Afternoon Tea Book
A complete collection of traditional recipes to accompany the ritual of teatime is found in Afternoon Tea. Scones, crumpets, Queen's Cake and more are some of the recipes in the book. Plus, the author helps you re-create a complete English tea at your home.
Format: Hardcover and dust jacket, 275 pages
Author: Michael Smith
Description: When the seventh Duchess of Bedford, too greedy to wait for dinner, began to indulge in midafternoon feasts in her boudoir, the custom soon caught on. Concealing screens were cast aside and Afternoon Tea became the fashionable pastime for ladies of nineteenth-century English society.
Now Michael Smith, whom the New York Times has dubbed "the doyen of English cookery," brings to America a book that describes to you every aspect of the teatime ritual and allows you to re-create at home a complete English tea of your own.
In The Afternoon Tea Book he traces the route of the ancient tea trade from mainland China and northern India to western Europe and the British Isles. He describes the many impedimenta, accouterments, and social niceties that grew up around tea drinking in England. And, of course, he provides a complete collection of traditional recipes (all created specifically for the American kitchen) for sandwiches, Bath Buns, scones, crumpets, Queen's Cake, Gentlemen's Relish, and many, many more.
The Afternoon Tea Book will leave you longing to put on your tea gown and waltz to the music of a string quartet at a gala the dansant.
Condition: Bookboards and interior pages are in beautiful condition. Dust jacket's top edge is slightly jagged.