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The London Ritz Book of Afternoon Tea

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Afternoon tea is the english meal-time institution, a social as well as a culinary event.

It is precisely this atmosphere which is embodied in the Palm Court Tearoom at the Ritz in London, which for many years has been one of the most delightful and traditional places to take tea.

The London Ritz Book of Afternoon Tea captures the essence of this traditional British occasion
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Hardcover, 64 pages
Published October 25th 1986 by Arbor House (first published January 1st 1986)
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Terri
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
A nice little book celebrating tea and its history. The Palm Court Tearoom at the Ritz is one of the most famous places to do so. It features a history of tea and calls it "The Democratic Herb" as it is enjoyed by all classes and most cultures. It features differences between Winter Teas, High Tea, Afternoon Tea, Pre-Theatre Tea, Nursery Teas and Summer Teas. It offers many recipes in both metric and Cup measures. Recipes include traditional savories and sweets and show how they have been update ...more
Katelyn
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a downright pleasure to read. In a word, it's charming.
Theresa Stevens
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: have-read
This little treasure enlightens the reader about the art of taking tea, especially at the 'Ritz' - the last delicious morsel of Edwardian London!
This type of outing allowed a lady to dine alone (or in company) without the riggers of a chaperone - to partake of tea, delicate sandwiches and tempting little cakes and pastries.
The book describes the handed-down precision of decking out a sumptuous table for the most discerning food critic.
And for the Ritz, it is a practice that has been demonstrated
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Sarah
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks, tea
I read this book when I stayed with my friends Peter and Michael for the Canada Day weekend. They bought the book when they were stating at the Ritz. I brought it home with me to copy and try some of the recipes. (Will return the book soon, I promise.)

This is more than a cookbook. It opens with a description of tea at the Ritz and then goes on to a history of tea and then specifically the English institution of afternoon tea. There are a lot of recipes I want to try, both savoury and sweet. Just
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Maria
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
C. S. Lewis once wrote that “you can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” I agree with him, adding that one cannot get enough of London either. You know where this is going, yes? I was given a book about how tea became a tradition in England. A rather perfect gift, wouldn’t you say?

In The Ritz London Book of Afternoon Tea: The Art & Pleasures of Taking Tea one is taught how tea first arrived in Europe, and how it then found its way to the UK (by the hands of
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Debbie
I received this for Christmas because I am becoming something of a tea enthusiast. It was a delightful little book to read around the house and on the plane on the way home. Ms. Helen Simpson's writing style is humorous and familiar. It made me want to have tea with her at the Ritz! While the book is focused on the London Ritz, I found it enjoyable and useful having never visited there. The Ritz's traditions are mentioned a few times, but not overwhelmingly. The book briefly and entertainingly t ...more
Kate
Oct 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
"Afternoon tea is the English meal-time institution, a social as well as a culinary event. It is precisely this atmosphere which is embodied in the Palm Court Tearoom at the Ritz in London, which for many years has been one of the most delightful and traditional places to take tea.

"The London Ritz Book of Afternoon Tea captures the essence of this traditional British occasion and provides the reader with all the Ritz expertize in the ceremony as well as over 50 recipes, illustrated with passages
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Susan
Jul 10, 2013 rated it liked it
A quick read at just 64 pages, and most of the text consists of recipes. There also are many facts and quotes about the history of tea, tea foods and tea rituals, though, so it's highly informative to the novice tea aficionado. For example, the author points out that "high tea" isn't the dainty affair that one typically thinks of when thinking of tea. Rather, the "pinkies up" event is afternoon tea, while high tea is a hearty affair more suited to a farm table.
Jenny
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This charming book was half cookbook, half history book, focusing on the history of teatime in England. I found the history fascinating, and the recipes made me hungry. My only problem involved some ingredients: occasionally substitutes were recommended while other times not. I wish there had been consistency. Otherwise a sweet, quick read.
Priscilla
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightful. Read many tea books but this one had new information. Loved the literary quotes and excerpts from historical cook and etiquette books. Especially enjoyed the chapter on sponge cakes and the need not to depress them while baking.
Sam
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, shorts, home
This is a great little read that covers every aspect of tea from its origins to how it arrived in Britain and how it changed societal traditions and crossed the classes. Complete with recipes appropriate to every tea gathering occasion this a great little book that any tea-lover will enjoy.
Lauren
Good and enjoyable book for those who like teas.
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Larissa
Sep 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting was the only thing I mentioned in my notebook...guess it was...interesting!
Danielle
May 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking
Cute! Full of helpful tips and recipes for creating a lovely tea spread. Not as much historic evidence as I would have liked, but it was still a very pleasurable and helpful little read.
Kitty
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Excellent book on tea.
Isilme
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully illustrated, filled with interesting tidbits of history and mouth watering recipes. It made me want to fire up the oven and start baking!
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Helen Simpson is an English novelist and short story writer. She was born in 1959 in Bristol, in the West of England, and went to a girls' school. She worked at Vogue for five years before her success in writing short stories meant she could afford to leave and concentrate full-time on her writing. Her first collection, Four Bare Legs in a Bed and Other Stories, won the Sunday Times Young Writer o ...more
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“Tea at the Ritz is the last delicious morsel of Edwardian London. The light is kind, the cakes are frivolous and the tempo is calm, confident and leisurely.” 14 likes
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