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Initial Thoughts: Do you like to read? Do you like to cook or drink tea? If you answered “yes,” to both of these questions, A Literary Tea Party: Blends and Treats for Alice, Bilbo, Dorothy, Jo, and Book Lovers Everywhere by: Alison Walsh  is perfect for you! I love to bake (especially cookies), I love to drink tea (ginger-peach is my favorite), and I love to read, so I was very excited to read this book and take in all of the recipes in this book.A Literary Afternoon Tea: 55 Recipes for Savory Nibbles, Bite-Sized Sweets, and Custom Teas for Book LoversA Literary Tea Party: Blends and Treats for Alice, Bilbo, Dorothy, Jo, and Book Lovers Everywhere by Alison Walsh

Description

A Literary-Inspired Cookbook for Voracious Readers at Teatime Tea and books: the perfect pairing. There’s nothing quite like sitting down to a good book on a lovely afternoon with a steaming cup of tea beside you, as you fall down the rabbit hole into the imaginative worlds of Alice in Wonderland, The Hobbit, and Sherlock Holmes . . .

Fire up your literary fancies and nibble your way through delicate sweets and savories with A Literary Afternoon Tea, which brings food from classic books to life with a teatime twist. Featuring fifty-five perfectly portioned recipes for an afternoon getaway, including custom homemade tea blends and beverages, you will have everything you need to plan an elaborate tea party. Cook up and enjoy:

Turkish Delight while sipping on the White Witch’s Hot Chocolate from The Chronicles of Narnia

Drink Me Tea with the Queen of Hearts’s Painted Rose Cupcakes from Alice in Wonderland
Eeyore’s “Hipy Bthuthday” Cake with Hundred Acre Hot Chocolate from Winnie the Pooh
Hannah’s Sweet Potato Bacon Pastries and Jo’s Gingerbread from Little Women
Tom Sawyer’s Whitewashed Jelly Doughnuts from Tom Sawyer
And more! Accompanied with photographs and book quotes, these recipes, inspired by the great works of literature, will complement any good book for teatime reading and eating. ” – Goodreads

The Review

I can’t believe I have never come across a cookbook like this sooner! A Literary Tea Party has over 50 recipes, from finger food, to sweets, to teas with literary references. Each recipe is inspired by a beloved classic novel, perfectly blended with a citation or passage from the novel. Some of the classic novels include:

  • The Chronicles of Narnia by: C.S. Lewis
  • Alice in Wonderland by: Lewis Carroll
  • James and the Giant Peach by: Roald Dahl
  • The Phantom of the Opera by: Gaston Leroux
  • Sherlock Holmes by: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Anne of Green Gables by: Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • The Borrowers by: Mary Norton
  • The Hobbit by: J. R. R. Tolkien

A Literary Tea Party is a great cookbook for party planning. There is a section of “themed party ideas” grouping complementary recipes together. The best part is, most of these recipes are relatively easy to make for someone with little cooking experience. Out of all the recipes in this book, my favorite has to be “apple life bites” inspired from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew by: C.S. Lewis. “Apple of life bites” is a savory dish: a blend of granny smith apples, crème de brie, bacon, and pecans. Doesn’t that make your mouth water? I still haven’t attempted to make this dish, but I am sure that it will be delicious

Each recipe is accompanied by a suggested tea blend to complement the recipe. Near the end of the book, there are recipes for different blends of tea also inspired by beloved novels. Even if you are not a tea drinker, there are recipes for other delectable drinks such as “autumn harvest cider,” “hundred acre hot chocolate,” “London fog lattes,” and “raspberry cordial” (from Anne of Green Gables, of course!).

I was also giddy with excitement to find a recipe for “Turkish Delight” from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. When Edmund Pevensie  follows his sister, Lucy through the wardrobe and into the land of Narnia for the first time, he encounters the White Witch. The White Witch tells Edmund that he could wish for anything he would like to eat. Edmund asks for Turkish delight. Like many who read the Narnia books as children, or seen the movies, I was fascinated with Turkish delight. What was it? Was it really that delicious? I have yet to find out, but I would love to try the recipe out one day. Out of all the recipes in A Literary Tea Party, this one is a bit challenging, but I am certainly up for the challenge. 

Alison Walsh, the author of A Literary Tea Party, currently runs a blog called “Alison’s Wonderland Recipes – Recipes Inspired by Classic literature.” Since reading her cookbook, I became a huge fan of her blog. Her recipes are so diverse and so creative, and best of all, they are inspired by classic literature. You can visit her blog at wonderlandrecipes.com

I would recommend this cookbook for fans of literature, tea, and creative finger foods. 

*I received an advanced copy of A Literary Tea Party: Blends and Treats for Alice, Bilbo, Dorothy, Jo, and Book Lovers Everywhere by: Alison Walsh via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*

A Literary Tea Party will be released on June 5, 2018. 

Final Rating: 

A Excellent

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About the Book 

Title: A Literary Tea Party: Blends and Treats for Alice, Bilbo, Dorothy, Jo, and Book Lovers Everywhere
Author: Alison Walsh
Year Published: June 5, 2018
Genres & Subjects: non fiction, cookbook, teas, finger foods, bread, sweets, savory, drinks, themed cooking

Where to Buy…

(Available for Pre-Order now)

Amazon (Canada)

Amazon (United States)

Indigo

Barnes & Noble

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Until Next Time, 

-Alice

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