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The History of Tea (ePub)

P&S History > Food & Drink

By Claire Hopley
Imprint: Remember When
File Size: 449.9 KB (.epub)
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781781596470
Published: 16th August 2009


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The History of Tea and Tea Times as Seen in Books focuses on tea and tea time in books, plays and poems. Whether used for flirtation or a reason to bring key characters together, this delightful book explores our relationship with tea through fiction. Divided into chapters to include a brief tea history, romantic teas and tea parties (from the infamous Boston Tea Party to the bizarre Madhatter’s Tea Party), Claire will take us on a walk through the long, dark tea time – of literature. The use of recipes based on the scenes in the featured books is a USP and one which is bound to appeal to readers.

Intriguing and practical, this book gives the best of both worlds when it comes to the colourful world of tea! From tea for gossips, to romantic get-togethers, and even teas for formality; Claire Hopley delves into the role of tea and tea-time in classic literature such as Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford, and the novels of Jane Austen and D.H. Lawrence. From the initial discoveries of tea in China; traditions of tea-drinking across the globe, and the subsequent tea-trading of the East India Company, The History of Tea also encompasses 35 delicious recipes (to accompany a freshly brewed cup!) handpicked from the stories of some of the most favoured books. Curl up on the sofa with one of Mary Poppins’ raspberry jam cakes – not forgetting your tea, of course – and enjoy this truly civilized read.


Claire Hopley gives a concise history: its origins, legends and types of tea interspersed with enticing glimpses of tea's multi-faceted social history: tea gowns; tango teas and children's teas to name a few. But what I most like about this fascinating book is that the story of tea drinking in Britain is told with a different and refreshing slant - through literature. Another plus is the excellent selection of tea-time recipes based on scenes in some of our best-loved books. The book is attractively priced and there is a rewarding section at the end listing favourite tea rooms around Britain.

Helen Saberi, Petits Propos Culinaires 89

Hopley has written a fun and light-hearted book, weaving together history with recipes for such delights as rum-raisin batter cake and posh tea sandwiches. This is a treasury for tea fans, containing everything you might want to know about tea. Best of all, it is very readable - with good-sized type and an easy-on-the-eyes layout.

British Heritage Magazine

It shows readers how tea has gone from being a romantic catalyst for characters in Jane Austen novels to serving a more sophisticated purpose in afternoon teas alongside homemade scones.

The Chester Chronicle

The English have adopted tea as a national drink and it played a part in raising morale in time of war. This easily read account of the vicissitudes of tea will appeal widely. There is particularly full and helpful index, a select bibliography, a glossary and a list of tearooms for good measure and illustrations.

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