The Ritz London Book Of Afternoon Tea: The Art and Pleasures of Taking Tea

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Ebury Publishing, Jun 5, 2012 - Cooking - 64 pages
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Taking tea is one of the quintessentially English occasions, and who is a greater authority on the subject than the sumptuous Ritz London Hotel? This charming Edwardian-style book captures the essence of this traditional British pastime, and provides us with all the expertise on the ceremony as well as the recipes. Stories about the legendary afternoon teas at The Ritz and fascinating details about the history of tea drinking are complemented with passages from such diverse writers as Charles Dickens to Oscar Wilde. Over fifty recipes are included for different kinds of afternoon tea specialities, from delicate sandwiches, strawberry shortcake and rose petal jam, to crumpets and muffins for hearty teas in front of a roaring fire. The author gives an infallible guide to the many blends of tea and their suitability to particular occasions. Beautifully presented and delightfully illustrated, this book is the perfect gift for tea drinkers everywhere.

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User Review  - Aspenhugger - LibraryThing

"Afternoon tea is the English meal-time institution, a social as well as a culinary event. It is precisely this atmosphere which is embodied in the Palm Court Tearoom at the Ritz in London, which for ... Read full review

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User Review  - MrsLee - LibraryThing

A must if you read many novels of manners. My daughter enjoyed many tea parties out of this book. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Helen Simpson's sixth short-story collection, Cockfosters, follows Four Bare Legs in a Bed (1990), Dear George (1995), Hey Yeah Right Get a Life (2000), Constitutional (2005) and In-Flight Entertainment (2010). A Bunch of Fives: Selected Stories (2012) includes five stories from each of her first five collections. She has received the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Hawthornden Prize and the E.M.Forster Award. She lives in London.

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