Floriade Bookstore

Floriade: Reimagined is bringing esteemed authors to the discussion with the Floriade Podcast and Let’s Talk with Dan Bourchier live and on demand. Browse the Floriade Bookstore to view and purchase their great books!

Books will also be available for purchase and signing at the Let’s Talk with Dan Bourchier live events.

A Delicious Bunch
By Linda Brennan

Listen to Linda Brennan on the Floriade: Reimagined Podcast, episode released 8 October.

This beautiful book shares the authors lifetime of growing, tasting and cooking with the most delicious food and flowers, both home-grown and foraged. The easy to follow organic growing guidelines and garden designs are suitable for all climates and gardening abilities.

‘A Delicious Bunch’ features a range of flowers to grace your garden and menu. Gardeners will appreciate the detailed information on over thirty treasured and exotic edible flowers, with growing notes and inspiring images that make correct identification a breeze. For the foodie, there are easy to follow recipes with mouth-watering photography for each flower that celebrate the flavours, fragrance and aesthetics of that bloom. Some of the most popular recipes are pure sensory delights that tickle the taste buds. And it’s not just Crucifix Orchid Sponges and Snap Dragon Muffins!Discover how edible flowers can be the hero of each dish, from fermented drinks such as Bougainvillea Switzel and Elderflower Fizz, to home-made Cornflower Granola for breakfast, Sunflower Pesto and Society Garlic Biscuits for a snack, to Torch Ginger and Tempe Salad. Be guided through the best Chamomile to grow for tea and cakes, the most fragrant Jasmine, the only Blue Butterfly Vine that you can eat and best way to use Dahlia flowers. From garden fork to kitchen fork, you’ll be inspired to bring edible flowers into your garden and onto your plate.

The Edible Garden
By Paul West

See Paul West in conversation at Let’s Talk with Dan Bourchier and Paul West Saturday 19 September 3pm, then On Demand.

For Paul West, a meaningful life is one built around food and community. In The Edible Garden Cookbook & Growing Guide, Paul shows you how easy it is to grow and cook some of your own food, no matter how much space you have.

Paul shares practical gardening advice, with guides on building a no-dig garden, composting and keeping chooks, and an A-Z guide of the veggies that are easiest to grow. There are also more than 50 of Paul’s favourite family recipes – simple, produce-driven dishes that are bursting with freshness and flavour. And then there are ideas for fun food activities to do with your community, whether it’s hosting a pickle party or passata day, brewing beer with some mates or whipping up a batch of homemade sausages.

The Edible Garden Cookbook & Growing Guide is a celebration of real food and vibrant community. It will inspire you to grow, cook and eat with those you love – and find real meaning along the way.

The Ethical Omnivore
By Laura Dalrymple and Grant Hilliard

Hear from Laura Dalrymple and Grant Hilliard in conversation at Let’s Talk with Dan Bourchier – The Ethical Omnivore Saturday 19 September 11am, then On Demand.

A handbook and cookbook for anyone who truly cares about the meat they eat.

We live in an affluent era marked by an increasingly fraught relationship to food, and meat is arguably the most controversial ingredient. There is a communal ache for authenticity, for a way forward with good conscience.

The Ethical Omnivore explores the solution: living with a conscience; asking the right questions of whomever sells you meat or of the labels you read; and learning how to respect the animal so much that you’re willing to cook something other than chicken breast. This book traces how animals can be raised ethically, and demonstrates some ways regenerative farmers are outstanding in how they care for their animals. It offers tried-and-tested recipes from the Feather and Bone community, from simple and easy weeknight meals to slow roasts for special occasions. And it shows all of us how to live with less impact on the animals and environment that support us.

Habitat
By AB Bishop

Listen to AB Bishop on the Floriade: Reimagined Podcast, episode released 24 September.

An inspirational and practical how-to guide for people keen to attract fauna into their garden: for their own enjoyment and as a contribution to the health and sustainability of the environment.

In a world where suburban nature is declining and diversity is shrinking, Habitat is a practical guide for those of us who want to encourage insects, reptiles, frogs, birds and animals into our garden. Not only for our own enjoyment, but as a direct contribution to the health and sustainability of our local environment and wildlife. AB Bishop shows how to design, plant and maintain fauna-friendly landscapes, stressing the importance of understanding how all aspects of the backyard ecosystem are interlinked in order to create a truly authentic and effective habitat.

