Teatimes

A World Tour

Helen Saberi

Teatimes

Helen Saberi

Distributed for Reaktion Books

256 pages | 130 color plates, 40 halftones | 7 1/2 x 9 3/4 | © 2018
Cloth $40.00 ISBN: 9781780239286 Published July 2018 For sale in North and South America only
In Teatimes, food historian Helen Saberi takes us on a stimulating journey beyond the fine porcelain, doilies, crumpets, and jam into the fascinating and diverse history of tea drinking. From elegant afternoon teas, hearty high teas, and cricket and tennis teas, to funeral teas, cream teas, and many more, Saberi investigates the whole panoply of teatime rituals and ephemera—including tea gardens, tea dances, tea gowns, and tearooms. We are invited to spend time in the sophisticated salons de thé of Paris and the cozy tearooms of the United States; to enjoy the teatime traditions of Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, where housewives prided themselves on their “well-filled tins”; to sit in on the tea parties of the Raj and Irani cafes in India; to savor teatimes along the Silk Road, where the samovar and chaikhana reign supreme; and to delight in the tasty dim sum of China and the intricate tradition of cha kaiseki in Japan. Steeped in evocative illustrations and recipes from around the world, Teatimes shows how tea drinking has become a global obsession, from American iced tea and Taiwanese bubble tea to the now-classic English afternoon tea. Pinkies up!
Review Quotes
Bee Wilson | @KitchenBee
“Sweet—and beautifully illustrated.”
Oldie
“China or Indian? Black or green? Oolong or lapsang? Milk in first or last—or avoid controversy with a slice of lemon? These and all other questions relating to the dried leaves of Camellia sinensis, raw material of the world’s most venerable refreshment, are addressed in appropriate elegance by culinary historian Saberi in Teatimes. Scholarly text, gorgeous illustrations, high production values, and a handful of classic recipes make this is a proper teatime treat.”
Laura Mason, food historian
"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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