Do you ever want to look at a book or magazine simply because it's pretty? I do. In the course of my job I am forever reading articles about cooking, decorating, news and technology, but sometimes I just need to quiet my mind by looking at something where I don't have to think so much. Even two recent visits to the magazine stands turned up nothing inspiring. For that reason, I was so very surprised -- and grateful -- when a new tea book I ordered ended up being not only a delightful read but also the loveliest thing I've *looked at* in quite some time!
"Tea at Fortnum & Mason" is a small (5-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches) book, clad in that beautiful eau de nil color for which the London department store is rightly famous. This book had been on my wish list for some time, and I finally ordered it as a small treat for myself for surviving another large project at work. Ahh, it was just what I was looking for, with tea information and recipes I wanted but also beautiful photography I was craving. Like the image of this Eclair with Fresh Cream and Raspberries.
And this Honey, Sultana and Pecan Tea Bread, sliced and cleverly posed against a teapot.
Even the opening pages of the chapters are gorgeous, such as this spread for "The History of Tea."
Or what about this one for "Small Cakes and Fancies"? The design and recipes in this book are both outstanding, and if you need a little "soul food" yourself I'd certainly recommend it. Now if you don't mind my asking ... what's the last really pretty book or magazine you've read?