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A Literary-Inspired Cookbook for Voracious Readers at Teatime Tea and books: the perfect pairing. There's nothing quite like sitting down to a good book on a lovely afternoon with a steaming cup of tea beside you, as you fall down the rabbit hole into the imaginative worlds of Alice in Wonderland, The Hobbit, and Sherlock Holmes . . . Fire up your literary fancies and nibbl A Literary-Inspired Cookbook for Voracious Readers at Teatime Tea and books: the perfect pairing. There's nothing quite like sitting down to a good book on a lovely afternoon with a steaming cup of tea beside you, as you fall down the rabbit hole into the imaginative worlds of Alice in Wonderland, The Hobbit, and Sherlock Holmes . . . Fire up your literary fancies and nibble your way through delicate sweets and savories with A Literary Afternoon Tea, which brings food from classic books to life with a teatime twist. Featuring fifty-five perfectly portioned recipes for an afternoon getaway, including custom homemade tea blends and beverages, you will have everything you need to plan an elaborate tea party. Cook up and enjoy: Turkish Delight while sipping on the White Witch’s Hot Chocolate from The Chronicles of Narnia Drink Me Tea with the Queen of Hearts’s Painted Rose Cupcakes from Alice in Wonderland Eeyore’s “Hipy Bthuthday” Cake with Hundred Acre Hot Chocolate from Winnie the Pooh Hannah’s Sweet Potato Bacon Pastries and Jo’s Gingerbread from Little Women Tom Sawyer’s Whitewashed Jelly Doughnuts from Tom Sawyer And more! Accompanied with photographs and book quotes, these recipes, inspired by the great works of literature, will complement any good book for teatime reading and eating.


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A Literary-Inspired Cookbook for Voracious Readers at Teatime Tea and books: the perfect pairing. There's nothing quite like sitting down to a good book on a lovely afternoon with a steaming cup of tea beside you, as you fall down the rabbit hole into the imaginative worlds of Alice in Wonderland, The Hobbit, and Sherlock Holmes . . . Fire up your literary fancies and nibbl A Literary-Inspired Cookbook for Voracious Readers at Teatime Tea and books: the perfect pairing. There's nothing quite like sitting down to a good book on a lovely afternoon with a steaming cup of tea beside you, as you fall down the rabbit hole into the imaginative worlds of Alice in Wonderland, The Hobbit, and Sherlock Holmes . . . Fire up your literary fancies and nibble your way through delicate sweets and savories with A Literary Afternoon Tea, which brings food from classic books to life with a teatime twist. Featuring fifty-five perfectly portioned recipes for an afternoon getaway, including custom homemade tea blends and beverages, you will have everything you need to plan an elaborate tea party. Cook up and enjoy: Turkish Delight while sipping on the White Witch’s Hot Chocolate from The Chronicles of Narnia Drink Me Tea with the Queen of Hearts’s Painted Rose Cupcakes from Alice in Wonderland Eeyore’s “Hipy Bthuthday” Cake with Hundred Acre Hot Chocolate from Winnie the Pooh Hannah’s Sweet Potato Bacon Pastries and Jo’s Gingerbread from Little Women Tom Sawyer’s Whitewashed Jelly Doughnuts from Tom Sawyer And more! Accompanied with photographs and book quotes, these recipes, inspired by the great works of literature, will complement any good book for teatime reading and eating.

30 review for A Literary Tea Party: Blends and Treats for Alice, Bilbo, Dorothy, Jo, and Book Lovers Everywhere

  1. 4 out of 5

    j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]

    I've been looking for a book just like this! My book club mates (babes!) always try to match the menu to the book when it is our turn to host. This can get a bit sketchy sometimes, but usually we can come up with a snack or full-on dinner when needed. Example: Nigerian pounded yam and fried plantains when we read AMERICANAH was a no-brainer, but a lot of books don't lend themselves well to food-interpreting (ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS). It's still fun to try. Should you be reading a classi I've been looking for a book just like this! My book club mates (babes!) always try to match the menu to the book when it is our turn to host. This can get a bit sketchy sometimes, but usually we can come up with a snack or full-on dinner when needed. Example: Nigerian pounded yam and fried plantains when we read AMERICANAH was a no-brainer, but a lot of books don't lend themselves well to food-interpreting (ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS). It's still fun to try. Should you be reading a classic, and YES! everyone should read the classics, this is the book for your party! It is chock full of recipes, anecdotes and photos for readers/cooks. It is absolutely charming! Anyone fancy a blood orange scone (Sherlock Holmes), how about a Delicious Death Chocolate Cake (A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED by Agatha Christie)? I love this book and I think any lover of books would find it worthy in their home library! Thanks very much to the publisher, author and Netgalley for allowing me to read and review this book!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher- Fire up your literary fancies and nibble your way through delicate sweets and savories with A Literary Tea Party, which brings food from classic books to life with a teatime twist. Featuring fifty-five perfectly portioned recipes for an afternoon getaway, including custom homemade tea blends and beverages, you will have everything you need to plan an elaborate tea party. Coo I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher- Fire up your literary fancies and nibble your way through delicate sweets and savories with A Literary Tea Party, which brings food from classic books to life with a teatime twist. Featuring fifty-five perfectly portioned recipes for an afternoon getaway, including custom homemade tea blends and beverages, you will have everything you need to plan an elaborate tea party. Cook up and enjoy: Turkish Delight while sipping on the White Witch’s Hot Chocolate from The Chronicles of Narnia Drink Me Tea with the Queen of Hearts’s Painted Rose Cupcakes from Alice in Wonderland Eeyore’s “Hipy Bthuthday” Cake with Hundred Acre Hot Chocolate from Winnie the Pooh Hannah’s Sweet Potato Bacon Pastries and Jo’s Gingerbread from Little Women Tom Sawyer’s Whitewashed Jelly Doughnuts from Tom Sawyer And more! Accompanied with photographs and book quotes, these recipes, inspired by the great works of literature, will complement any good book for teatime reading and eating. What an adorable little book!!! Even if you have no one to play tea party with you can certainly use these recipes for yummy treats and meal accompaniments. The range of recipes is vast and the photos are spectacular!!! Five solid stars --- where am I going to put it once I buy it as my cookbook shelves are GROANING already??? :-)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alisha

