Thursday, November 17, 2011

Dainty Dining

The new book Dainty Dining by Angela Webster McRae is a wonderful collection of heartwarming stories, recipes and tea room memorabilia.

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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.

   

6 comments:

Marilyn said...

I am giving away a copy of this book on my blog tomorrow. Love mine!

Steph said...

Isn't it a wonderful book!!!?! I'm so excited for Angela.

Angela McRae said...

Thanks for the wonderful review, Maureen! I'm so glad you "get" what I was trying to do here! And thank you, too, for the lovely surprise of having you travel to Senoia for the Book Launch! (Still can't believe you did that, but I am so grateful!)

Barb's Tea Shop said...

Thanks for the information on this book. Looks like a perfect gift for the holidays!

Robin said...

I bought this for myself; one of the best gifts I've ever gotten! I so wish that I could have seen and experienced these places in their time!

Rosemary said...

We're offering a copy of Dainty Dining as a blog 'giveaway' on Rosemary's Sampler this week. It's a fantastic book, very interesting, full of fun information. Send your readers over for a chance to enter and win a copy!

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