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!