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Tea and Crumpets Hardcover – April 15, 2009
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Leigh Beisch is a San Francisco-based photographer.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My husband is into making authentic crumpets. I was so excited to get this for him. How many variation on crumpets could there be, you ask? NONE! One bloody crumpet recipe! ONE! Read morePublished 1 month ago by L. Osburn
I borrowed this book from the library to see if I wanted to buy it. I'm kind of on the fence. It has some interesting recipes, but I doubt I would make many of them. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lauren K.
I have not made crumpets yet but I am more familiar with what they are and how to make them. I'm hoping to make
delicious crumpets so I can share them.
If you are planning on hosting a traditional English Tea Party ... then you will enjoy this book!Published 20 months ago by Gayle Donovan