A Literary Tea Party Cookbook Review

A Literary Tea Party Cookbook Review

Title: A Literary Tea Party: Blends and Treats for Alice, Bilbo, Dorothy, Jo, and Book Lovers Everywhere
Author: Alison Walsh
Published: June 5, 2018, Skyhorse Publishing
No. of Pages: 160
Cover Price: $19.99 Hardcover, $11.99 Kindle

Some of the best memories that avid readers have are those from childhood and reading classics. Most readers have also read classics such as the mysteries of Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes. And in those classics, there are always dozens of mentions of food. According to Alison Walsh, in her cookbook, A Literary Tea Party: Blends and Treats for Alice, Bilbo, Dorothy, Jo, and Book Lovers Everywhere, this is because “Food can provide insights into our favorite heroes, heroines, and mischief-makers…It can evoke smells and flavors that bring a setting to life and stir up emotions that deepen a reader’s connection in the story.”

There is something magic about having formal tea, and the sandwiches, baked goods, and tidbits in this cookbook just add to the magic. Most of the recipes are quite simple, so they can be prepared by beginning cooks, but they are appealing enough that even more experienced cooks will be tempted to make several of the recipes. The recipes are well-written and have easy-to-understand instructions. Most of the tea treats have photographs, which are very nicely done. Before each recipe, there is a quote from the book that the recipe is supposedly from (the author developed these recipes, but she obviously is familiar with the books, and did research on the foods served in the area and time period). There are also excellent instructions and recipes for various tea concoctions, and well as hot chocolates and lattes.

Reading and cooking from this book will evoke memories from books read in the past, and inspire readers to not only pick up those books again, but to have a nice tea party at the same time.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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