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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1 edition (December 13, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517560070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517560075
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What could be cozier on a blustery winter's day than a mug of tea by the fire with freshly baked Irish soda bread slathered with sweet butter and tangy orange marmalade? Or more invigorating on a crisp, cool afternoon in autumn than a picnic in the country with sharp English cheeses; crusty white peasant bread; vegetable, cheese, and apple tarts; and Thermoses of steaming warm tea? Or a better way to celebrate the ripe berries of summer than a dessert party tea in the garden with lemon-curd tartlets, raspberry shortcake, raspberry sorbet, sugar cookies, and tea served in flowered china cups?

A cookbook and style book, Having Tea includes a range of stunning locations with recipes, menus, table settings, and serving ideas for tea. There are formal and elegant teas that ring in the winter holidays with rich dark fruitcake, shortbread, brandy snaps, and sherried English trifle; a tea for one in the study with spicy ginger Bundt cake and a plate of cookies; and tea for two in a loft, with slow-scrambled eggs, cornmeal muffins and apple butter, and panfried tomatoes sprinkled with fresh tarragon. Each menu provides suggestions for the ideal tea to suit the meal.

Since the American style of tea drinking originated in England, Having Tea goes to the source to show two classic English tea rooms, tea at the Savoy Hotel in London, and a tea dance at London's Waldorf. In addition, there are special sections on the history and different varieties of teas, selections of teapots and tea services, and directions for brewing the perfect pot of tea. A final section, the "Tea Larder," offers ideas for tea trimmings from honey to mint or ginger, tea sandwiches, and a directory of mail-order sources for tea.

With approximately fifty recipes for tea sandwiches, crumpets, scones, cookies, and cakes as well as hearty tea-time meals, Having Tea will make you want to make having tea part of your day. It shows how, far more than a beverage, tea is a grand indulgence that provides food for the body and the soul.

About the Author

Tricia Foley is an editor with the House Beautiful Home Group. She was formerly associate decorating editor at House Beautiful and architecture and design editor at Home Magazine. She lives in New York City.Having Tea presents fourteen different tea-time menus and settings, from tea for two by a pond in a lovely country garden to an elegant Christmas tea in a dining room filled with gleaming silver and crystal. There are almost fifty recipes for tea sandwiches, crumpets, scones, breads, jam, cookies, and cakes.Keith Scott Morton is a well-known photographer whose work is featured in the book White by Design and regularly appears in House Beautiful's Home Decorating, Country Living, Redbook, and other major magazines.

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Customer Reviews

Every recipe has consistantly turned out delicious and beautiful.
"itsdavid"
This is the first book on tea I ever purchased and I often return to it.
sisnbl@gwunix2.gwu.edu
It was exactly what I was looking for, nice recipes and good photos.
Chilton

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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Lissy Friedman on December 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The photos in this book transport the reader to settings of fantastic themed teas, such as a picnic, a Christmas celebration, a hotel tea dance, or a scholar's study. The lush photography and the care that was taken to provide appropriate illustrations to accompany the recipes is worth the price of the book alone. But wait -- there are some darn good recipes here too. I love the honey mustard chicken -- it comes out moist, even using lean white meat. The Irish soda bread is hardy and irrestistably savory with the addition of caraway seeds. And the corn muffins are perfect for a cold winter's breakfast. There is some valuable information about tea, its preparation, and the accoutrements of the tea ceremony, although the emphasis is on the western tea ceremony, as opposed to the eastern version. This book was the first I bought about tea, and it inspired a rather large collection of tea books. Please see the list I created at my Amazon home page for my recommendations on other great tea books. This book is a valuable gift from the authors to all fans of tea.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is an outstanding book with beautiful pictures and delicious recipes. I have been collecting books on tea for many years and this is by far my favorite. I have made almost every recipe in the book (several countless times), and all have come out tasting and looking better than expected. This book is worth owning for the Victorian Poppyseed Cake recipe alone. If I could only own one tea book, this would be the one!
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By "itsdavid" on January 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have been collecting books on afternoon tea for the last twenty years. This outstanding book, against which I judge all others, is a must have for anyone interested in afternoon tea. I have made almost all of the recipes many times and several items, particularly the Victorian poppyseed cake, can be found waiting in my kitchen for guests any day of the week.
Every recipe has consistantly turned out delicious and beautiful. The text is invites repeated reading by its gently lyric style and the photographs are at once dreamy and alluring. You will return to this book time and again.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By sisnbl@gwunix2.gwu.edu on December 3, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is the first book on tea I ever purchased and I often return to it. Each chapter focuses on a tea for a particular event, be it a birthday or just tea at the office while working late, and brings appropriate recipes, text, and gorgeous photographs together to whet your appetite. Many of the recipes have become standards in my kitchen; but it's the dazzling photography that makes this book a standout.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Judy K. Polhemus TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"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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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By B. J. Riley on June 20, 2002
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The photos in this book are lovely, and some of the theme ideas are nice, but honestly, the recipes didn't do much for me, for the most part. If you want some inspiration, and you want some photos for ideas on creating ambience for a nice tea party, then this is a good book; if you're looking for a cookbook, best keep looking.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Lux on April 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Having Tea packs copious amounts of information into a thin, full-color hardcover volume. Author Tricia Foley provides an introductory education on the history and pleasures of tea as well as instructions on the art of tea tasting. The majority of the book consists of tea setting layouts, which range from a cozy tea for two to a proper English hotel tea. She includes several outdoor seasonal tea services for enjoying the beverage on the lawn, at a summer harvest picnic, or in the fall countryside. For each setting, the place setting and location are photographed, a specific tea strain is recommended, and up to a half dozen recipes for finger foods, salads, main courses, and dessert are provided.

Having Tea is more of a style book than a cookbook, although the recipes are fabulous. Readers will find themselves looking at a setting and then recipes; the book is not organized in the manner of a traditional cookbook. However, with a comprehensive index, recipes of interest can be located in a flash. Includes an appendix of mail-order tea suppliers.
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