Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Coming soon to a (tea) bookshelf near you …

I've said it before, but if I'm not editing a book or writing a book, I'm reading a book, and most days, I do a bit of all three activities. Occasionally, I go snooping on Amazon to see what new tea books are coming out in the months ahead so I can go ahead and add them to my Wish List! Among the ones I’m eager to read this fall is “Tea Sets and Tyranny: The Politics of Politeness in Early America” by Steven C. Bullock. “Politics” and “politeness” aren’t two words I would put in the same sentence today, so I’m very interested in a book that examines the role of social interactions that contributed to the coming of the American Revolution.

“A Catered Tea Party” by Isis Crawford is coming this August, and it looks like just the sort of cozy mystery I’d like. I haven’t read any of this author’s othered “Catered” mysteries, so if you have, please let me know what you think.

Now I’ve been a Cath Kidston fan for years, so when I saw she’s coming out with a teatime cookbook, I immediately placed it on my Amazon Wish List. This one comes out in September, and the preview on Amazon looks delightful!

Coming in October is "Prêt-à-Portea: High Fashion Cakes and Cookies" by The Berkeley. The cover alone makes me want this! Tea friend Nancy Reppert personally enjoyed this unique hotel tea in London last year, and you can read about it here. (I imagine this book will be on her Wish List if it isn’t already.)

Also coming in October is “World Atlas of Tea” by Krisi Smith, which “follows tea from the plantation to harvesting and processing to how to make the perfect cup. The book is illustrated throughout with beautiful color photographs taken in the field." I love the idea of a "World Atlas" of tea and can't wait to read this one.

So what's on your teatime reading list these days?


  1. You are ahead of the game! I visit Amazon to check on new tea books, but usually after they have been released.

  2. Those look interesting - I will need to get my wish list updated, too.

  3. The atlas sounds great! I think I would enjoy them all. :-)

  4. Funny, I just started re-watching the awesome HBO series "John Adams" on Amazon Prime
    last night and watched their tea time carefully. The ones in episode one were demitasse and with no handles.

    I think this political politeness tea book you mentioned should be a mandatory read for today's politicians. Eeg gads things are unbearably impolite now. I'd like to just stay inside our home reading Jane Austen till this world passes over to something better most days, haha. Hugs.

  5. Don't these all look like fun! And how exciting to see a cookbook featuring the high fashion cakes and cookies from the Berkeley... oh my.... I want to go back!

  6. Thank you, my next tearoom to visit when in London! Hopefully soon!

  7. Thanks for the upcoming book previews.
    On an unrelated note, do you have a Hobby Lobby? I was there today and they have lots of tea themed things from fabric, to pictures, to home decor.

  8. Such great selections, thanks for the previews! There are definitely some titles to add to a wish list, Joanie


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