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The Power of Flowers: A Floral Adventure

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 7:00pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz is delighted to welcome two local authors for a dual event celebrating their new floral-inspired books. Cassie Winslow (Deco Tartelette) will present Floral Libations, her curated collection of 41 delightful recipes combining the playful creativity of fashion, the deliciousness of food, and the beauty of flowers in one gorgeous glass. Teresa Sabankaya (Bonny Doon Garden Company) will share The Posy Book, which features what have become her signature arrangement: posies. Inspired by the Victorian-era language of flowers, a posy is a small, round bouquet of flowers, herbs, and plants meant to convey a message, such as dahlias for gratitude, sunflowers for adoration, or thyme for bravery; she shares her favorites for every occasion! Both authors will share their expertise, a demonstration, and samples.

Floral Libations
Explore the unique flavors of flowers. Elegant, edible flowers are becoming more accessible every day--and they taste as good as they look. This curated collection of 41 delightful recipes combine the playful creativity of fashion, the deliciousness of food, and the beauty of flowers in one gorgeous glass. Whether you're throwing a baby shower, hosting a Mother's Day brunch, celebrating a wedding, or simply entertaining guests, there's something for everyone, with our without alcohol, including: Iced Lavender Café au Lait, Rose Petal Almond Milk, Dandelion Tea Cinnamon Cappuccino, Hibiscus Old Fashioned, Plum Rosewater Gin and Tonic, and Orange Blossom Moscow Mule.

Learn how to create floral pantry item staples to create a scrumptious and sophisticated cocktail of your own, and embark on a new culinary adventure. This garden-party eye candy also includes practical tips on where to buy edible flowers, whether to choose fresh or dried flowers, how to grow edible flowers at home, and how to use florals in other recipes.

The Posy Book
Inspired by the Victorian-era language of flowers, a posy is a small, round bouquet of flowers, herbs, and plants meant to convey a message, such as dahlias for gratitude, sunflowers for adoration, or thyme for bravery. These floral poems have become Teresa Sabankaya's signature. Brides want them for their weddings, but a posy is a lovely gift any time of year, and one that readers can easily put together from their garden or with blooms from their local florist.

In The Posy Book, Sabankaya shares step-by-step instructions, floral recipes for more than 20 posies, and ideas for seasonal variations. A modern floral dictionary, with 12 original paintings by celebrated illustrator Maryjo Koch, help readers craft their own posies filled with personal meaning.

Cassie Winslow is the founder and curator of the blog Deco Tartelette. She lives in Santa Cruz, California.

Teresa H. Sabankaya, a pioneer of the Slow Flower movement, runs the Bonny Doon Garden Company in Santa Cruz, California. She was featured in Michael Pollan's PBS documentary The Botany of Desire and has appeared on CBS News Sunday Morning. Her work has been featured in Elle magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, and many bridal magazines.

This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Chairs and spaces for activities are usually set up about an hour before the event itself. If you have any ADA accommodation requests, please e-mail info@bookshopsantacruz.com by May 6th.

 

 

Floral Libations: 41 Fragrant Drinks + Ingredients Cover Image
By Cassie Winslow, Doan Ly (Photographs by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781452172545
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - April 2nd, 2019

The Posy Book: Garden-Inspired Bouquets That Tell a Story Cover Image
By Teresa H. Sabankaya, Amy Stewart (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781682682630
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Countryman Press - May 7th, 2019