Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Tea with Jane Austen” as Want to Read:
Tea with Jane Austen
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Tea with Jane Austen

by
3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  885 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
Who would not want to sit down with Jane Austen and join her in a cup of tea? This book shares the secrets of one of her favourite rituals. Each chapter includes a description of how tea was taken at a particular place or time of day, along with history, recipes, excerpts from Austen's novels and letters and illustrations from the time.
Hardcover, 108 pages
Published September 3rd 2004 by Jones Books (first published 2004)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Tea with Jane Austen, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Tea with Jane Austen

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Laura
Apr 16, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it
I know it looks silly, but it's far more interesting and substantive than it sounds. Lots of quotes and Austen references, but more of a social history of tea—not so much the beverage as the ritual. Quick and fun reading.
Sheryl Tribble
Jan 17, 2017 Sheryl Tribble rated it really liked it
A thin little book with a lot of illustrations and quotes in big print, that accomplishes its purpose of exploring tea practices of Jane's era, and in particular of Jane herself. Although mostly a discussion of social customs, the book also includes a dozen or so recipes, most of them offered first as written in Jane's lifetime, and then translated for a modern kitchen. I would have liked some color illustrations, for example of Jane's brother's Wedgwood set, but wasn't surprised by the lack and ...more
Laurel
In Regency era England, the popularity and social importance of tea-drinking is exemplified by Jane Austen’s characters no less than fifty-eight times in her six major novels. The observant reader will recognize pivotal events transpire around sitting down and taking tea: In Emma, Miss Bates declines coffee “No coffee, I thank you, for me-never take coffee. A little tea if you please,” in Northanger Abbey impressionable Catherine Moreland drinks tea with the Tilney’s and is awed by the “elegance ...more
Mary Simonsen
Jul 30, 2012 Mary Simonsen rated it it was amazing
Tea with Jane Austen is a lovingly told tale of the importance of tea in the life of those who lived in the Regency Era. It is all here: How to make tea, tea and toast for breakfast (the usual breakfast fare for all but the wealthiest households), seeping the tea leaves, tea caddies and miscellaneous utensils, shopping for tea sets, and the different types of teas. In Austen's time, tea was a valuable commodity that was kept under lock and key. In the Austen household, Jane was the keeper of the ...more
Amy
Jul 08, 2008 Amy rated it really liked it
This book was very interesting and informative, a portrayal of Jane Austen, how she acquired her tea, which teas she preferred to drink, and what she served with her tea, including some recipes, as well as a history of tea, the availability of different types of tea in Jane Austen's time, and the evolution of tea in general. I particularly enjoyed reading the excerpts from Austen's novels and letters. This is a great book for both tea lovers and Jane Austen fans. I highly recommend it!
Tammy
Nov 21, 2011 Tammy rated it liked it
A history of tea and tea-time in England with emphasis on Jane Austen's lifetime as well as examples of different tea traditions from different levels of British society and quotes from Austen's novels that illustrate these traditions.

Did you know that coffee appeared in England before tea? Some households even served coffee or hot cocoa instead of tea at tea time but since tea had become the fashionable drink of high society and royalty this afternoon or evening repast became refered to as "te
...more
Angel's books
Dec 03, 2016 Angel's books rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arastirma
Sevgili Jane Austen severler, bu kitabı bence okumalısınız!
Tam olarak neyle karşılaşacağımı bilmiyordum ama kesinlikle kitabı sevdim.
İngiltere'nin çayla tanışması, kültürlerine çayın nasıl işlediği ve yer edindiğini öğrenmiş oldum.
Austen kitaplarını okurken yemeklere, içeceklere anlatımda bu kadar yer verilmesini hep garip bulmuştum. Halbuki bir sebebi varmış.
Austen'in çay sevdasını derinlemesine işlemiş ve sanırım tüm kitaplarından alıntılar var bu kitapta.
Döneme ait yemek ve içki tarifleri
...more
Joshua Rigsby
Apr 12, 2015 Joshua Rigsby rated it liked it
Shelves: research, non-fiction
A delightful little book. Granted, I'm probably not this author's target demographic, but I still enjoyed it. The author did well in discussing social situations where one would encounter tea in Austen's time and the particular habits of the Austen family as described in their personal correspondence.

Great for anyone with an insatiable love of the beverage. History buffs should be forewarned that it also contains recipes.