    I was able to get an early look at this thanks to NetGalley. It's a fun cookbook with sweets and savories from many favorite childhood and/or classic books. Even though I'm not familiar with all of the books mentioned, the recipes stand on their own and many of them sound (and look) quite tempting. For example, the "apple of life bites," which consist of apple disks, bacon, creme de brie, and pecans...yumm!! Or the sweet potato bacon pastries inspired by Little Women. Or the poetical egg salad sa I was able to get an early look at this thanks to NetGalley. It's a fun cookbook with sweets and savories from many favorite childhood and/or classic books. Even though I'm not familiar with all of the books mentioned, the recipes stand on their own and many of them sound (and look) quite tempting. For example, the "apple of life bites," which consist of apple disks, bacon, creme de brie, and pecans...yumm!! Or the sweet potato bacon pastries inspired by Little Women. Or the poetical egg salad sandwiches from Anne of Green Gables. Or the blackberry lemon sweet rolls inspired by A Little Princess. I am making myself quite hungry... Anyway, it's a very nice book with great pictures of most of the recipes. I think anyone with a flair for themed parties would love it. Or anyone who loves yummy food in general!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    This lovely collection of literary-inspired recipes for savories, breads, and desserts is inspired by familiar children’s and high school classics. Enjoy a hearty Deeper’n Ever Turnip’n Tater’n Beetroot Pie (served to the moles in Redwall), Savory Apple Rose Tartlets (a rose was The Phantom of the Opera's calling card), or Miss Marple’s “Pocket Full of Rye” Tea Sandwiches. Feast on Blood Orange Scones (for “The Five Orange Pips” in Sherlock Holmes’s fifth case) or Beorn’s Honey Nut Banana Bread This lovely collection of literary-inspired recipes for savories, breads, and desserts is inspired by familiar children’s and high school classics. Enjoy a hearty Deeper’n Ever Turnip’n Tater’n Beetroot Pie (served to the moles in Redwall), Savory Apple Rose Tartlets (a rose was The Phantom of the Opera's calling card), or Miss Marple’s “Pocket Full of Rye” Tea Sandwiches. Feast on Blood Orange Scones (for “The Five Orange Pips” in Sherlock Holmes’s fifth case) or Beorn’s Honey Nut Banana Bread (inspired by The Hobbit—though it does puzzle me where Beorn would have acquired bananas!) Finally, delight your palate with Jo’s Gingerbread (Little Women), Candied Flower Cookies (inspired by The Secret Garden), or Delicious Death Chocolate Cake (Agatha Christie’s A Murder is Announced.) The food recipes are fairly clear, and range from simple (deviled eggs, bacon-wrapped dates) to more complex (lavender lemon eclairs.) While most can be made with commonly-available ingredients, pans, and utensils, a few require more esoteric tools, such as a mandoline, or ingredients you will only find in an upscale or gourmet grocery store. There are a few tempting non-tea beverages included, from Hundred Acre Hot Chocolate (flavored with coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, and caramel sauce) to a nonalcoholic Raspberry Cordial such as the one Anne of Green Gables thought she was serving Diana. Alas, the tea blend recipes may prove more difficult to replicate, particularly if you’re not already a tea aficionado. After reading the entire section, I realized that all or at least most of the ingredients are loose teas, but if you’ve skimmed past the first paragraph in the “Note about Tea,” that isn’t entirely clear. And unless you have access to a specialty tea shop or are willing to buy your ingredients online, you will find it nearly impossible to come up with some of the suggested teas in “teaspoon” form, though you might luck out and find teabags. The author does give a little guidance on brewing tea, but not nearly enough for a novice. However, longtime tea lovers (like me!) will have fun recreating the suggested blends. Finally, cooks who prefer metric measures can relax; there are two handy conversion tables at the end, one for quantities and the other for oven temperatures. All in all, while there are a few recipes that made me lift an eyebrow—Hercule Poirot did love chocolate, but his teas were always “tisanes” or herbal teas, never maté—I heartily recommend A Literary Tea Party for anyone looking to throw a literary party, or just curl up with a cup of tea, a good book, and the perfectly-paired snack. Review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard. FTC disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    For literary lovers, fun foodies and creative party planners, this book is a cool must-have. The recipes are all for tea-time-appropriate snacks (savory and sweet), custom tea blends, and fun non-alcoholic drinks based on beloved books. Be Alice, having "bread and butterflies" and drinking tea with the Mad Hatter; step through the wardrobe and have a bite of Turkish Delight; or cook up a hearty afternoon snack fit for Hobbits and Dwarves alike. *Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC, provided by the au For literary lovers, fun foodies and creative party planners, this book is a cool must-have. The recipes are all for tea-time-appropriate snacks (savory and sweet), custom tea blends, and fun non-alcoholic drinks based on beloved books. Be Alice, having "bread and butterflies" and drinking tea with the Mad Hatter; step through the wardrobe and have a bite of Turkish Delight; or cook up a hearty afternoon snack fit for Hobbits and Dwarves alike. *Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC, provided by the author and/or the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marina

