Thursday, 22 May 2014

Cooking with Flowers, review and giveaway


The lovely people at Quirk books sent me a selection of cook/baking books early on in 2014 which for a cook book addict like me I was more than delighted. Cooking with Flowers: Sweet and Savoury Recipes with Rose Petals, Lilacs, Lavender, and Other Edible Flowers by Miche Bacher was one of the books that were sent to me and this book not only intrigued me due to the concept but also inspired me to step outside my baking box. What intrigued me is the thought of flowers, for example a dozen red roses, being in-cooperated in a cake, a pancake or bread dish for example and also how would flowers taste in a dish? I’ve never eaten flowers before and unfortunately still have not done this, as I have yet to make a selection of recipes that I usually do when I receive a book but I could not resist sharing the wonders of this book as I have pencilled in so many recipes to try. 
There are 100 recipes that will bring beautiful flower-filled dishes to your kitchen table. There is a selection of delightful recipes including pansy petal pancakes,  daylily cheesecakes, savoury sunflower chickpea salad, chive blossom vinaigrette, herb flower pesto and mango orchid sticky rice. Yum! Each recipe  contains helpful tips and tricks for finding, cleaning and preparing edible flowers. The pages are beautifully illustrated and I think this book will certainly appeal to the more creative and adventurous baker. 
Cooking with Flowers

Cooking with Flowers

The chapters in this book are in accordance to the flower type and there is a real sense that the author is highly knowledgeable not only about each flower type but the complimentary parings in dishes. 
  • Three introductory chapters - Introduction, Why Eat Flowers? and From Garden to Table
  • Calendulas
  • Dandelions
  • Daylilies
  • Dianthus
  • Elderflowers
  • Geraniums
  • Herb flowers
  • Hibiscus and Hollyhocks
  • Lilacs
  • Nasturtiums
  • Orchids
  • Pansies and Violas 
  • Roses
  • Squash Blossoms
  • Sunflowers
  • Tulips
  • Violets
  • The Basics: Simple recipes for Stocking Up
Cooking with Flowers

Cooking with Flowers


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Disclaimer: I was given a copy of Cooking with Flowers to review, I was not required to write a positive review. Images were taken from Quirk books website. All opinions are my own.

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54 comments

  1. I love Roses so I would love to cook with them too

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  2. Carnations sound tasty as they are supposed to be peppery and I love pepper!

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  3. I would love to cook with pink rose petals, as i love the colour and smell!

    This book sounds brilliant - thank you so much for the giveaway x

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  4. Violets, they're so pretty and I hope they would taste as wonderful as they look.

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  5. I've used lavender and roses before, so maybe violets would be fun :)

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  6. I would like to try elderflowers x

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  7. Dandelions - Great way to use up the weeds.

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  8. Lavender would make an interesting flavour

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  9. Roses - I have a lot in my garden :-)

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  10. I have made lavender biscuits and found they have a lovely subtle flavour so would love to try new recipes and more flavours.
    Ann

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  11. Roses as they are my favourite!

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  12. I often make dishes with Nasturtiums as a ganish - they add so much vibrancy and colour, plus I have loads in the garden!

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  13. My current obsession is elderflower, would love to try it in baking

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  14. Alisha Sienkiel in rafflecopter.

    I would love to cook with roses or lavender!

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  15. I like to cook with flour now I can cook with flowers!

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  16. love squash so maybe squash blossom would be good too xx

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  17. I'd love to do a child's birthday cake of an alien planet using orchids.

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  18. Violets, i adore the smell and taste of them

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  19. Roses, I was eyeing up some pink rose petals in my garden and thought about sugar frosting them.
    (sam fernley)

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  20. I would love to try pansy's as I've heard they are nice

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  21. Violets, love the colour & scent & I have lots in the garden

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