This is the third book in the popular Elmwood Tea series of afternoon tea recipes from Shelley and Bruce Richardson. Each of the categories of recipes includes easy to follow directions and exquisitely presented photos. They include soups, savories, sandwiches, salads, puff pastries, quiches, and a plethora of tempting sweets. Unusual items such as Irish Tea Eggs and helpful tea hints make this book an interesting read as well as a reference source. The authors, best sum up the premise of their book with, "For us, tea is not a commodity, it is a lifestyle." Tea is not simply a hot drink, it is prepared and enjoyed with ceremony. It incorporates etiquette and conversation. The authors stress that "....the purpose of afternoon tea is to satisfy the soul rather than the stomach!" Whether you've wondered how to make a tea party, or wish to remember and relish one, this book will definitely put you in the mood to put the kettle on!
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