, or just really pretty things. Wonderful book!
on 17 December 2013
I can't pinpoint why I am disappointed by this book because it works methodically through edible flowers : history, cookery, harvesting and planting but perhaps it is too inclusive and the order is rather higgledy piggledy. Sowing seeds and taking cuttings are after harvesting and cookery and complementary foods and flowers is at the end, which is not logical to me. However, this is a publishing decision and it is unfair to mark this against the author. Perhaps I was looking for a greater depth and culinary inspiration but there is certainly comprehensive cover, so to award 3 stars would be harsh.