Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Edible Posies

A press release just crossed my monitor for a book called EAT YOUR ROSES. [insert your own joke about pressed flowers ha ha]

Here's part of the release:
PITTSBURGH (June 1, 2011) - Now you can have your flowers and eat them too!  Denise Schreiber's new book, EAT YOUR ROSES…pansies, lavender and 49 other delicious edible flowers, is an adventure in taste delights, some familiar, some exotic.  Get ready to discover calendula corn muffins and that ultimate floral treat, rose petal ice cream!

EAT YOUR ROSES (St. Lynn's Press, June 2011) introduces 52 delicious edible flowers, their culinary uses and the special "sense appeal" for each. Schreiber, a passionate flower eater, horticulturist and award-winning cook, presents dozens of playful, mouth-watering recipes - from appetizers to desserts to fragrant liqueurs - all of them incorporating one or more edible flowers.

This light-hearted yet authoritative gift book balances edible flower history and lore with proper handling and preparation techniques - including a resource guide and a listing of flowers that are not edible and should be avoided. Her book is illustrated through with full-color photographs.

Schreiber invites us to look beyond the veggie patch for great food ideas. Many of her recipes were first introduced at her popular annual Edible Flowers Food Fest, the largest event of its kind in Western Pennsylvania.

About the Author:
Denise Schreiber is Greenhouse Manager for the Allegheny County Parks system, with 9 regional parks in the Pittsburgh area. She is a columnist for a number of regional garden and lifestyle magazines, and is a regular guest expert on the widely heard Sunday morning radio show, The Organic Gardeners (KDKA). Her yearly Edible Flowers Food Fest always attracts a sell-out crowd eager to see what she will come up with next.

About the Book:
Eat Your Roses…pansies, lavender and 49 other delicious edible flowers. St. Lynn's Press, June 1, 2011, 104 pages, trade paperback, ISBN 978-0-9819615-5-2; $17.95.


Available for pre-order (as of 5-24-2011) at Amazon.com.

I encourage you to visit the Allegheny County Gardens web site for more information on edible flowers (including the Edible Flowers Food Fest), recipes for using edible flowers, plants that are dangerous to your pets, and more.

Personally I'd rather look at 'em than eat 'em but think of the money you could save on catering if you only had edible flowers for your wedding.

Marian Allen
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

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