Read tea-related articles on my website: http://joshuarigsby.com
Marusya
Apr 03, 2012 Marusya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
действительно качественное оформление, белоснежная плотная бумага и качественные иллюстрации. Прекрасный подарок для любой дамы, интересующейся произведениями великой Джейн Остин и временем, описанным в них. С такой книгой приятно провести вечер, вспомнить произведения любимого автора. А для кулинаров - еще и приготовить блюда по приведенным в книге подробным рецептам.
Ceren Ünlü
Nov 09, 2016 Ceren Ünlü rated it really liked it
Okuduğum en tatlı kitaplardan biriydi herhalde
Joanna
Jun 30, 2008 Joanna rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008-read, nonfiction
A cute little book; slightly more substance than some books of this type, but mostly just a conversation piece.
Esra
May 07, 2017 Esra rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-a-copy
Kitapta verilen tarifleri denemeyi planlıyorum. Özellikle de içki tariflerini :D
Keyifliydi :)
Ömer
Nov 08, 2016 Ömer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kaitlin Traver
Feb 18, 2017 Kaitlin Traver rated it it was amazing
Fun quick read with amazing facts about the Regency era!
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Apr 24, 2011 Meredith (Austenesque Reviews) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jane-austen
(Note: This review is of the 2011 edition published by Frances Lincoln Limited, which includes forty color and forty-five black and white illustrations.)

Tea is not just a soothing, aromatic beverage – in Jane Austen's time it was a daily ritual, a social activity, an indication of status, and a literary device. Throughout Jane Austen's novels and the novels of her contemporaries there is great significance placed on the purchasing, serving, and drinking of tea - some of which might be missed by
...more
Lindsey
Aug 16, 2012 Lindsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, tea
Truly excellent. This is a great book for tea lovers, Jane Austen fans, and readers who enjoy glimpses into focused social history.

Wilson has compiled a book detailing how tea was "done" in Jane Austen's time (the late 18th and early 19th centuries). Since this predates the Victorian era, which solidified the British tea time as we know it today, the book gives an insightful glimpse into the forces that were shaping not only tea services but also British society. The author spends each chapter f
...more
QNPoohBear
Jul 13, 2013 QNPoohBear rated it it was amazing
Illustrated with period illustrations and peppered with quotes from the novels and other books of the period, this slim volume contains all you ever wanted to know about the social history of tea in Jane Austen's World. The book is broken down into times of day and explains why and how tea was taken with examples from Jane Austen's writings. There are also a few recipes for tea treats and you can even make them at home with the handily provided modern recipe. The recipes use both British and Am ...more
Kathleen
Jul 10, 2015 Kathleen rated it it was ok
This is a cute but sort of gimmicky book, though more substantive than one might expect from looking at it. Tea with Jane Austen is an overview of the tea rituals in England around the turn of the nineteenth century, from the breakfast cup to the meal called tea served at the end of the day. It's broken down into chapters describing one piece of the tea ritual, including things like tea shopping and tea's connection with health and medicine.

The gimmicky bit is how closely it's tied into Jane Au
...more
Kat
Dec 27, 2009 Kat rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: tea afficionados, Jane Austen fans
Tea With Jane Austen is a fun, light read all about tea. Kim Wilson combines historical facts about tea, knowledge of the Austen family's tea traditions, excerpts from Jane Austen's works and letters referencing tea, quotes from various poems and songs about tea, and recipes from the 18th and 19th centuries accompanied by modern translations to create a worthy tea companion book.

I learned a lot of cool things about the history of tea. For example, Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, originated
...more
Marianne
Jun 27, 2015 Marianne rated it really liked it
My daughter gave this book to me for Christmas. I confess it took me awhile to get around to reading it because the opening passages didn't "grab" me. Having said that, I picked it up just a week ago, desperately in need of some simple comfort reading and "Tea with Jane Austen" hit the spot. It's full of lovely photographs, period illustrations, lots of fun facts about Jane Austen, and nearly everything you'd want to know about taking tea in her time. It's also chock full o' quotes from Jane's l ...more
Laura
May 30, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbook, nonfiction
As the result of several of my bookclubs meeting in tea rooms recently, I have become more interested in the art of tea, especially as it used to be. 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Sense and Sensibility so it only made sense to read a book related to Jane Austen.

According to the critics, this is not the most accurate of books but it still has tea recipes past and updated for the present. The author describes teas as she believes they related to Jane Austen and her times,
...more
Ayne Ray
Jun 13, 2009 Ayne Ray rated it really liked it
I adore Jane Austen and am fascinated by the role of tea throughout time and culture. An avid tea fan, I am impressed with the quality and variety of teas currently available (black, green, white, herbal, etc.) and, having had the pleasure of partaking in various tea ceremonies in Japan and Great Britain, am intrigued by the importance of tea as a social ritual in such disparate cultures throughout the centuries. From the beautiful orchestration of the Asian tea ceremony to the delightful sandwi ...more
Allison
Feb 27, 2012 Allison rated it it was amazing
Shelves: research
Admittedly, the scope of this book was small. However, what it set out to do, it did very well. It covered all the "tea times," a short history of tea in Britain, all the references to tea in Austen's works, and quite a bit about how Jane would have taken tea, how she prepared it, where she bought her tea, etc. etc. It was interesting and engaging to read, and it had recipes for teas, other drinks, and other cakes and foodstuffs to eat with tea (from cookbooks of the Regency period). I read this ...more
Nancy Kelley
May 27, 2011 Nancy Kelley rated it it was amazing
When I received this book as a gift, I expected it to be mostly filled with recipes, alongside various Austen quotes which mention tea. It is far, far more than that.

