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The Botanical Bible is an elegant and comprehensive introduction to the beauty, diversity, and value of the botanical world. Author Sonya Patel Ellis covers the evolution of the plant kingdom, the history of horticulture, basic botany, and more. Readers will learn not only how to garden and forage in six major climate zones but also how to make the most of their harvest th The Botanical Bible is an elegant and comprehensive introduction to the beauty, diversity, and value of the botanical world. Author Sonya Patel Ellis covers the evolution of the plant kingdom, the history of horticulture, basic botany, and more. Readers will learn not only how to garden and forage in six major climate zones but also how to make the most of their harvest through a series of recipes for savory dishes, sweets, and drinks. Ellis demonstrates how to use botanicals for beauty and health, with instructions for making essential oils, herbal remedies, floral scents, and natural cosmetics—and even explores the world of botanical artistry and crafts. Gorgeously illustrated throughout, and packed with information and hands-on projects, The Botanical Bible is the ultimate guide for aspiring gardeners, botanists, homesteaders, and anyone seeking a more meaningful relationship with nature.


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The Botanical Bible is an elegant and comprehensive introduction to the beauty, diversity, and value of the botanical world. Author Sonya Patel Ellis covers the evolution of the plant kingdom, the history of horticulture, basic botany, and more. Readers will learn not only how to garden and forage in six major climate zones but also how to make the most of their harvest th The Botanical Bible is an elegant and comprehensive introduction to the beauty, diversity, and value of the botanical world. Author Sonya Patel Ellis covers the evolution of the plant kingdom, the history of horticulture, basic botany, and more. Readers will learn not only how to garden and forage in six major climate zones but also how to make the most of their harvest through a series of recipes for savory dishes, sweets, and drinks. Ellis demonstrates how to use botanicals for beauty and health, with instructions for making essential oils, herbal remedies, floral scents, and natural cosmetics—and even explores the world of botanical artistry and crafts. Gorgeously illustrated throughout, and packed with information and hands-on projects, The Botanical Bible is the ultimate guide for aspiring gardeners, botanists, homesteaders, and anyone seeking a more meaningful relationship with nature.

30 review for The Botanical Bible: Plants, Flowers, Art, Recipes Other Home Uses

  1. 5 out of 5

    Meagan

    First off, this books is gorgeous. Visually it’s just stunning. Beautiful drawings, photographs, and visuals are abundant. The history/science behind plant evolutionary history, anatomy, etc was a lot more interesting than I expected. There are a ton of recipes for eating, beauty, wellness, cleaning, etc. I was surprised by how many of these actually seem “do-able” and can’t wait to try out making my own tinctures, facial steams, cleaning solutions... nevermind the food I can eat. I also loved h First off, this books is gorgeous. Visually it’s just stunning. Beautiful drawings, photographs, and visuals are abundant. The history/science behind plant evolutionary history, anatomy, etc was a lot more interesting than I expected. There are a ton of recipes for eating, beauty, wellness, cleaning, etc. I was surprised by how many of these actually seem “do-able” and can’t wait to try out making my own tinctures, facial steams, cleaning solutions... nevermind the food I can eat. I also loved how they highlighted different plant-focused artists/artwork in the later chapters. I’ll definitely be flipping through this section again to admire the art. Anyways, if you have an interest in botany and any/all things plants I strongly recommend this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mercedes Wood

    A very interesting and informational book about plants and all regarding them, as it says in its title. However, it's unlikely that I will make the recipes for the food and remedies that are in this book. If nothing else, it is a beautiful book. A very interesting and informational book about plants and all regarding them, as it says in its title. However, it's unlikely that I will make the recipes for the food and remedies that are in this book. If nothing else, it is a beautiful book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    The author's love of plants shines with beautiful illustrations and enlightening descriptions. It seems as though Ellis wants to put all of her plant knowledge and love into one compendium, whether it belongs or not. Botany, recipes, herbal uses, seasonal foods, botanic artists (famous and not): there is a bit of everything, sometimes overly detailed, sometimes just a glaze of information. This bit of everything concept isn't satisfying because there is too little of too much, minutiae mixed wit The author's love of plants shines with beautiful illustrations and enlightening descriptions. It seems as though Ellis wants to put all of her plant knowledge and love into one compendium, whether it belongs or not. Botany, recipes, herbal uses, seasonal foods, botanic artists (famous and not): there is a bit of everything, sometimes overly detailed, sometimes just a glaze of information. This bit of everything concept isn't satisfying because there is too little of too much, minutiae mixed with random recipes, detailed plant lineage mixed with a teaser uses section. She goes into great detail about plant lineage and cellular structure, and then just lightly touches on herbal remedies. The detailing would have been helpful throughout, such as the whys and hows to the herbs instead of a few hints of their powers.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lia