    Cometh the hour, cometh the cookbook. I was delighted to open this book and almost immediately find a new idea for my Easter party next week. (Cracked China Devilled Eggs – so colourful and pretty.) This is a book of literary-inspired tea-time recipes. Some recipes are directly related to foods eaten in the stories; others are just inspired by them ( eg Star Crossed Focaccia for Romeo and Juliet ). I recently read a cookbook with a similar premise to this: The Little Library Cookbook by Kate You Cometh the hour, cometh the cookbook. I was delighted to open this book and almost immediately find a new idea for my Easter party next week. (Cracked China Devilled Eggs – so colourful and pretty.) This is a book of literary-inspired tea-time recipes. Some recipes are directly related to foods eaten in the stories; others are just inspired by them ( eg Star Crossed Focaccia for Romeo and Juliet ). I recently read a cookbook with a similar premise to this: The Little Library Cookbook by Kate Young. (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) Interestingly, both authors used much of the same literary inspiration but came up with different recipe ideas. Whereas The Little Library Cookbook has many biographical notes, the notes in A Literary Tea Party are shorter and more focussed on the books. The foods are fancier, more novelty and less everyday. The photos are colourful and plentiful. Unlike The Little Library Cookbook, A Literary Tea Party is focussed on ‘afternoon tea’. There are ideas for themed tea parties. I found the section on tea blending a bit confusing- first, I was worried by the tea recipes including 1 tsp chocolate and 1tsp of vanilla – then saw the note saying that these refer to flavoured tea blends. Really? Where do you get these? Do I want to know? I’m sure there are many flavoured tea enthusiasts out there who will love this. However, I found the non-tea alternatives much more appealing. I do like this book. Many of the foods (such as Princess Sara’s Rose Cake and Arietty’s Mini Cherry Cakes) do look quite special. And although it seemed at first glance to be similar to The Little Library Cookbook, I’d be happy to find room for both of them on my (digital) shelf. Thanks to Net Galley and Skyhorse Publishing for this review copy.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Critterbee❇

    Taking inspiration from the literary worlds of Pooh Bear, the Phantom of the Opera, Sherlock Holmes, Alice's Adventure in Wonderland and more, A Literary Tea Party is a whimsical collection of savoury and sweet recipes for themed tea parties. Think 'Star-Crossed Focaccia' inspired by Romeo and Juliet, 'Candied Flower Cookies' from the Secret Garden, and 'Arctic Trail Coffee Muffins' from White Fang. The treats included have difficulty levels that range from easy to moderate; there are some candy Taking inspiration from the literary worlds of Pooh Bear, the Phantom of the Opera, Sherlock Holmes, Alice's Adventure in Wonderland and more, A Literary Tea Party is a whimsical collection of savoury and sweet recipes for themed tea parties. Think 'Star-Crossed Focaccia' inspired by Romeo and Juliet, 'Candied Flower Cookies' from the Secret Garden, and 'Arctic Trail Coffee Muffins' from White Fang. The treats included have difficulty levels that range from easy to moderate; there are some candy recipes that seem a bit more challenging. The photographs really do a nice job of showcasing the nibbles, and there are book quotes that identify the inspiration for each bite. The only issue I had was with the tea recipes. Examples of ingredients for recipes include: 2 tsp chocolate 2 tsp honeybush 1 tsp lavender buds 1 tsp cream 3 tsp toasted mate There is a note a the beginning of the tea section explaining that all ingredients "refer to teas of that flavor, not extracts or dairy." So, basically you are mixing various types of store-bought tea. For special occasions, it would probably be fine. It seems a bit too specific for an everyday home cook, unless they are a huge tea drinker and keep lavender buds and toasted mate on hand. This cookbook would be a great help for planning a book-themed party. *eARC Netgalley*

