The new book Dainty Dining by Angela Webster McRae is a wonderful collection of heartwarming stories, recipes and tea room memorabilia.
Whether you’re a tea enthusiast, history buff, or love to cook, this book is for you. Dainty Dining explores department store tea rooms in their heyday. Many of these department stores are now defunct, but their fascinating history and delicious recipes have been passed along for us to enjoy.
As I read their stories and looked at the memorabilia, I wished that I’d had the opportunity to dine at Burdines, Filene’s, Gimbels, Rich’s or any of the twenty department store tea rooms included in the book. It’s been great fun to step back in time and visit them by way of the writers extensive research and remarkable collection of postcards, menus, china and more. I can’t wait to recreate some of their most popular recipes like Chicken a la King, Filene’s Seafood Newburg, Innes Tea Room’s Rum Cream Pie, or Crystal Tea Room Hot Cheese Tarts for a start.
I’d enjoyed Angela’s writing on her fun and informative blog Tea With Friends and been enriched by our friendship. If you would like to add Dainty Dining to your library, it is available for sale on her blog.