The Edible Flower Garden

The Edible Flower Garden

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Learn how to grow lovely and fragrant flowers then use them create delicious meals with this beautifully illustrated flower gardening and cooking book.

Anyone who picks up The Edible Flower Garden will be tempted to grow, harvest, and sample at least a few of the more than forty varieties of edible flowers. Among them, you'll find more familiar food plants--dill and mustard, for example--in addition to common flowers, such as tulips or roses. Author Rosalind Creasy's stunning photography and detailed plans for an edible flower garden make this a must-have book for any flower gardener or home chef.

Come along with Creasy on a tour with colorful pictures and careful diagrams and descriptions of her own flower gardens. Included is a tour of the edible flower gardens of Alice Waters famed Chez Panisse restaurant.

Creasy catalogues each variety of flower and how to grow it, plus gives a myriad of delectable ideas on how to use the flower from candied violets and roses to decorate appetizers and cakes, to nasturtiums for a colorful shrimp salad, to daylily buds, pink clover and wild mustard flowers that are tossed together in a spectacular stir-fry.

Favorite Recipes Include: Flower Butters Candied Flowers Tulip and Endive Appetizer Pineapple Sage Salsa Rose Petal Syrup Lavender Ice Cream And much more...
Publisher: Boston, MA : Periplus, c1999.
ISBN: 9789625932934
Characteristics: 106 p. :,ill. ;,28 cm.


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Jan 14, 2011

I had heard so much about Rosalind Creasy and what a garden god she is... I just had to find out why her books are so popular. Maybe it was all the build up? I don't know. But I know I am incredibly disappointed by this book and the edible herb garden companion piece which I checked out at the same time. What a bunch of fluff! Is this a Sunset publication? Over and over she re-uses the SAME photos. At one point only 2 pages separated the exact same image. One cropped slightly. Several times she shows the progression photos of a garden area over many months... only to show a TOTALLY DIFFERENT GARDEN! Does she think I cannot tell that the enormous rose bushes in background are now missing and replaced by tomatoes? For this book she enlisted the help of creme-de-la-creme edible gardening experts to plant test gardens. THIS I WISH SHE HAD EXPANDED UPON. It is a shame really. I want to know what THOSE gardens where like from planning to inception. The encyclopedia of flowers was nice but there are more thorough books that cover this better. Her recipes are what really saved the book entirely... but she also has a cookbook, so why not just check out her cookbooks? Ros, ros, ros... oh how much I have heard about you and oh how much you have let me down. (PS. In the spirit of this book I am cutting and pasting my review of her herb book here with only slight modification. Why do I have a feeling this is exactly how her and her editor worked together to "author" these books?)

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