SLOW FLOWERS Podcast: Cooking with Flowers, an interview with chef Miche Bacher of Mali B. Sweets (Episode 111)
October 16th, 2013
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Today we’re going to talk about eating flowers.
Yes, flowers as food.
I once had a big-time New York editor say to me: Why should I care about how flowers are grown, anyway? After all, we don’t eat them!
As a response to that challenge, I wish I had been able to pull out “Cooking with Flowers,” the most eye-satisfying book I’ve ever seen. It was created by Miche Bacher, an herbalist, chef, and founder of the custom confectionary studio Mali B Sweets.
To WIN a free copy of “Cooking with Flowers,” courtesy of Quirk Books, listen to to my interview with Miche and make a comment below about the best edible flower tip you learned. I will draw a winner at random on Tuesday, October 22nd at 5 p.m. Pacific.
I learned about this beautiful cookbook from Mari Malcolm, an editor at Amazon who absolutely loves “Cooking with Flowers.” Mari showed me the book’s beautiful cover on her phone screen during a lunch we had together this past spring.
I keep ordering this delectable book and then giving it away as a gift to my flower lover-friends. And now, it is my great pleasure to spend this episode of Slow Flowers in a floral-focused conversation with Miche.
In her introduction, Miche writes:
“Flowers add color, complexity, and what I like to call the magical ‘what’s in it’ factor to your food. They are full of nutrients and often offer health benefits, too. You don’t have to be a master gardener or a trained chef to cook with flowers – once you start looking, you’ll realize edible blossoms are all around you, and it really is a breeze to use them.”
She is definitely a chef whose work begins in the garden. Through “Cooking with Flowers,” I’ve gained new inspiration for another important reason to appreciate local flowers.
I know you will learn much from my conversation with Miche, as we discuss her favorite culinary ingredients, including the lowly dandelion.
Here are some links we discussed in the interview:
Mali B’s Edible Flower Chocolate Collection:
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center LINK to Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products:
Click here for MORE about COOKING WITH FLOWERS, including exclusive recipes that Miche couldn’t fit into the book. You’ll also find bonus recipes for the medicinal and cosmetic use of flowers, salves, oils, and teas for healing; download recipe cards and read a Q&A with this talented woman.
October 17th, 2013 at 4:22 am
what a gorgeous book; i did not know u could use lilac and i have 3 of them.
October 17th, 2013 at 11:18 am
The ability to use the vibrant colors from flower petals such as pansies mixed with sugar to color baked goods instead of food coloring is a revelation from this lovely book!
October 24th, 2013 at 7:30 am
hi Gisele, thank you for commenting on my blog post/podcast with Miche Bacher of “Cooking with Flowers.” We would like to send you a book for winning the drawing. Please send me your mailing address! You can send it to my personal email: firstname.lastname@example.org
October 24th, 2013 at 7:31 am
hi Deb, how fun! You won the drawing for commenting on my blog/podcast with Miche Bacher of “Cooking with Flowers.” I have your biz card somewhere but why don’t you just email me your preferred mailing address so I can have Miche’s publisher send you a book? Hope to see you in 2014, best, Debra (email to use: email@example.com)
July 1st, 2014 at 6:58 am
Oh my goodness! My apologies Debra! For some reason I didn’t see your comment until now when I searched your site for links to include in my post for the 2014 Field to Vase Dinner. I just baked the Flowerfetti cake on the cover of Cooking with Flowers and am still in love with this enchanting cookbook!