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lara Maynard

    This is a cute book, the type of thing that would make a nice gift book for a reader. Maybe give the book with a copy of one of the classic books mentioned and the ingredients to make one of the associated recipes! I made the London Fog Latte inspired by Sherlock Holmes and really enjoyed it, so I've made it several times since, adjusting things a bit to my own taste. (I brew the tea a bit longer and add a bit less honey. Also a safety note: the hot liquid in the bender is gives off quite a bit o This is a cute book, the type of thing that would make a nice gift book for a reader. Maybe give the book with a copy of one of the classic books mentioned and the ingredients to make one of the associated recipes! I made the London Fog Latte inspired by Sherlock Holmes and really enjoyed it, so I've made it several times since, adjusting things a bit to my own taste. (I brew the tea a bit longer and add a bit less honey. Also a safety note: the hot liquid in the bender is gives off quite a bit of heat and steam, and will want to explode the cover off of the blender. I recommend putting a tea towel over the top and hold it down tightly while blending to avoid major mess and potential burns.) I've even started inventing my own tea lattes now, and have earmarked several more recipes from "A Literary Tea Party" to try. I read a digital copy of #ALiteraryTeaParty from the publisher via #NetGalley.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Julie (Jewls Book Blog)

    This book was an interesting and engaging marriage of food in literature. Each recipe begins with a brief quote that somewhat correlates to the story they came from. The recipes range from a nice selection of flavored teas, cider, and hot chocolates to savory pies and bite size cakes and muffins. The most challenging-at least for me-was the candy making...does goop count?! I tried a few of the simpler recipes and was pleased with the results. From the Chronicles of Narnia, the Apple of Life Bite This book was an interesting and engaging marriage of food in literature. Each recipe begins with a brief quote that somewhat correlates to the story they came from. The recipes range from a nice selection of flavored teas, cider, and hot chocolates to savory pies and bite size cakes and muffins. The most challenging-at least for me-was the candy making...does goop count?! I tried a few of the simpler recipes and was pleased with the results. From the Chronicles of Narnia, the Apple of Life Bites were an easy-to-make, tasty mix of tart apple, creamy Brie, and salty bacon pieces. And I couldn’t pass up The Borrower’s Arriety and her mini cherry cakes because the picture of these dainty cakes was too cute! Super simple to make, the cherry preserves were layered with a scrumptious Devonshire cream (recipe included) and melt-in-your-mouth buttery pound cake (store bought per recipe) that was irresistible! My husband loved them! Having said that, the recipe was also easily interchangeable with fresh strawberries and strawberry preserves-yum! **And yes, I took a picture of these little beauties to prove how quick and easy it was to make them! A Literary Tea Party was brilliant fun! Alison Walsh took a neat perspective of food in literature and gave them modern appeal. The common theme gave me a fresh perspective on old favorites and a desire to see for myself what’s lurking in the ones I’ve yet to crack open. I also appreciated how the recipes/portion sizes would work well as appetizers for any type of occasion! I will definitely be adding this book to my cookbook collection! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Angel Pickard

    This was a lovely book! The concept and execution are flawless. The premise is that the recipes remind you of literary favorites and it has achieved success in doing so. The guide for a book themed tea party is so fun and well done. I also really enjoyed the "make your own tea" section that allows you to brew a tea to go with a selection. The book is well organized into categories making ease in planning your tea or luncheon. The book ultimately had me thinking about other of my favorite works a This was a lovely book! The concept and execution are flawless. The premise is that the recipes remind you of literary favorites and it has achieved success in doing so. The guide for a book themed tea party is so fun and well done. I also really enjoyed the "make your own tea" section that allows you to brew a tea to go with a selection. The book is well organized into categories making ease in planning your tea or luncheon. The book ultimately had me thinking about other of my favorite works and how I could re create the food in them to "feel closer to the character and story" which is what Alison Walsh is attempting to help us do with her delightful cookbook. I was given this book by my friends at Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Aimee

    This is a delightful book for anyone like me who is passionate about reading and drinking tea. The cookbook consists of different recipes in the categories of savories, breads and muffins, sweets, homemade tea blends, and tea alternatives. Each recipe is inspired by a book and includes the recipe, a quotation from the book, a few words about the recipe from the author, and for most recipes a picture. The books chosen to inspire the recipes are classics that most will recognize, I know a few of m This is a delightful book for anyone like me who is passionate about reading and drinking tea. The cookbook consists of different recipes in the categories of savories, breads and muffins, sweets, homemade tea blends, and tea alternatives. Each recipe is inspired by a book and includes the recipe, a quotation from the book, a few words about the recipe from the author, and for most recipes a picture. The books chosen to inspire the recipes are classics that most will recognize, I know a few of my all time favorite books are in the book, including Anne of Green Gables. The recipes do not appear to be too difficult and the tea blends are different and I am looking forward to trying some of them. This is a great little cookbook for fans of tea parties and good litereature.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Muriel

