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Loaves and Hyacinths based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I have an extensive cookbook collection and part of the collection is devoted to tea time. I also am a well-travelled Anglophile so I thought this would be just the thing to add to my library. I was also looking for a gift for a friend visiting London/UK for the first time. Am I glad I read the little book first! It is beautifully bound with high quality paper and print. The illustrations are lovely. I had never heard of the publishing house so I did not know what to expect as to the text. The author is a professor of literature according to the jacket biography but you could never tell it by her text! The sloppiness of the editing is apparent, the style of writing very off-putting as though I had entered into a private conversation. Very un-interesting comments make slogging through the travel notes almost not worth the effort. The 'loaves and hyacinths' theme is over-used and labored. If only the text was of the quality of the illustration this would be an excellent guide to tearooms of London and East Anglia, but alas, it is most certainly NOT!I purchased for my friend a journal instead for her own notes would be much more worth the reading.
This is a physically beautiful book - a lovely size and the illustrations are beautiful. Unfortunately, as I read it, I began to wonder if it had been published by a vanity press because I felt that it could not possibly have been produced by a professional organization with editors, etc. First of all, the text is riddled with typos - not just misused words but real typos. Secondly, the author's presentation of her theme (the practical, everyday basics juxtaposed with the instances of real beauty) has all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. With each different tearoom, she thinks it is necessary to point out which aspects of the place are the loaves of her title and which the hyacinths. It becomes a trite, boring formula. This book was given to me as a gift and I was so looking forward to sitting down with it for a nice, cozy read. That is why I reacted so strongly. My disappointment in proportion to my anticipation. But, as I said, the illustrations are gorgeous and the travel information is decent. The author provides enough description to give you some idea as to whether you would want to visit the place yourself and she tells you where each tearoom is so that you can find it.