This information-packed resource includes a detailed plant directory; information on what plants (native and exotic) suit what creatures and why; and advice on how to factor in the shelter, nesting, food and water requirements of different types of wildlife. A practical projects chapter features step-by-step instructions for soil testing; making compost tea; building and planting a frog pond; and constructing nesting boxes and insect hotels.

Incredible Plant-Based Desserts
By Anthea Cheng

Hear from Anthea Cheng in conversation at Let’s Talk with Dan Bourchier – Incredible Plant-Based Desserts Saturday 19 September 1pm, then On Demand.

Instagram star Anthea Cheng (@rainbownourishments) shares her trade-secret recipes for fun and showstopping vegan sweet treats that are seriously luscious, mouthwatering, and beautiful. Whether you are an eager home cook or a more experienced chef, Anthea shows you that sponge cakes can still be fluffy and moist and pastry can still melt in your mouth without animal-derived ingredients.

Anthea has carefully selected ingredients to ensure you wont accumulate odd, once-used stuff in your pantry. And with plenty of options for people avoiding gluten, refined sugar, nuts, and other common allergens, no one misses out on the deliciousness. All of the recipes have been tested and approved by vegans and non-vegans alike. Accompanied by stunning photography, these recipes will bring some magic to your every day, dinner table, or special occasion.

Top 50 Indoor Plants and How Not To Kill Them
By Angie Thomas

Listen to Angie Thomas on the Floriade Podcast, episode released 8 October.

The top 50 indoor houseplants for brightening your interiors – what’s best and how to keep them alive.

Bring the outdoors in and breathe new life to your home with plants! House plants are well and truly back on trend – they instantly lift an area, make a room feel fresh and welcoming, and brighten your mood.

On top of this, indoor plants are great for purifying the air and creating a healthier home. Together with microbes in the soil, plants work wonders to reduce harmful pollutants released from indoor furniture. (It’s true: look at the study conducted by the University of Technology, Sydney.)

If you feel like your rooms need a splash of colour and a breath of life, there’s no better starting point than this book. Whether your style is dramatic jungle plants or to sweetly shaped succulents, you’ll find something to suit. With loads of glorious illustrations for inspiration, data on which plants are suitable where, and clear advice on how to pot, prune and pet your plants, this is the perfect guide for bringing the outdoors in – no matter what your level of gardening skill!

Use it All: The Cornersmith Guide to a More Sustainable Kitchen
By Alex Elliott-Howery and Jaimee Edwards

Listen to Alex Elliott-Howery and James Grant on the Floriade: Reimagined Podcast, episode released 1 October.

Buy less, buy whole, us it all.

This practical handbook is an invitation to reduce food waste while eating generously. It’s a book for people juggling real life and trying to make better choices in their kitchens.

For years Alex Elliott-Howery and Jaimee Edwards, from boundary-breaking food community Cornersmith, experimented in their home kitchens to figure out how to feed their families efficiently, affordably and sustainably. The result is this invaluable guide to modern food wisdom.

Use It All offers a simple, delicious way to cook and eat by buying less, wasting less and making more with what you’ve got.

You Will (Probably) Survive
By Lauren Dubois

Hear from Lauren Dubois as she shares her favourite book with a Floriade twist, as part of Let’s Talk with Dan Bourchier – Book Club Saturday 19 September 1pm, then On Demand.

You walk out of the maternity ward with your new baby, looking back over your shoulder, waiting for someone to stop you and tell you you’re not qualified to do this. But they don’t. They just wave you on your merry way and that’s it. It’s up to you now.

Suddenly you’re a mum. Suddenly you’re crying at sad news stories, you’re picturing all the horrible things that could happen to your baby when you walk down the street, you’re plotting your partner’s death over and over again.

You’re wondering why no one told you it would be this hard. Something’s changed in you but you’re trying to figure out what it is and if anyone else feels the same.

This book is NOT a parenting manual. You don’t need anyone else telling you what to do with your child. What you need is someone who’ll explain what the actual fallopian is happening to you. What exactly IS motherhood?

So here it is: the complete, honest, uncomfortable and glorious story of motherhood. From the science fiction weirdness of pregnancy, to the sleep torture inflicted by babies, to the crapshow that is negotiating with your megalomaniacal toddler – and all the magic that makes it worth it. These are the things no one told you about motherhood. The joyous, the maddening and the hilarious.

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