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About the Author

Margaret M. Johnson is a noted cookbook author and journalist. Although her ancestral home is Ireland, she lives in New York.

Leigh Beisch is a San Francisco-based photographer.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (April 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811862143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811862141
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. D. Fischer VINE VOICE on September 17, 2009
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I have several other books on tea and many, many more on desserts, quick breads and muffins but Tea & Crumpets is an excellent addition to my bookcase.

The book starts with an introduction to tea including a brief history. It was interesting enough to keep my attention and although I consider myself knowledgeable about tea, I learned a lot.

The chapters of recipes include Sandwiches and Savories; Crumpets, Scones and Fruit Breads; Teatime Sweets; and the French Art of Tea. These cover standard teatime fare such as cucumber sandwiches, scones and clotted cream as well as more inventive recipes such as spicy marmalade loaf, chocolate scones, earl grey imperial madeleines, and lemon cream tartlets with wild forest berries. I like that a handful of the dishes, including truffled wild mushroom tartlets and poached lobster with mini molten cheese souffle, are fancy but none of the recipes are inaccessibly gourmet (no caviar or liver pate).

Only a few of the recipes in the Sandwiches and Savories chapter call for meat so as a vegetarian, I can enjoy the vast majority of recipes in the book. Almost all of the recipes call for eggs, milk and/or other dairy products so this would not be a good book for a vegan, however.

The recipes range in difficulty. Only a few require special equipment (such as madeleine pans or 3" ring molds) and/or special ingredients (such as white truffle oil or rose water).

25 of the recipes include a full page color photo. I counted 58 recipes, not counting suggested variations on several recipes. There were additional color photos of tea services, tea, and tea rooms.

The final chapter, a Traveler's Guide to European Tearooms, is what further sets this book apart from other books on tea.
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I have probably over one hundred books on tea, taking tea and food for tea. Tea and Crumpets is probably the one I would save of all of them. It is fun to read,has great recipes and could provide ideas for tea for quite some time. A wonderful resource for the beginner or aging tea lover.
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"Tea & Crumpets: Recipes & Rituals from European Tearooms & Cafes" is an elegantly beautiful, bound tea cookbook that contains tasteful reductions of the history of tea in addition to a selection of classic tea recipes and suggestions for savories, scones, and sweets, plus a sampling of various Western European tea customs as well as a traveler's guide to European tearooms. All of this is studded with beautiful photographs of delectable tea treats, tea serving accessories and china, and famous teashops throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. It is accessible to American readers particularly because the recipes are adapted to standard American measuring utensils. There is also a handy list of resources at the end that lists sources for many of the teatime special ingredients as well as descriptions of the treats and ingredients. Finally, a Table of Equivalents lists easy conversion amounts for readers who want to convert other tea recipes from one system to another. "Tea & Crumpets" will appeal not just to Anglophiles and Francophiles, but to anyone who has ever learned to appreciate a wonderful cup of tea.
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I want to like this book; British Afternoon Tea cookbooks are hard to come by. But many of the recipes take typically complicated recipes and over simplifies them to a point that compromises quality, taste and integrity. The macarons is the prime example. I'm not sure why she titled them "Pierre Hermé's" because his name shouldn't be anywhere near these imposter macarons. In fact he already has a macaron cookbook. If you get a copy you'll see instantly what I mean by over simplified. Besides if you've ever been to his patisserie in Paris than you'll easily spot the difference. Her recipe for clotted cream is also grossly simplified. She even says the recipe is a "substitute" in the text prior to the recipe. But then why not call it "mock clotted cream" instead of selling it as "clotted cream"? Homemade clotted cream is an overnight process btw and I'd rather have that recipe. Also her crumpets. What's it mean to have an "adapted" crumpet recipe? It's a recipe as basic as pancakes do why the adaptation? Little things like this make me question all of her recipes. Each time i pick it up i get excited because the beautiful photography sucks me in. But then I'm quickly disappointed. I give it a two because at the very least it is inspiring (I'll find better recipes elsewhere), I like the photography and her sandwich recipes are rightfully simple.
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After much browsing I decided to order this book as well as Victoria's tea book. I am not sure about the latter but Tea and Crumpets is a great book. Almost all recipes have an edge to them that makes them a little bit different from what you'd expect. Each recipe comes from a tea house or other and it was a pleasure to be introduced to the Irish Dromoland Castle (now a hotel) or the work of Charles Mackinstosh, the Scottish architect. I very much enjoyed making the Cup of Tea Cake from London's Ritz. It's aroma invaded the kitchen and it was difficult to keep little fingers away from the hot fruit cake. With the weather turning cooler I look forward to more baking ideas coming from this little book. The book is a good investment if you like tea and certainly if you like baking.
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