Cooking With Flowers by Miche Bacher

Cooking With Flowers

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Cooking With Flowers – Book Review

I love flowers.

I love growing flowers. I love decorating with flowers. I love wearing flowers in my hair.

But, I confess, the concept of cooking with flowers is new to me!

So, when Quirk Books invited me to review Cooking With Flowers – Sweet and Savory Recipes with Rose Petals, Lilacs, Lavender, and Other Edible Flowers by Miche Bacher of Mali B. Sweets, I could hardly wait to get my hands on it!

When the book arrived, I poured over it. I did not want to put it down!

My first impression?

     I truly believe this might be the most beautiful cookbook I have ever seen!

Seriously.

Even if you never make a single recipe out of it, if you love cookbooks, you will want this book for Miana Jun’s gorgeous photography alone!

But – when you finish looking at the eye candy and actually start to read the book – I’m sure you’ll be fascinated by what you find!

The book opens by answering a few questions that are probably burning a hole in your brain:

  • Why eat flowers?
  • What do flowers taste like?
  • Are flowers good for you?

Next, Miche reviews the rules that govern flower eating. (Seriously? Who knew!)

Then, we delve into the heart of the book, where Miche discusses over 17 categories of flowers – including Lilacs, Orchids and Roses – and treats us to over 100 floral recipes we can eat!

Here’s a sampler of what you will find:

  • Imagine how refreshing Hibiscus Popsicles, Lilac Sorbet or Lavender Lemonade would taste on a hot summer day.
  • Envision how pretty and colorful Spring Tulip and Pea Shoot Salad, Pansy Petal Pancakes and Passionfruit Orchid Tartlets would be!
  • Picture the delight in your guests’ eyes when you serve Dandelion Ham and Egg Cups, Calendula Cornbread, and Violet Flower Cupcakes!

Are you starting to get the sense that you really need this book?

Miche includes a wealth of information pertaining to flowers in this book for your culinary inspiration, but she doesn’t stop there. In the book of the book, she also includes a section entitled The Basics: Simple Recipes for Stocking Up. There, you’ll find her “tried and true recipes” that work for most edible flowers – as well as a list of sources to get you started!

As you might have gathered, I am totally enamored by Quirk Book’s latest cookbook. Cooking With Flowers has inspired me to step outside of my comfort zone and to anticipate trying some new creations this summer. The fact that these recipes look like miniature works of art is a beautiful bonus!

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12 Responses to “Cooking With Flowers by Miche Bacher”

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  1. Heather Webb says:

    What an interesting book! I bet the pictures are just gorgeous in it. Have you tried any recipes from it yet?

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1
      says:

      The photos are gorgeous – you will definitely want to stop by Amazon and take a peek into this book!

      I have not had a chance to try any of the recipes as of yet but I have a few earmarked for future projects to create and share! 🙂

  2. Cecelia
    Twitter: celialarsen
    says:

    I saw this book at the Quirk booth at BEA and wondered if it was any good. Glad to see that you’re so enthusiastic about it! I don’t grow any flowers, but I’m sure I could find a way to get the ingredients…

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1
      says:

      How lucky you are to have attended BEA live! Eric (the Quirk publicist) was manning the BEA booth. Wonder if you met him?!

      I have really loved all of the cookbooks I have reviewed from Quirk but this one is truly gorgeous!
      There is a source listing at the back of the book for places to get ingredients.
      I also have a few Martha Stewart cookbooks that I believe also list sources (I think she uses flowers decoratively in some of her recipes).

      I don’t think I am really interested in “eating” flowers per se. I just really love beautiful creations so the recipes she presents in this book – along with the gorgeous photographs – really appeals to my aesthetic sensibilities!

      (Does that make sense?)

  3. Deb Nance says:

    Love this cool idea for a cookbook! Off to add it to my Amazon wish list!

    Here’s my It’s Monday!

  4. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads
    says:

    I have cooked with (well, decorated with) edible flowers. I didn’t realize there was an entire cookbook about them! (Eric has been holding out on me!)

  5. JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing
    Twitter: lakesidemusing
    says:

    Not sure how much I would actually make from it, but I’d really like to take a closer look at this cookbook!

  6. Cathy
    Twitter: ThoughtsonBooks
    says:

    This sounds like such an interesting cookbook! I love flowers too, but have never tried cooking with them. I’m going to head over to the links now and check it out.

    Visiting from the ‘Cozy Reading’ blog hop. : )

  7. Natasha in Oz
    Twitter: natashainoz
    says:

    I often use flowers as a garnish or in salads. They are so pretty and some even taste good too!

    Thanks so much for sharing at the Say G’day Saturday linky party. This week’s link up has just started so I hope you can stop by and say g’day!

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend,
    Natasha in Oz

  8. Claudia says:

    thanks for sharing !

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