    LISTEN. If for nothing else (not the amazing photographs/illustrations, interviews, biographies, recipes, histories and concise yet layman-friendly breakdown of the basics of botany) buy this book for the incredible reference guide and 'Further Reading'. Broken down by section/subsection, there are EIGHT PAGES of lists of books, articles, magazines, and websites to expand your knowledge. My love for reference guides aside, this book is wonderful and, now, marked and annotated and underlined and LISTEN. If for nothing else (not the amazing photographs/illustrations, interviews, biographies, recipes, histories and concise yet layman-friendly breakdown of the basics of botany) buy this book for the incredible reference guide and 'Further Reading'. Broken down by section/subsection, there are EIGHT PAGES of lists of books, articles, magazines, and websites to expand your knowledge. My love for reference guides aside, this book is wonderful and, now, marked and annotated and underlined and it'll have to be kept on an easily accessible shelf so I can come back to it again and again.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Juli Anna

    What a beautiful, thoughtful volume. The Botanical Bible is a uniquely comprehensive book that celebrates plants in all their diversity and beauty. This book not only provides a useful overview of botany and plant taxonomy, it also deal ins depth with the ways in which humans interact with plants: as food, as medicine, and as artistic inspiration. The production quality is fantastic and the I especially loved the artist profiles in the last section. An absolute must-read for plant lovers.

  6. 5 out of 5

    A

    This is a very nicely researched and organized coffee table book. The aesthetic makes it a pleasure to browse whether looking for inspiration for gardening, recipes, or artistic pursuits. It is doing a lot (perhaps too much) but can definitely serve as a helpful reference for crafting, cooking, foraging, etc.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carissa

    A wonderful reference for all things botany: the basics, what's in season, foraging, herbal remedies, crafts, and all in between. It's a fun book, if not incredibly in-depth, but it's informative where it matters. If you have any interest in any aspect of botany, this could be a nice place to start before leaping into deeper topics. A wonderful reference for all things botany: the basics, what's in season, foraging, herbal remedies, crafts, and all in between. It's a fun book, if not incredibly in-depth, but it's informative where it matters. If you have any interest in any aspect of botany, this could be a nice place to start before leaping into deeper topics.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Its a fantastic resource with a ton of information on everything that is understood about plants, their history as well as ours with assorted specimens. However, the percentage of the book that is actually dedicated to recipes of any kind is very small. It would consider this more a textbook than anything else.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Donna Brown

    The botanical bible has a bit of everything. I spend an afternoon paging through the entire book and found beautiful art, recipes, and scads of information. Definitely a reference book for my library.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    A wonderful book about flora beginnings and all the way up to now with herbal recipes, information artists, it is an amazing wealth of information, foods, herbs, art. you name it is in here. Next book? The Beekeepers bible..

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sadie Fox

    Great book to introduce you to so many concepts and inspiration botanical! If you're looking for a deeper information based learning in any one subject, I recommend looking elsewhere. Great book to introduce you to so many concepts and inspiration botanical! If you're looking for a deeper information based learning in any one subject, I recommend looking elsewhere.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anna Abney Miller

    DNR

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chance

    What a beast.

  14. 4 out of 5

    alison

    Good intro to all things botany book. I’ve tried some of the recipes and they’re great.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Caitlyn

    Exceptional resource for every gardener.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Claire Mcconnell

  17. 4 out of 5

    Katlyn Westerlage

  18. 4 out of 5

    brooke

  19. 5 out of 5

    Heather

  20. 5 out of 5

    Linda

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Paletta

  22. 5 out of 5

    Linda Smith

  23. 5 out of 5

    Erin

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  25. 5 out of 5

    Linda Brunner

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Black

  27. 4 out of 5

    Zimnoch.2

  28. 5 out of 5

    Em

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amber

  30. 4 out of 5

    Susan

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