Book of the Month Club: The Flower Recipe Book

House Beautiful magazine’s August issue features some good books for the coffee table and the nightstand this month. I was particularly interested in The Flower Recipe Book, by Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo, published by Artisan Books.

Harampolis and Rizzo own Studio Choo in San Francisco, a florist boutique and stylist consultancy to Sunset and Food & Wine magazine, among others. The book is a guide for creating 100 different flower arrangements, each of which showcases a particular blossom. The different flowers are arranged alphabetically in the table of contents. Techniques, ingredients and “recipes” are illustrated with copious photographs, and suggestions are made for substitutions and variations.

A wide variety of vases and vessels are shown, with descriptions of types of shapes and textures to use to create a similar look and feel. Photographs are by Paige Green.

If I weren’t living under a “1 book in, 2 books out” policy right now, with only books I can’t part with, I would definitely buy this book! As it is, I’m going to be trolling the public library to see when it’s available, lol. 🙂

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