As I said last week, Amy Stewart is on a book tour for her new book, Flower Confidential: The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful in the Business of Flowers. Steve and I attended the reading, and though Amy had started the day with a flight that took off somewhere around (and by around, I really mean before) the crack of dawn, and had spent her day juggling television and radio interview crews, she had time to hang out post-reading.
It’s always a pleasure to meet fellow bloggers, and I’m such a big fan of Amy’s work, so it was fun to hang out and get to know her better.
Amy read snippets from her book, but spent even more time talking about her research process as she delved into the flower industry. She illustrated her examples with flowers she’d picked up at a local florist in Iowa City, from carnations to gerberas to Stargazer lilies.
I walked away from the reading determined to do a better job of approaching flowers the same way I approach food. I’m always curious about where the food comes from, and even if I don’t always buy local or don’t always buy organic, I’ve gotten in the habit of just simply paying attention. But flowers…I haven’t paid as close attention to cut flowers as I have to my food. I’ve just started reading Flower Confidential, but I’m looking forward to the better consumer that I’ll be by the end of the book, and to putting my new-found knowledge to good use.
If you’re interested in hearing Amy speak, check out her full book tour schedule. I encourage you to attend an event!