Book of Afternoon Tea
Book of Afternoon Tea covers background information on tea taking in Britain with history, recipes for a variety of afternoon tea foods, and more. Here is everything you need to know about one of the top British customs.
Format: Hardcover, 96 pages.
Copyright: 1988, Seventh Printing
Publisher: David & Charles
Author: Marika H. Tenison
Description: The very British institution of afternoon tea is deservedly admired by the western world. The family partaking of thinly sliced cucumber sandwiches on the lawn under the shade of ancient oaks and cedars has become one of the classic images of England.
In the farmhouse, a quite different kind of afternoon tea was and is served, being a more substantial meal after the work of the day in the fields is over. Children too had special sandwiches and cakes made for tea in the nursery, supervised by the governess.
The illustrated introduction by Marika Hanbury Tenison describes when and how tea came to Europe and how the idea of a meal called "afternoon tea" came about. The characteristics of the many varieties of tea and the development of the china we associate with tea are discussed.
Recipes for all kinds of afternoon tea fare are given, from heavy bread and cakes to delicate sandwiches and Cornish clotted cream to salmon spread. Many traditional recipes, such as Widecombe Fair gingerbread, Cornish fairings and Honiton apple cake, are also included.
Condition: Good condition. One page has a small thin pen mark.
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