    Fun recipes inspired by literature, like Alice in Wonderland and Little Women. There are recipes for everything from sandwiches to tarts. There are even tea blends to make. This would be a good book of tea time recipes inspired by a book lover. Note: I was allowed an advance copy of this book to review. In no way did that affect my opinions.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Daphnee (daphneereads)

    This is a must-have cookbook for all readers! The recipes are inspired of Alice in Wonderland, Narnia, Shakespeare and more! It even comes with tea pairings and homemade tea blends, how cool is that? I definitely look forward for the finished copy. Thank you NetGalley, the autor and publisher for the ebook copy.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Robin Bonne

    Scrumptious looking photos of food paired with clever recipe names, book quotes, and tea pairings make for one of the best cookbooks I have had the pleasure of reading. Now I want to throw a tea party! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy of the ebook.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lori Quick

    This was just a fun cookbook to read. I loved going through all the recipes. If I ever wanted to have a themed tea party, this is my go to book. I think it is awesome and highly recommend it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Wahle

    Have you ever yearned to eat what the characters in your current book are eating?  Or gotten hungry from the descriptions of food in books?  I always wanted to try Maple Syrup snow candy like Laura Ingalls made in Little House in the Big Woods.  Or have Raspberry Cordial with Anne Shirley.  Or something simple like Bread and Jam with Frances the badger.  A Literary Tea Party by Alison Walsh includes recipes for sweet and savory teatime treats and the tea blends to accompany them.   Like many grea Have you ever yearned to eat what the characters in your current book are eating?  Or gotten hungry from the descriptions of food in books?  I always wanted to try Maple Syrup snow candy like Laura Ingalls made in Little House in the Big Woods.  Or have Raspberry Cordial with Anne Shirley.  Or something simple like Bread and Jam with Frances the badger.  A Literary Tea Party by Alison Walsh includes recipes for sweet and savory teatime treats and the tea blends to accompany them.   Like many great cookbooks, this one starts with tips, tricks, and substitutions.  Even when I think I know what I'm doing, these chapters usually teach me something I needed to know or remind me of a better way to do something.  Alison gathers some of her recipes into suggested party themes before jumping into the recipes.  I'm looking forward to a Tea Time Garden Party this Summer with Lavender Lemon Eclairs inspired by The Secret Garden and Poetical Egg Salad Sandwiches from Anne of Green Gables.   The recipes are a lovely balance of sweet and savory.  I did not try any of the savory recipes but the Sweet Potato Bacon Pastries inspired by Little Women sound wonderful.  This might be a nice snack to have while curling up with the new Masterpiece Theater presentation airing on PBS soon.   I couldn't review a cookbook without trying some of the recipes.  Beorn's Honey Nut Banana Bread from The Hobbit was well received at work.  The cinnamon and ginger add warmth and the banana flavor is not overpowering.  My husband does not like banana bread, but admitted this smelled really good.  No, he would not try it. I didn't have as much success with the Blood Orange Scones, but I also did not follow the recipe completely.  1/4 cup of blood orange bitters sounded like a lot so I replaced it with fresh blood orange juice instead.  If I attempt these again, I will follow the recipe. My taste testers loved Long John's Lime Cookies.  These had a nice snap of lime and sweetness from a powdered sugar coating.  The cookies themselves are not too sweet, which made them a great pairing with tea.  These were fast and worked well when we had a potluck during a very busy week.  I mixed the dough, rolled it into a log, and froze it 2 days before the party.  The night before I thawed the log a little, sliced and baked.  These were devoured quickly.  The most popular recipe I tested were the Arctic Trail Coffee Muffins inspired by Jack London's White Fang.  I've made them several times and have played with the recipe a little to fit my tastes.  I upped the instant coffee (I used Espresso powder) and the spices.  These are wonderfully fresh from the oven with nothing on them, with maple butter as suggested, or with cream cheese.   The next recipe I will be trying is Blackberry Lemon Sweet Rolls, a treat Sara Crewe from  Frances Hodgson Burnett's A Little Princess may have enjoyed.  I did not try any of the homemade tea blends because I wasn't sure where to start.  A list of suggested tea vendors or websites would have been helpful.   All in all this was a lovely book to read and even better to cook from.  I reviewed an ebook I received from NetGalley but will be buying my own print copy when it is released in June.  I will also be buying copies for my friends with children so they can enjoy some literary teatimes. #ALiteraryTeaParty #NetGalley

