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Afternoon Tea is a ritual that shouldn’t be rushed. To do it properly really requires the best part of a day. It is a soft, relaxing pass-time designed simply for one’s own enjoyment. And that’s why it goes so well with a good book.

Obviously curling up with a scone and a novel at a social gathering would be a bit, well, antisocial. But for any of you who like to both bake and read on your days off here are a couple of suggestions to keep you going.

Recipes:

Specially picked to help inspire those brave enough to DIY.

The Vintage Tea Party Book:

“The Vintage Tea Party Book embraces the style and class of the trendy London Vintage scene and illustrates how to beautifully recreate the tasty treats and classic styles at home. With a unique mixture of recipes and feature spreads with accessible tips on hairstyling, makeup methods and where to collect vintage china — The Vintage Tea Party Book has it all.”

Romance:

Pour a cup and dream of Darcy.

Lunch In Paris: A Delicious Love Story With Recipes:

“Has a meal ever changed your life? Part love story, part wine-splattered cookbook, ‘Lunch in Paris’ is a deliciously tart, forthright and funny story of falling in love with a Frenchman and moving to the world’s most romantic city – not the Hollywood version, but the real Paris, a heady mix of blood sausage, pains aux chocolats and irregular verbs. From gutting her first fish (with a little help from Jane Austen) to discovering the French version of Death by Chocolate, Elizabeth Bard finds that learning to cook and building a new life have a lot in common. Peppered with recipes, this mouth-watering love story is the perfect treat for anyone who has ever suspected that lunch in Paris could change their life.”

History:

Educational and tasty.

Tea With Jane Austen:

“You must drink tea with us tonight.” –“Sense & Sensibility”
Who would not want to sit down with Jane Austen and join her in a cup of tea? Here for the first time is a book that shares the secrets of one of her favorite rituals. Tea figures prominently in Jane Austen’s life and work. In fact, the beloved novelist was the keeper and maker of tea in her family. Tea with Jane Austen begins with tea drinking in the morning and ends with tea in the evening, at balls and other gatherings.
Each chapter includes a description of how tea was taken at a particular place or time of day, along with history, recipes, excerpts from Austen’s novels and letters and illustrations from the time. The book also reveals how to make a perfect cup of tea.”

Mystery:

For those of you who like a bit of a thrill with your tea.

Death By Darjeeling:

“Theodosia Browning is the owner of a teashop in Charleston’s historic district. Local developer Hughes Barron is found poisoned with a cup of her tea in his hand, and when a friend becomes the prime suspect, Theo starts to investigate to find the real killer. The late Mr. Barron was not a scrupulous man, so there is no shortage of suspects. Even his partner had motive. But can she find the killer before he comes after her?”

Just a couple there to keep you busy, and if anyone has any other tea themed literary recommendations I’d love to hear about them!

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