The Unspoken Language of Fans & Flowers with Recipes
by Linda J. Hawkins (Heart to Heart Publishing, Inc., 2007)
One cannot help but smile at the charming irony that Linda Hawkins uses the written word to explore the unspoken languages of a gentler time. Indeed, the Kentucky author waxes poetic for 72 pages on the subject in her most recent book, The Unspoken Language of Fans & Flowers with Recipes.
Of course, ample use of colorful images from photographer Barbara Yonts aids Linda in her quest to decipher these age-old forms of silent communication. But truly, it is Linda’s exhaustive research and delicate prose that make the book a must-have for the romantic at heart.
She begins with the history of fans, exploring their use from the 17th and 18th centuries not only as a fashionable accessory, but also as a means of conveying messages that only the recipient would understand. Through pictures and words, Linda explores the 33 movements of fans based on the “language” created by a 17th-century Spaniard.
The author moves on to a sentimental glossary of flowers and botanicals, wrapping up with a bevy of mouthwatering recipes, many using edible flowers and all perfectly suited to afternoon tea menus. Creamy Rose Dip, Rose Petal Scones, Nasturtium Baskets, and Yucca Blossom Chicken Salad are just a few of the creations that will tempt readers to the kitchen to try their hand with each.
In her bid to celebrate the traditions of yesteryear and guide others in slowing the pace in today’s “rush-rush, hurry-hurry” world, Linda has admirably succeeded. The Unspoken Language of Fans & Flowers will no doubt be a personal favorite and a sourcebook for all who wish to savor life’s subtler pleasures and most precious moments.