  17. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    The premise and style of this book is incredibly charming. The idea of making food and tea recipes based off of various well-known books is one that's really appealing to me as a bookworm, and the aesthetic design of this book (the pictures especially) is quite whimsical and cute. The things I liked: As I said, the style and concept were very well conceptualized and executed, and the pictures look scrumptious. I thought that perhaps more recipes would be direct recreations of dishes mentioned in b The premise and style of this book is incredibly charming. The idea of making food and tea recipes based off of various well-known books is one that's really appealing to me as a bookworm, and the aesthetic design of this book (the pictures especially) is quite whimsical and cute. The things I liked: As I said, the style and concept were very well conceptualized and executed, and the pictures look scrumptious. I thought that perhaps more recipes would be direct recreations of dishes mentioned in books, but the majority are the author's interpretation of food mentioned in books, or simply dishes that take inspiration from a book or character. I appreciate that creativity and the fact that it's not too literal. The recipes are very detailed and information is given about how to approach certain techniques and substitutions. I really appreciate cookbooks being user-friendly, and also appreciate that the author encourages the reader to experiment on their own using her recipes as inspiration. Things I didn't love: I did think that this book is not incredibly vegetarian/vegan friendly. There are some vegetarian recipes, but the majority of them prominently feature cheese. I'm not a vegan, but I am a vegetarian and I'm trying to avoid dairy, and that severely limited the amount of recipes I could try without significant substitutions. A strict vegan would have a very hard time finding recipes they could use in this book. I think for the most part, there was a decent variety of recipes, but I did think a few got a little repetitive. There were quite a few recipes for savory pastries stuffed with vegetables and cheese. Tasty, I'm sure, but I don't need multiple recipes for that, especially given that I don't eat cheese. On top of that, I don't think that on the whole the recipes are particularly healthy-carbs play a pretty significant role. That being said, this book is about whimsical literary food, not healthy food, so that's fine, I suppose. My biggest issue was with the instructions about how to make the teas to pair with the foods. I was quite excited about that, because I love tea and was interested in how to experiment with their own. I thought that this book might give instructions on what kind of spices could be used to make herbal tea/added to tea leaves to make new varieties of tea. Instead, it seems like every recipe is simply a blend of different kinds of flavored tea mixes. This isn't all that exciting to me, and on top of that, buying 3-4 variety of loose-leaf tea can get quite expensive. I also thought the recipes were confusing, and it took me a while to figure out that "cream" and "chocolate" meant cream and chocolate flavored black tea, not actual cream and chocolate. The fact that the variety of tea is not specified, only the flavor of said tea, means these recipes would be a little tricky to follow, and potentially quite spending. However, on the whole I think this book is very successful for what it set out to do. It a whimsical marriage of appreciation for literature and appreciation for food and tea, and you could certainly create quite the literary tea party with the help of this book!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Garrison

    A Literary Tea Party gives you all you need to host a large or small tea party, but not only that these recipes are also great for everyday baking and cooking right to your own table. Recipes are simple and easy to follow. Oh, and as a tea lover, this book gives you a lot of tea flavors that you’ll love again and again. I was totally surprised how well this book was written. Put it to you this way, as a book reviewer off of Netgalley we don’t get to keep the book, so I am staying a lot here when A Literary Tea Party gives you all you need to host a large or small tea party, but not only that these recipes are also great for everyday baking and cooking right to your own table. Recipes are simple and easy to follow. Oh, and as a tea lover, this book gives you a lot of tea flavors that you’ll love again and again. I was totally surprised how well this book was written. Put it to you this way, as a book reviewer off of Netgalley we don’t get to keep the book, so I am staying a lot here when I say I myself will be grabbing a copy for myself. If you love nostalgic, tea, baking and cooking this one is for you.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Reviews

    A Literary Tea Party by Alison Walsh is a wonderful literary cookbook filled with fun and easy-to-follow recipes inspired by all your favorite books. I love reading about what characters are eating and drinking and I’ve always fantasized about how I’d recreate their meals. Thanks to this unique book, I can fulfil my literary foodie fantasies! The book features recipes which are inspired by classic and much-loved literary works like Little Women, The Hobbit and Winnie-the-Pooh. The recipes range fr A Literary Tea Party by Alison Walsh is a wonderful literary cookbook filled with fun and easy-to-follow recipes inspired by all your favorite books. I love reading about what characters are eating and drinking and I’ve always fantasized about how I’d recreate their meals. Thanks to this unique book, I can fulfil my literary foodie fantasies! The book features recipes which are inspired by classic and much-loved literary works like Little Women, The Hobbit and Winnie-the-Pooh. The recipes range from really simple to fairly complicated. The cookbook is helpfully organized into sections on savouries, bread & muffins, sweets, homemade tea blends and tea alternatives. Another really great feature is that the book has themed tea party ideas so you’ll never be uncertain of what combinations of goodies to have at your party. I especially love that Walsh includes tea pairings with the recipes. She even has some recipes for making your own homemade tea blends. I also really like that she provides recipes for other drinks like cider and hot chocolate in case you’re not a fan of tea. This book is so charming and well-thought out. I love the little details: each recipe begins with a quote from the book that relates to the recipe and I especially love the cute recipe names. Just imagine yourself enjoying Quoth the Raven tea inspired by Edgar Allan Poe and Anne of Green Gables’ Poetical Egg Salad Sandwiches. I would definitely purchase A Literary Tea Party. The recipes are well-detailed and look absolutely delicious. I haven’t tried any of the recipes yet but I have many bookmarked for later experiments. This book would be perfect for the tea, food, and book lovers in your life. Or, snag a copy for yourself and have your own extravagant tea party! I really hope that Alison Walsh will put out more cookbooks just like this because I can’t wait to read and eat some more! Thank you to NetGalley and Skyhorse Publishing for this book in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ilana

