I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
A Literary Tea Party
A Literary-Inspired Cookbook for Voracious Readers at Teatime
Tea and books: the perfect pairing. There's nothing quite like sitting down to a good book on a lovely afternoon with a steaming cup of tea beside you, as you fall down the rabbit hole into the imaginative worlds of Alice in Wonderland, The Hobbit, and Sherlock Holmes . . .
Fire up your literary fancies and nibble your way through delicate sweets and savories with A Literary Tea Party, which brings food from classic books to life with a teatime twist. Featuring fifty-five perfectly portioned recipes for an afternoon getaway, including custom homemade tea blends and beverages, you will have everything you need to plan an elaborate tea party. Cook up and enjoy:
Turkish Delight while sipping on the White Witch’s Hot Chocolate from The Chronicles of Narnia
Drink Me Tea with the Queen of Hearts’s Painted Rose Cupcakes from Alice in Wonderland
Eeyore’s “Hipy Bthuthday” Cake with Hundred Acre Hot Chocolate from Winnie the Pooh
Hannah’s Sweet Potato Bacon Pastries and Jo’s Gingerbread from Little Women
Tom Sawyer’s Whitewashed Jelly Doughnuts from Tom Sawyer
Accompanied with photographs and book quotes, these recipes, inspired by the great works of literature, will complement any good book for teatime reading and eating.
There have been many times where I’ve coveted and craved whatever it was that a beloved character of mine was eating. Usually, it’s the food that binds us to the characters. Whether they’re at a party, on a journey, on a date, etc., it’s always the little details that make the story even better. In A Literary Tea Party, Alison Walsh takes those famous food scenes from various books and creates recipes based on them.
Each recipe has a quote from the book it’s featured from including a summary of a scene from which it comes from.
While most of the recipes stood out to me and kind of gave me the nostalgia feels, the Blackberry Lemon Sweet Rolls from A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson stood out to me. While that story was unfamiliar to me, the recipe looked great.
Here is the finished product:
I would say this recipe had an intermediate feel to it, so it was a little daunting. If you are experienced in making yeast risen dough, then this shouldn’t be hard. Overall, the taste was okay, but it wasn’t amazing like I thought it would be.
It’s a fun book, definitely a cool edition to have perfect for a cookbook collector, but I wouldn’t expect too much from the recipes.