While searching my tea book library for a particular volume, I noticed that I own two copies of Tea & Crumpets by Margaret M. Johnson. I really do need to make a list of all the tea related books that are currently in my collection.
So, I thought, who better to give the extra copy to than one of my blog friends.
The book description on Amazon reads:
“Curious armchair travelers, nostalgic food excursionists, and inventive home entertainers will adore this tour of Europe's legendary tearooms and salons. A delicious culinary and cultural experience as well as a treasure trove of recipes from top-notch destinations, this little gem lets readers in on the rituals of taking tea. Recipes like the Ritz's cucumber sandwiches, Claridge's famous raisin and apple scones, or chocolate scones from Edinburgh's Balmoral Hotel, as well as color photographs of tasty tea fare and European teahouses, bring the charm of afternoon tea to anyone's home.”
The book begins with “A Little History of Tea and ends with “A Traveler’s Guide to European Tearooms”. It is filled with tea quotes and lovely photos. There are lots of great recipes like salmon mousse pinwheels, crumpets, raisin apple scones, pistachio shortbread, chocolate and banana charlottes, battenberg cake and many more.
If you’d like to win a copy of Tea & Crumpets, just leave me a comment on this post before 9 pm on Monday, September 5. I’ll randomly pick a winner from the comments, but I’m afraid that I can only mail the book to someone within the USA.
Here is one of the many quotes in the book:
“Another novelty is the tea-party, an extraordinary meal in that, being offered to persons that have already dined well, it supposes neither appetite nor thirst, and has no object but distraction, no basis but delicate enjoyment” - Brillat-Savarin