    The tea party scene in Alice in Wonderland is one of the most inspiring literary descriptions of a food-related habit. The cuppa shared around the table is part of a cultural taste habit which where aromatic infusions are a pretext for conversations and sharing. The literary world has plenty of episodes where the food is elegantly inserted into the stories, more or less delivered with a recipe at the end. Actually, in my experience, this 'habit' of sharing recipes in a literary work is rather a The tea party scene in Alice in Wonderland is one of the most inspiring literary descriptions of a food-related habit. The cuppa shared around the table is part of a cultural taste habit which where aromatic infusions are a pretext for conversations and sharing. The literary world has plenty of episodes where the food is elegantly inserted into the stories, more or less delivered with a recipe at the end. Actually, in my experience, this 'habit' of sharing recipes in a literary work is rather a very new occurrence, due probably to the highest interest that food is getting nowadays, representative for a part of the world where elaborated food doesn't represent a luxury any more. A Literary Tea Party by Alison Walsh is a delight for both of the reader and the foodie. Picking up inspiration from classical literary works as diverse as Romeo and Juliet, White Fang, or the Wizard of Oz, it set up the table for a lengthy discussion about life, works, words and, obviously, taste buds. You can easily organise your themed tea party ideas regardless of the topic of your book club, just to follow the literary inspiration in the picture. There are many recipes to talk about and taste too, many introduced by cute - not too highly elaborated and edited - pictures, but for my hungry eyes, the following caught my eyes: the apple tart inspired by King Arthur's story, the cyclone cookies from the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, or the Lover's Tea that Romeo&Juliet inspired. The recipes are easy to replicate, with smart directions, doable by beginner and middle-level baker/cook too. Disclaimer: Book offered by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mme LionHead

    I requested this book from NetGalley because it contains two things I love: books and cooking/baking. The ARC copy also has a really pretty illustration for the cover page, much more so than the final book cover in my opinion. (Re)Creating recipes from fictions is not a new idea. In this book, the author tries to set herself apart from existing books and online blogs of the similar nature by focusing on tea time finger food, snacks, and drinks. She also offers theme party ideas based on her reci I requested this book from NetGalley because it contains two things I love: books and cooking/baking. The ARC copy also has a really pretty illustration for the cover page, much more so than the final book cover in my opinion. (Re)Creating recipes from fictions is not a new idea. In this book, the author tries to set herself apart from existing books and online blogs of the similar nature by focusing on tea time finger food, snacks, and drinks. She also offers theme party ideas based on her recipes. I think her concept for this book has a lot of potential but the execution is seriously lacking. For one, it is quite evident that she does not have an extensive background in baking. As most of her recipes are built upon standard beginner (basic) recipes, I could 't help but wanting to make small changes to improve her creations,.Second of, often, it's difficult for me to make the connection between her idea and the book that the recipe is based of. Many of them feel like quite a stretch to fit the theme of the book. That being said, there are still few recipes interesting enough that I would like to try myself. What I think is the most impressive In this book, though, is her homemade tea blends. Just by reading about these tea blends on paper, I feel infused in the amalgamated aroma of various types of tea. It is warm, comforting, and feminine. Now those are definitely worth a try. I wouldn't really recommend this book to anyone. For something similar, I highly recommend checking out Binging With Babbish (Yourube or book).

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elley Murray

    I love that you can go through the book by category (Savories, Bread & Muffings, Sweets, Tea Blends, and Tea Alternatives) as well as suggestions for themed tea party groupings (Alice's Mad Tea Party, Aslan's Feast, An Autumnal Tea Party...) I do wish there had been a few more recipes for each literary source so you could have (for example) a Winnie the Pooh themed party., As it stands, the only books that have themed parties in the themed party idea section are Alice in Wonderland and The Ch I love that you can go through the book by category (Savories, Bread & Muffings, Sweets, Tea Blends, and Tea Alternatives) as well as suggestions for themed tea party groupings (Alice's Mad Tea Party, Aslan's Feast, An Autumnal Tea Party...) I do wish there had been a few more recipes for each literary source so you could have (for example) a Winnie the Pooh themed party., As it stands, the only books that have themed parties in the themed party idea section are Alice in Wonderland and The Chronicles of Narnia, with Redwall having enough recipes to probably be able to do a Redwall party too. I'd want an Anne of Green Gables tea party, and there are only two Anne of Green Gables recipes. Recipes list a tea pairing if there is a corresponding tea blend. I'd have liked to see some suggested tea pairings in general that aren't customer blends from the book (even just if it goes best with a particular type of herbal, or a green tea, or English Breakfast, or...) This book is a lovely blend of recipes straight from the stories (like the Turkish Delight from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe) as well as several that are more inspired by literature (like the Queen of Hearts' Painted Rose Cupcakes).

