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The London Ritz Book of Afternoon Tea Hardcover – October 25, 1986

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"charming...It's quite right that everything should stop for tea." Homes and Gardens --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

After five years at Oxford, where she gained a M. Litt. degree for a thesis called Unreasonable Laughter in Restoration Comedy, Helen Simpson won the Vogue Talent Contest. The next five years have been spent working at Vogue, writing about travel, shops and food, as well as interviews and fictions.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: MorrowCB (October 25, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877958238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877958239
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 6.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #623,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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96 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Elizebeth Neumann on May 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I started hosting tea parties when I was 15. I would get up at 6:00 am and start baking and cook until 2-3 and then the feast would be ready. This book was the first "tea book" I bought.
I have to admit I was lucky that I bought this book because I wasnt a great cook (I was 15) and I didnt know what I was doing. This book has wonderful recipes that are easy to follow and most are simple to make....and delicious!
Now that Ive been doing this tea thing for almost 12 years I have many different books on the subject. But this one is the most used, its covered in flour and it contains some of my favorite recipes.
A few of the standout recipes in my opinon are, rock cakes, madelines, victoria sandwich, welsh rarebit and meruinges. You wont be dissapointed in this book. The size is small but its jam-packed with goodies!
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Sophie on January 4, 2005
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I've recently bought 4 different tea books and this is the best one I have so far. There are a lot of the expected recipes for traditional tea time fare, with some minor omissions I felt. The print left something to be desired, some of it was blurred, but if you just want to buy 1 English tea book, this is it.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By WhatTheDormouseSaid on May 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a nice little primer on teas, including a history of tea, tea through the ages, and of course recipes.
The recipes are given in both metric and "American" measures. Most of the recipes I tried worked such as scones, drop scones, gingerbread, potted shrimp, devilled ham on toast rounds, the "english" muffins, crumpets, lemon curd, rock cakes (no they don't contain rocks!), the Dundee cake and most of the savoury recipes. A few did not such as the Madeira cake and the Victoria Sponge.
All in all it's a nice little book.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By JSS on August 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
A friend and I have recently begun taking tea and we love the true British and Victorian style of tea houses. I wanted to find a book for her that was a great resource on the history of afternoon and high tea as well as providing some recipes to go along with the information. This was the best book I found. No other goes into as much detail about the history of tea that this book does. The only downfall is that the only illustrations in the book are line drawings. There are no photos. Still, that didn't keep me from picking this book over several others that did have nice pictures, because in the end, the content of this book superceded any other.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This delightful volume captures the charm of the ceremony of afternoon tea, from the glamor of taking tea at the Ritz to the coziness of taking tea by the fire with the curtains drawn against the blustery day. Literary quotations, historical anecdotes, recipes for all the best delicacies served at tea, tips on tea-making, and lovely line-drawings make this book a must for tea-lovers and Anglophiles. It is a treasure to have.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By W. Cluff on October 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Lots of easy, great recipes. If for no other reason, you should buy this book just for the basic english muffin recipe and scone recipes.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Janice D on January 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed reading this book. It is a good starter book for those who would like to understand the ritual of English Tea and basic recipes of this time of day.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Linnie on May 12, 2007
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what a great book! my idea of luxury is to attend afternoon tea in a great hotel-and now I can recreate some of the recipes (but not the harpist) at home. If you like tea, good food, and learning about creating a mood or an atmosphere for your guests, this little book is just great!
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