Tea Times: A World Tour

Teatime means much more than elegant afternoon teas, hearty high teas and delicious cream teas. This book takes us to tea gardens, tea dances, and tearooms. The reader is invited to spend time in the sophisticated salons de the of Paris and the homely tearooms of the United States, and to enjoy the teatime traditions of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, where housewives prided themselves on their `well-filled tins'. The tea parties of the Raj and Irani cafes in India, teatimes along the Silk Road where the samovar and chaikhana reign supreme, the tasty dim sum of China and the intricate tradition of cha kaiseki of Japan are all included in this sumptuous book. Beautifully illustrated throughout as well as teatime recipes from around the world, Teatimes shows how tea drinking has become a global obsession, from American iced tea and Taiwanese bubble tea through to the now-classic English afternoon tea.

Food historian Laura Mason summed it up: ‘Elegantly written, this book provides a sparkling and affectionate evocation of tea, its social nuances and mouth- watering accompaniments in all their manifold glory. A book for anyone who loves a good cuppa.’

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