Saturday, February 20, 2010

Tea and Books Saturday #8 - "Tea: A Little Indulgence"


Tea: A Little Indulgence
G&R Publishing Co., 2005

Don't be fooled by its small size, for this 120-page book may be just 5-5/8 x 5-1/4 inches but it is packed with tea info and some of the most tempting tea recipes I've seen in ages. I believe I must have found my copy on eBay a year or so ago. I remember buying a couple of tea titles simply because they were 99 cents and no one else bid on them, and this may be one of those acquisitions. At any rate, I set it aside and was delighted when I opened it recently to discover some tea history, facts and quotes, a tea timeline, and most fun of all, those 91 luscious tea recipes!

In the text of the book I learned that Winston Churchill drank his lapsang souchong with Scotch (I'd require liquor too if I had to drink that horrid stuff all the time!), and that Abraham Lincoln once said "If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; if this is tea, please bring me some coffee."

But the recipes are what make this book such a find, as there are recipes for all sorts of foods I now want to try. In beverages, I like the sound of Herb Lavender Tea, Blueberry Teatime Smoothie and Chocolate Chai. (There's also a Tea Egg Nog recipe for those who like egg nog.) The sweets that sound most tempting include Tea Leaf Shortbread, Chai Banana Bread, Lemon Tea Biscotti and Peach Tea Cobbler. And for main dish recipes with tea, I'm interested in the Black Bean Soup, Mandarin Orange Meat Balls and Seafood Chowder. Hungry yet? I think you will be after exploring this delightful little book!

8 comments:

Linda J. said...

You continue to impress me with your collection of out-of-print tea books!

Ginger said...

The recipes sound yummy. You'll have to make some of them and share your results with us. Thanks for bringing another interesting book to our attention.

parTea lady said...

This sounds like another tea book I'd like to add to my collection. The recipe section sounds great. Thanks for the review.

kimberly said...

The recipes sound wonderful, thanks for sharing!!! I'll be on the look out for this one.

Anonymous said...

Another great find, Angela. I don't know how you do it, but I'm glad that you do and glad that you share! Have a great weekend and thanks, Joanie

Deberah Williams said...

Sounds like a great book. Recipes sound interesting and the Lincoln quote is wonderful.

ChaChaneen said...

I lurve shortbread! Sounds like this book is full of yummy recipes all the way around the block. I hadn't heard that about Abraham Lincoln before, made me chuckle with laughter. ha ha Hope your having a lovely Sunday.

Melanie said...

Thanks for this review. I've really been wanting a good tea cookbook.