Tea With Jane Austen is a fine piece of food history, detailing how the consumption of tea in England had evolved by the Regency era. Each point is illustrated with quotes from the Austen novels, unfinished works, and letters. The chapters conclude with historical recipes and modern adaptations of them.

Understanding food is a larg
...more
Sue Thompson
I love tea, I love Janet Austen, and I love history. I knew as soon as Goodreads recommended this to me that I'd love it. It did not disappoint.
Full of interesting facts about Austen's life and works and the regency period's love of tea. I'm no cook, and baking is not something I enjoy, but I loved the fact that there are a few recipes for regency period foods at the end of each chapter. For those who enjoy cookery I'm sure this will add to the enjoyment of the book also.
The book is full of bea
...more
Margaret
Aug 14, 2011 Margaret added it
Shelves: 2007
I found this to be a charming and informative book! I learned a lot about tea during Jane Austen's time in a lovely narrative-type style, not just dry, historical facts. I did not realize that the quality of tea was (or could be) so bad during those times and that tea often tasted like oilskin and/or horse sweat! Yuck! One thing I wanted to learn but didn't is why they referred to it as a "dish of tea" instead of a cup (or British cuppa)?

I liked the quotes from Jane's books and letters thrown in
...more
Hannah
Apr 04, 2014 Hannah rated it really liked it
A delightful peek into Jane Austen's life and opinions of tea. The book is filled with excerpts from her novels and period documents of the time as they related to tea. I recommend this book to any tea-enthusiast who reads Austen. Or perhaps simply anyone who reads Austen, because after reading this book it is likely they will want to drink more tea.

The book has recipes of the time for cakes, biscuits, and drinks. HOWEVER, I would not classify this book as a recipe book or cook book. It is, rath
...more
Selah (abibliophilesstyle)
Dec 14, 2016 Selah (abibliophilesstyle) rated it really liked it
I find history fascinating, so I loved the various glimpses into the Regency era.
Bethany
Mar 05, 2015 Bethany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, classics
This book is fascinating! Information on the period, plus Jane Austen's letters, contribute to a wider understanding of how tea was part of her culture. It lends some insight into the already strong character scenes in her novels.

I was particularly thrilled to learn about counterfeit tea that arose from taxes on tea, and how navy members took their own tea on board--and had a goat for milk! The book is laid out beautifully with callouts and line drawings that offer further tidbits. It's a smooth
...more
Kathy McC
Jul 08, 2016 Kathy McC rated it liked it
Pleasant read for a stormy summer afternoon. It provides social history information about the importance of tea to life in England during the time of Jane Austen. Incorporates factual information as well as excerpts from Austen novels. Recipes were also included.

"At the center of almost every social situation in her novels one finds tea."

"In each novel, tea is used by the author as a sign of character: to know and approve of tea aligns one with civilization, and by implication with the good a
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Jane Austen Cookbook
  • Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen
  • Jane Austen's World: The Life and Times of England's Most Popular Author
  • Jane Austen: The World of Her Novels
  • Jane Austen's Guide to Good Manners: Compliments, Charades & Horrible Blunders
  • Jane Austen: A Life
  • Jane Austen For Dummies
  • Why Jane Austen?
  • The World of Jane Austen
  • Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World
  • 101 Things You Didn't Know About Jane Austen: The Truth about the World's Most Intriguing Romantic Literary Heroine
  • The Friendly Jane Austen: A Well-Mannered Introduction to a Lady of Sense and Sensibility
  • Jane Austen: An Illustrated Treasury
  • A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen
  • Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Jane Austen
  • The Jane Austen Handbook: A Sensible Yet Elegant Guide to Her World
  • The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen
  • Searching for Jane Austen
Kim Wilson is a writer, speaker, editor, tea lover, culinary historian, gardening enthusiast, and a life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. She is the award-winning author of At Home with Jane Austen, Tea with Jane Austen, and In the Garden with Jane Austen.

A popular speaker, Kim travels regularly throughout the country giving entertaining and inspiring lectures to audiences at co
...more
More about Kim Wilson...

Share This Book