Editor’s Picks: Tea Time

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Tea is one of the world’s most popular beverages, and it has a fascinating history. The titles below explore the history of tea through personal anecdotes, comprehensive research, British tea etiquette, and you’ll even find a cookbook of the best teatime treats!

The History of Tea and Teatimes
9781844680306The History of Tea and Tea Times as Seen in Books focuses on tea and tea time in books, plays and poems. Whether used for flirtation or a reason to bring key characters together, this delightful book explores our relationship with tea through fiction.
Divided into chapters to include a brief tea history, romantic teas and tea parties (from the infamous Boston Tea Party to the bizarre Mad Hatter’s Tea Party), Claire will take us on a walk through the long, dark tea time – of literature.
The use of recipes based on the scenes in the featured books is a USP and one which is bound to appeal to readers.
Buy it here $19.99

9781775842040Tea is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, second only to water. It can be drunk hot or cold, and can be made from the traditional tea plant or any number of herbs and spices, many of which have remarkable healing properties. In this beautifully designed book, herb expert Margaret Roberts explains how to make a perfect, delicious cup of tea that is also healing and refreshing. The teas are presented in alphabetical order according to their principal ingredient, the therapeutic values of which are explained. This charming, informative book is perfect for anyone interested in health, wellness, and using natural remedies to enhance their wellbeing.
Buy it here $17.50

Tea and Me
Tea & Me CS 37.7mm_Layout 1When Rod Brown’s mother spotted an advertisement in the local paper for engineers to work for a company in India and Pakistan, Rod wasn’t sure it was quite his cup of tea. But he applied anyway. After sailing through the interviews and being offered the position, he began to wonder whether this was in fact just the opportunity he needed. It was 1951. The company was Walter Duncan & Goodricke Ltd. And tea was exactly what they were about. Quitting the drudgery of an engineering apprenticeship back home in Gloucestershire, where his life was dominated by his overbearing father, Rod sailed across the world to Calcutta, India and began a new world of work in the teamaking business. He quickly discovered that life in India was much more exciting than the quiet Cotswolds. Aside from going on to become a vital cog in the tea company, Rod had encounters with tigers, leopards and poisonous snakes. He had to deal with drunken workers and noisy locals, and survived some near-fatal accidents. The dangers of Indian life did not stop Rod falling in love with India and its culture. Yet he had also fallen in love back in England before he left. He never forgot his childhood sweetheart, and returned as soon as he could to marry her. Tea and Me is Rod Brown’s story of the early years of his adventures in India and his career in tea.
Buy it here $29.95

9781445633497The ubiquitous cup of tea is as much a part of British life as indifferent weather, the BBC or the queue at the post office. Tea, since its arrival here in the seventeenth century, has shaped our lives, our history, our work, our culture and even our bodies. Not surprisingly for a drink that we take throughout the day, every day, there is a fascinating story to tell about its origins and how it took Britain by storm to become our second most popular beverage after tap water.
Tea is synonymous with Britain: look at the facts. On average we each drink 3½ cups of tea every day, or 130,000 tons in a year. We Britons drink 165 million cups per day or 62 billion cups per year; 70 per cent of the population (over age 10) drank tea yesterday; over 25 per cent of milk consumed in the UK goes into your cup of tea.
This book begins with the early history of tea and goes on to chart its development as something quintessentially British when it slowly but surely insinuated itself into our culture, language and society: afternoon tea, tea gardens, tea dances, Lyons tea houses, tea time, tea breaks, storms in teacups and builders’ tea are all described and explored. Our loss of the American colonies, the Opium Wars, female emancipation and victory in the Second World War all owe something to a nice cup of tea. Other chapters cover the innovative advertising and marketing, packaging (bagged, loose and tinned), different types of tea (black, green, Russian) and a dazzling number of tea facts and figures that attend our tea.
The story of our intimate relationship with tea is in effect the social history of Britain, reflecting aspects of the nation’s trade, manners, fashion, art, drinking habits, industrial legislation, foreign policy, and its health. Tea: A Very British Beverage tells that amazing story, describing how tea has defined us and informed our way of life over the last 500 years. Like Samuel Johnson, we just can’t get enough of it: ‘You cannot make tea so fast as I can gulp it down.’ So, put the kettle on, and read on…
Buy it here $16.00

100 Top Teatime Treats
9781904943297Only the most hardened dieter can resist the pleasures of afternoon tea. Its enjoyment, whether it is a simple slice of home-baked cake or dainty sandwiches followed by scones oozing with jam and cream, is part of our culture and is a tradition acted out each and every day in tea-rooms up and down the country.
This then is the perfect book for all tea-time lovers with over 100 recipes chosen by the un-crowned queen of British cookery, Marguerite Patten and is published as a tribute to and celebration of Marguerite’s 90th year. There are recipes for cakes, breads, biscuits, sandwiches and savories from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland as well as recipes from tea times around the world. But tea time isn’t tea time without a pot of tea so the book also traces the history of our national beverage with a guide to all the different blends and styles available.
Marguerite Patten is one of Britain’s best known and best loved cookery writers. She is the author of over 170 books and numerous newspaper and magazine articles. Her Cookery in Colour was first published in 1960 and with sales of over 2 million copies has broken all records in cookery book publishing.
Buy it here $39.95

Forthcoming Title

Afternoon Tea
9781445650319The Edwardian age was the golden age of etiquette and gentility, in which the taking of tea was rather like a ceremonial masquerade. At this time, it was not uncommon for ladies to change up to five times a day, and one of these outfits would have been a tea dress. Tea was the only time the mistress of the house would serve her guests; the china used, the manservant who answered the door and the delicacies presented were of paramount importance. In this beautifully illustrated book, Vicky Straker introduces us to tea in the Edwardian era. Included are chapters on the tea dress, etiquette, the servants who served it and, of course, elaborate contemporary recipes.
The Public House, the Temperance Association, the Great War and changes in domestic service – each had their effect on the rise in fashion of taking tea, as well as its eventual demise. This book explores why tea was so important for the Edwardians in a world of flourishing social aspirations. After all, who among us has not found comfort in a good cup of tea with its scrumptious accompaniments?
Available for Pre-order $16.00

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