Cooking with Flowers - Book Review and Giveaway

Cooking with Flowers has to be in my Top Five Best Books, this really is, in my opinion, one amazing book.  I mean I already knew that some flowers are edible, but I didn't know just how many or of the delightful things that can be conjured up using them.  

Flowers and herb flowers make everything so pretty, especially on a plate.  I'm sure we've all seen the contestants of the fantastic 'Masterchef' on TV use flowers in their recipes or to decorate the plate - but if you want to know where to start and which flowers you can eat, this is the book for you.
Orchids are such beautiful flowers and this book shows how you can use them for example, in a seafood saute, and an orchid pineapple upside down cake.  
 Pictures taken from the book, purely for the purpose of this review:

Then there's the Dianthus flower, probably one of my favourites.

The book has an abundance of Flower Whipped Creams and Frostings, Flower Sorbets, Lemonades, Ice Creams, Jellies and Jams and more.  Even though I'm not a one for desserts, I really have to make this Fig and Rose Cream Trifle.  What do you think, doesn't it look pretty and delicious?

In all cookbooks I always look for a conversion chart, and yes this book has one.  American, Imperial and Metric all covered including oven temperatures too - love it.

Although the book does have a few recipes calling for specialty tools and ingredients there's a handy website address list showing you where these items can be purchased.

Just a small handful of recipes that caught my eye:
Thai Orchid Beef Salad, Hibiscus Fried Rice, Lavender Lemonade, Fig and Rose Cream Trifle (shown above) Violet Flower Cupcakes, Popcorn-Chive Blossom Cupcakes and the Tulip Ice Cream Bowls - a truly lovely alternative bowl to serving your ice cream in.    

Cooking with Flowers is an hard-backed book published by Quirk Books, the author is Miche Bacher of Mali B Sweets.  Outstanding photography is by Miana Jun.

Huge thank you to Mat at PGUK Publishers Group and Quirk Books for sending me a copy to review and supplying a giveaway copy.

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  1. My favourite edible flower is lavender but the flavour has to be subtle. I have used nasturtiums in salads before.

  2. I don't have a favourite edible flower as I've never eaten any but it would probably be lavender. I need to break my habit of avoiding flowers in cooking so this book would be a good start:-)

  3. I have never eaten any flowers before! Looks very interesting, I'd love to give it a go!

  4. Roses are my favourite especially in Turkish delight :) I have never cooked with flowers myself though.

  5. i love nasturtiums they add some sparkle to a salad

  6. i've not really got a favourite flower and it sounds very interesting

  7. I can't say i have ever cooked or eaten with flowers, but i did know that you could. I would like to find out more & experiment. This book looks very interesting and a great place to start.


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