The History of Tea And Tea Times: As Seen In Books

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Clair Hopley explores the history of tea as recorded in the books of the day, showing how tea-times range from the romantic teas in Jane Austen's and D.H. Lawrence's novels, to gossipy get togethers in Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford, and important grown-up occasions for fictional children such as Jane Eyre, Harry Potter and Anne of Green Gables.

Claire has meticulously researched the role of tea and tea-time in literature to bring greater insight into the characters and plots of ...

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Overview

Clair Hopley explores the history of tea as recorded in the books of the day, showing how tea-times range from the romantic teas in Jane Austen's and D.H. Lawrence's novels, to gossipy get togethers in Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford, and important grown-up occasions for fictional children such as Jane Eyre, Harry Potter and Anne of Green Gables.

Claire has meticulously researched the role of tea and tea-time in literature to bring greater insight into the characters and plots of classic books and the importance of tea to the society of the day. She also reveals tea traditions from around the world, including the discovery of tea in China and the Japanese legend of Daruma. The role of the tea-trading East India Company is explored along with the significance of tea in parties, both real and fictional, from the historical Boston Tea Party to the Mad Hatter's Tea Party in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.

There are 35 mouth-watering recipes based on scenes in some of your favourite books, including elegant cucumber sandwiches in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, walnut cake in Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited-and who could resist Mary Poppins' raspberry jam cakes?

Did you know?

In 2737 BC, the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung discovered the refreshing brew after tea leaves blew into his hot water

Jane Austen revealed in Northanger Abbey that tea was a time for people to show off their possessions, including 'the elegance of the breakfast set'

Serving tea was often used as a prelude to romance in books and Margaret Hale captivated John Thornton when she poured tea for him in North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

The Duke of Wellington took his Wedgwood teapotonto the battlefield with him

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  • ISBN-13: 9781844680306
  • Publisher: Remember When
  • Publication date: 10/19/2009
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Acknowledgments 7

Chapter 1 The Origins and Sources of Tea: China, Japan and India 9

Chapter 2 Tea in Britain 27

Chapter 3 Afternoon and Other Tea-times 56

Chapter 4 Love and Marriage at the Tea Table 78

Chapter 5 Childern at Tea 90

Chapter 6 Tea Rooms 104

Chapter 7 Tea and How to Make It 118

Chapter 8 Tea and Tea-time Recipes 131

Glossary of Food Terms 164

Select List of Tea Rooms 165

Select Bibliography 180

Index 182

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