Hardcover: 96 pages
Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1 edition (December 13, 1987)
Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.5 x 10.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
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"Having tea?""Yes, let's have tea.""Ah, but which one?""Let's consult HAVING TEA and select one. Shall it be the Strawberry Cream Tea? the Sunday Afternoon tea?""How about the Fireside Tea for Two?""But we are two women...""So, the day is gray and dreary, the fire is cozy, the comforters warm. Maybe two women need this luxury normally granted to lovers.""Keep going. What other teas are listed?""How about the English Hotel Tea?"You mean like the one in London where we had a high tea? Or the one in Stratford-on-Avon in that lovely little hotel dining room?"HAVING TEA is divided into chapters that group teas by: Pleasures of Tea, Tea Services, The Perfect Pot of Tea, Tea Tasting, and the Tea-Room Tradition. What is especially delightful is the coordination of tea services and dishware with the teas and location of the tea party.Some wonderful examples: the Strawberry Cream Tea is set on a lovely spring afternoon on a veranda set with wicker furniture and white linens and traditional white porcelain cups and saucers with quaint Victorian roses. The menu includes scones: buttermilk, cream, and raisin, with strawberry jam, whipped cream, strawberries, and Queen Mary Tea.Another: Fireside Tea for Two (or for one if you have a cat and a good book) includes these wonders--Irish Soda Bread, Wheatmeal Bread, Crumpets, Orange marmalade, Sweet Butter, and Assam Tea. I think we could call this a Good Irish Tea.The chapter on tea tasting is fascinating. Do you know that fine teas are like fine wines and have distinctive aromas and flavors? Their "qualities reflect where they are grown: altitude, climate, soil" (51).
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