Even though this is the busiest part of our planting season, the longer daylight hours mean that we can still get a lot of reading time in. Here’s the list of books we’re looking at this month…

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Say it with flowers! This visual bouquet includes a photographic glossary of popular flower types and their Victorian meanings, followed by step-by-step instructions for creating 25 beautiful arrangements. From Celebration and Luck, to Happiness and Forgiveness, each bespoke bunch of flowers suits an important occasion or recipient. Blooming with inspiring lifestyle photography and watercolor botanical illustrations throughout, Meaningful Bouquets brings a truly personal touch to flower arranging.

Buy it now >> Meaningful Bouquets: Create Special Messages with Flowers – 25 Beautiful Arrangements

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The book is filled with more than 100 innovative recipes that showcase chocolate’s complex flavor, from pink peppercorn ginger truffles and hickory-smoked caramels to chocolate oatmeal cream pies and raw almond bark. Step-by-step photographs guide the home cook, but also allow for experimentation and customization. Chocolate Alchemy gives chocolate addicts the knowledge and confidence to set up their own chocolate laboratory and craft confections and baked goods with the true flavors of chocolate as the star of the show.

Buy it now >> Chocolate Alchemy: A Bean-To-Bar Primer

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Erin Benzakein is a florist-farmer, leader in the locaflor farm-to-centerpiece movement, and owner of internationally renowned Floret Flower Farm in Washington’s lush Skagit Valley. This beautiful guide to growing, harvesting, and arranging gorgeous blooms year-round provides readers with vital tools to nurture a stunning flower garden and use their blossoms to create show-stopping arrangements.

Buy it now >> Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms

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Dandelion and Quince features plant profiles–from dandelion to quince–for over 35 uncommon vegetables, fruits, and herbs available in today’s markets–with over 150 recipes that explore their flavors. This illustrated cookbook celebrates the abundance at farmers’ market and local grocery store yet to be discovered by the everyday cook. From mustard and kumquats to nettles, fava leaves, sunchokes and more, the blossoms, berries, leaves, and roots featured in Dandelion & Quince are simple foods that satisfy our need for a diversity of plant life in our diets, grown with care and prepared by our own hands for our families and communities.

Buy it now >>Dandelion and Quince: Exploring the Wide World of Unusual Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs

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Nourishing plants can have a profound effect on our health when incorporated into the foods we eat. By bringing herbs such as dandelion, purslane, sumac, and calendula into the kitchen—rather than limiting them to medicines or remedies—we can enjoy their flavors and reap their benefits. From Nettle Chai to Lavender Yogurt, Wild Greens Miso Paste, Lamb’s-Quarter Cavatelli, and Rose Petal Rice Pudding, the recipes here were created to please the palate and with long-term health in mind. Explore these everyday recipes to calm stress and anxiety, ease digestion, correct imbalances, build immunity, and promote overall wellness and longevity.

Buy it now >> The Healing Kitchen: Cooking with Nourishing Herbs for Health, Wellness, and Vitality

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Hayley McKee is passionate about creating sweets that taste of nature, where the ingredients are familiar, the coloring is genuine, and the flavors are unmasked. In Sticky Fingers, Green Thumb she celebrates the use of vegetables, edible flowers and herbs in her incredible baked desserts.

Buy it now >> Sticky Fingers, Green Thumb: Baked Sweets that Taste of Nature

 

by Aray Till

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