Let your creativity blossom by cooking with botanical ingredients for stunning visuals and delicious flavors—from Loria Stern, social media star and originator of the botanical-pressed cookies trend.
In the common imagination, cooking and baking with botanical ingredients is often constrained to a sprig of edible flowers decorating a dessert. For Loria Stern, it is a way to bring her whole garden into the kitchen, to play with colors and flavors, and make every dish beautiful. Her popular Instagram, catering business, and bakery bring these playful, beautiful, and nourishing creations into people’s homes. In Eat Your Flowers, she invites readers to take advantage of nature’s edible bounty to create their own, both through her own recipes and the foundational knowledge that gives anyone the ability to incorporate botanicals into their own cooking.
In this celebration of natural components, Loria shares how to get brilliant results usually only acquired through chemical-laden ingredients, such as wilted purple cabbage blended with nuts into a beautiful purple spread that magically turns bright pink with a squeeze of lemon. But Loria’s use of botanicals brings value far beyond just the visual aesthetics—she is a master at incorporating them in ways that make the most of their natural flavors, enhancing each dish in taste as well. Blending freeze-dried raspberries into flour makes her cookie dough a sultry red and gives it a perfect tartness. Breakfasts, appetizers, salads, soups, breads, veggies, pasta, grains, meat, poultry, seafood, desserts, and beverages all get floral enhancements, with recipes including:
- Rainbow Coconut Granola
- Flower-filled Buns
- Floral Summer Rolls
- Gardenscape Focaccia
- Flower-pressed Pasta
- Rose Pistachio Bars
- Flower-pressed Shortbread Cookies
- Prickly Pear Mojito
Eat Your Flowers shows readers how to transform botanical ingredients—root to stem—into recipes that are a pleasure to make, eat, and share.