Among Jane Austen's many attractions for the modern reader are the comfortable domestic details that furnish her novels, and what could be more comforting than tea? Tea was not just a beverage in Austen's time, but a key ingredient in social ritual, and her letters and novels are full of references to its buying, preparing, serving, and drinking. In this book, readers will find not only plenty of tea-related Austen quotes, but a well-researched history of Austen-era tea drinking at different times of day and in different settings. Recipes taken from contemporary cookbooks for old-fashioned delicacies such as orange jelly and syllabub are accompanied by modern adaptations. Austen purists may cringe at the emphasis on cozy charm, but there's definitely something appealing about settling down with a nice cup of Earl Grey, a Bath cake, and a copy of Pride and Prejudice
. Perfect for Austen-reading book clubs. Mary Ellen QuinnCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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The ideal read for any fan of Austen's work, or the enduring British favourite - tea. Period Living Darjeeling with Darcy or earl Grey with Emma? Field Both books are beautifully produced and make an attractive pair for lovers of Jane Austen, filling in all-important background details to the novels. Good Book Guide