  23. 4 out of 5

    Andreia Nuno

    An amazing, deliciously sweet book that will brighten the tea time of every book lover. A Literary Tea Party brings the foods of classic books to light and gives you enough recipes to spice up any bookish time. You’re taken on a trip from stories and fairytales through dishes and desserts: Turkish Delight and Hot chocolate from the Narnia Chronicles, Gingerbread from Little Women, Drink Me Tea and Painted Rose Cupcakes from Alice in Wonderland, Delicious Death chocolate cake from Agatha Christie’ An amazing, deliciously sweet book that will brighten the tea time of every book lover. A Literary Tea Party brings the foods of classic books to light and gives you enough recipes to spice up any bookish time. You’re taken on a trip from stories and fairytales through dishes and desserts: Turkish Delight and Hot chocolate from the Narnia Chronicles, Gingerbread from Little Women, Drink Me Tea and Painted Rose Cupcakes from Alice in Wonderland, Delicious Death chocolate cake from Agatha Christie’s Murder is Announced, amongst others. Fifty-five recipes that will brighten any tea time and/or book club meeting. I loved this little book and even tried a few recipes. They are easy to follow and the instructions are written in a simple and direct way. Reading through them, I felt the need to read the books again. It gives out a sense of nostalgia and cosiness. In each page, beautiful photographs and quotes from the classics give a sense of magic. This is a must-have in any book lovers’ collection right between the classics and the cookbooks. Thank you NetGalley, Skyhorse Publishing and the author for allowing me to read and review a digital copy of this book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)

    Full review on theflashlightreader.com A few months ago, my mom and I went to a traditional English Tea at a local Bed and Breakfast. Neither of us had attended a tea before, but we decided it would be a great way to kick off the holiday season and do something different. Sometimes life demands a distraction from the mundane every day routine. What better way to slow down and refresh yourself than with delicious food and flavorful teas? The experience was very pleasant. In fact, we enjoyed it so Full review on theflashlightreader.com A few months ago, my mom and I went to a traditional English Tea at a local Bed and Breakfast. Neither of us had attended a tea before, but we decided it would be a great way to kick off the holiday season and do something different. Sometimes life demands a distraction from the mundane every day routine. What better way to slow down and refresh yourself than with delicious food and flavorful teas? The experience was very pleasant. In fact, we enjoyed it so much, my mom and I have talked about hosting a tea for my great-aunts. Imagine how delighted I was to discover A Literary Tea Time. I have often thought the concept of tracking the foods in literature to be brilliant. I’ve seen books that have different variations on the concept, but this book was a bit different because each recipe is designed for tea time. ....

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sam (RiverMooseReads)

    I really loved this cookbook. I love nerdy/literary recipes, and this book had a wide mix of of foods, sweet to savory, and a wide range of classic books. I also loved the pictures of each food - they were beautiful, and the instructions were all clear and easy to follow. I really loved how each food was paired with a tea or drink, and each had its own recipe as well, which was really creative and cute. The themed party ideas and baking tips were well done as well. The tips for less common ingre I really loved this cookbook. I love nerdy/literary recipes, and this book had a wide mix of of foods, sweet to savory, and a wide range of classic books. I also loved the pictures of each food - they were beautiful, and the instructions were all clear and easy to follow. I really loved how each food was paired with a tea or drink, and each had its own recipe as well, which was really creative and cute. The themed party ideas and baking tips were well done as well. The tips for less common ingredients, their uses, substitutions, explanations on certain less common baking techniques were very useful and welcome - definitely beginner baker friendly. Overall, if you enjoy baking and classic literature, this is the cookbook for you!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I love the concept of this cookbook. It would be perfect for an afternoon book club meeting. My favourite part was the addition of quotes from the book as too often literary recipes have little to do with the actual novel except for a clever recipe title. I also enjoyed the mix of techniques throughout the book with some recipes for beginners with pre bought doughs, while others make dough or candy from scratch being more advanced, The unique tea mixes and pairings with the recipes is a very hel I love the concept of this cookbook. It would be perfect for an afternoon book club meeting. My favourite part was the addition of quotes from the book as too often literary recipes have little to do with the actual novel except for a clever recipe title. I also enjoyed the mix of techniques throughout the book with some recipes for beginners with pre bought doughs, while others make dough or candy from scratch being more advanced, The unique tea mixes and pairings with the recipes is a very helpful touch as well. A wonderful book for those special occasions you may want to add a literary touch to.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I love eating treats, tea and reading so why not combine all them? I love this book and hope that you will enjoy it as well!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rianna (RiannaBlok)

    18/52 books read in 2018. Provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely adore this cookbook! Every single recipe made me smile. Either because I have read the book & was transported back to those scenes or because the scene described made me want to read the book which inspired the recipe. The recipes aren't too difficult & I love that there are savory and sweet recipes. I definitely recommend this to all the bookworms out there.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    This is a great little cookbook to use for programming with bookgroups.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Etienne

    For the foody-reader who dream of trying food or drink from there favorite book. Nothing great, but it's what it said it's. Simple and well done. If you're into it, it do the job well.

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