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The Flower Recipe Book Hardcover – Mar 26 2013
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“A pitch-perfect combination of beautiful and functional. . . . Showcasing over 100 floral creations, The Flower Recipe Book breaks down flower arrangements as if they were recipes: including ingredients, how-to steps and ideas for altering arrangements to suit your style.” ―Design*Sponge
“A beautifully illustrated and practical guide to the . . . art of fresh-flower arranging.” ―The New York Times
“Simple ways to arrange what’s in season” ―Redbook
“Full of easy how-tos for naturalistic, seasonal arrangements. It’s like one of the studio’s (always sold out) workshops in book form.” ―Sunset Magazine
“Required reading…A perfect spring gift.” ―Gardenista
“A jaw-dropping coffee-table tome . . . perfect for everyone from the DIY bride to the avid farmers market flower forager, this new book makes artful arrangements look doable ― even for amateurs.” ―PopSugar
About the Author
Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo are the authors of Artisan’s Flower Recipe Book, praised by the New York Times as “a beautifully illustrated and practical guide to the ephemeral art of fresh-flower arranging,” and The Wreath Recipe Book. They run Studio Choo in San Francisco, where they create wild, sculptural arrangements and teach a variety of flower arranging classes. Their work has been featured in the New York Times, Real Simple, Redbook, Country Living, and Brides; in their guest column on Design*Sponge; and on lifestyle sites like Apartment Therapy, Kinfolk, and Remodelista.
Jill Rizzo runs Studio Choo in San Francisco with Alethea Harampolis. There they create arrangements and bouquets and teach a variety of flower-arranging classes. The duo's work has been featured in their guest column on Design*Sponge, on design and lifestyle sites like Apartment Therapy, Kinfolk, Remodelista, and West Elm's blog, and on top wedding site Style Me Pretty.
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Holy hollyhocks, I was blown away. The book is so beautiful that I brought it to the office and set it out like a coffee table book (pod table book?) for my gardening work-friends. The steady stream of women gasping, omg-ing and getting a little flush was what led to our dubbing it “flower porn.”
The arrangements are exquisite, with styles ranging from funky to homey to elegant. The vases (or “vessels” as they’re called) are equally eclectic: classic urns, vintage jars, soup cans, bowls, pots, crystal and even string. No matter what your taste, there are arrangements to delight you. No matter how creative you are, there are ideas you would never dream up.
Many of my colleagues loved the recipes. That wasn’t a selling feature for me, but if you want how-to, there is a clearly written, well-illustrated instruction for each arrangement.
What I liked best was the choice of flowers—lilacs and daisies and lilies and hyacinth and tulips and cosmos—flowers you’d find in any neighbourhood garden. While the styles and vessels celebrate differences, the natural “self” of each ordinary flower is the book’s uniting theme, giving every arrangement both loveliness and a gentle, aching vulnerability.
This is the perfect hardcover gift book for gardeners, home décor enthusiasts, flower arrangers, slow flower fans or you, if you are any or all of the above.