I set aside a space on my bookcase for "tea books only" approximately two years ago. It was to serve as a reference space for educational purposes only. However, I found there were no distinct lines I could draw when it came to the subject of tea and how it pertained to me. Here are just a few of the topics: History of Tea, Tea Terroirs, Tea Cultivars, Tea Etiquette, Vintage Spoons, Tea Cocktails, Teaware, Afternoon Tea Places, Afternoon Tea Recipes, Tea Party Ideas, Ceramics and Pottery, Proper Storage and Handling of Tea, Entertaining, Culinary Tea, Tea and Wine Pairings, Life of A Tea Sommelier, Coffee, History of Sugar and so on.
So, I decided to be a little more lax about the "tea book" section and expanded it to include Desserts, Travel, Packaging Photography, Inspiration and Fiction. Much of what happens in everyday life affects my decisions so I feel it's only appropriate.
Not all of the books are about tea, coffee or sugar, per se. But, they all fit really well together.
I receive on average about five books a month. If I have a trip planned I like to order a few more. I was recently introduced to a wholesale book distributor who is now selling me books at a fraction of what I was paying on Amazon & Amazon UK <sigh> and I received my fourteen book shipment last week. I was so happy I nearly fainted. There are books that have yet to come! The stragglers will be arriving mid-October.
I won't be doing book reviews here because well, I'm not a professional book reviewer. I can tell you a little about it and whether or not I felt it was worth my time and money.
I'm going to include any books that inspire my tea and coffee journey.
The first book I'm starting off with is Fairytale Food: Enchanting recipes to bring a litle magic to your cooking by Lucie Cash
You should definitely click on the link for more pictures of the book. The book is charming, whimsical and spectacularly magical just as promised. The illustrations are lovely and the recipes will inspire your inner child. With recipes like Princess and the Pea Soup, Jack's Magic Bean Salad, and Mummy Bear's Blue and Black Beary Crumble how can it not bring a smile to your face.
I flew through this book in a few hours and started on Tea And Cake by Emma Block. It's full of recipes for the perfect afternoon tea. I love how she includes important details like making lists! I am all about creating lists and paying attention to all the little details that go into a tea party. I don't very much enjoy books that throw a bunch of recipes at me with no story, little advice or insight. A few things she touched on which all fall into the category of the importance of planning: Invitations, Selecting the Type of Soiree, Playlist, Food Prep, TEA SELECTION (so crucial), Menu and Tabletop Layout.
Her book also has some lovely illustrations and a nice little section on tea cocktails.
I give both books a 5 out of 5.
Have a great week and happy reading!