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For the coffee table not the tea table?,
This review is from: TeaTime. A Taste of London's Best Afternoon Teas (Hardcover)
A walloping great lump of a book, packed with lush photographs. It is a gathering of places in London to indulge yourself in a proper afternoon tea, from the Daylesford organic cafe to the Savoy. But what is it for? There are atmospheric shots of the insides of a large number of luxurious tea rooms, and a bit of text describing them. Then for each venue there is a recipe. However, the recipes are given in a very brief - nay, sketchy - form. On the page facing the recipe, where you'd expect to find a photo of said teatime delicacy (posed, of course, in its natural habitat of the aforementioned tea-supping venue) there is another, but unrelated atmospheric shot in which, though I looked and looked, the subject of the recipe just did not feature.
I do not think the author can have seriously expected any reader to follow these recipes. They are there to whet the palette for a trip to their home cafe. So this book is, basically, a glorified directory of London cafes. As such its usefulness is strictly limited to those who have time and money on their hands. For the rest of us, it's a case of "dream on, mate". Save your money and spend it on French macaroons and Lapsang Souchong in Waitrose? If it's recipes and inspiration you want, go for Tea at Fortnum & Mason