- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (1 Aug. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 184533647X
- ISBN-13: 978-1845336479
- Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2.8 x 25.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Vintage Tea Party Book Hardcover – 1 Aug 2011
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"Elegant images and illustrations adorn the pages of Angel Adoree's delightful book, which is brimming with style and recipe ideas" --The Times
"With tips on invitations, decorating your home and pages of simple by stylish recipes, it promises everything you need to know to throw your own vintage tea party." --Sunday Times Style Magazine
"Quirky and, of course, beautifully presented this recipe book is definitely one for the worktop" --The Sun
"A must for any hostess wishing to put on the mostest" --Time Out
"The recipes are exquisite"
The growing tea party trend meets the Vintage culture in a perfect combination of recipes and lifestyle tips. Angel Adoree's fame from Dragon's Den has continued through to her ever-popular tea party events, serving a huge demand for hen parties and birthdays to corporate clients such as Paul Smith, Oasis and Agent Provocateur. She will be opening a London shop later in the year.See all Product description
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The book is split into 4 sections, 3 of which include the recipes for tea parties at brunch-time, in the afternoon and in the evening and the final section is on vintage style. This book is so much more than cucumber sandwiches and scones (although they do appear in their own special way), it allowed me to dust off my 'coddlers' and make coddled eggs with different fillings. I made smoked salmon soufflés in tea cups which, contrary to popular belief were very easy to make and came out perfectly.
Of the cakes, I tried Apple Crumble Cake which was deliciously surprising when you hit the crumble and the Bittersweet Chocolate Pear Cake was a delightfully oozy warm pudding cake - and then the next day, both were a welcome picnic treat. So far so good - everything I've tried has been easy to make and has hit the spot. I'm even munching away at the Chocolate and Coconut Granola as I write.. So the book has encouraged me to keep trying new recipes.
And of the earmarked pages for this week's tea party, I'm going to try the Plum and Honey Tea Bread, Spinach and Parmesan Mini Muffins, Pork and Lemon Quail Scotch Eggs, Venison Pie and Gingerbread Pudding with Eggnog Cream... all washed down with some Wild Hibiscus Champagne. Want to come?
'Welcome to the Vintage Tea Party Book. You are about to embark on an imaginative journey to create your perfect tea party.
The pages ahead of you capture my passion and fantasy for all things vintage and I feel incredibly blessed that I've been given the opportunity to share this with you......'
The Vintage Tea Party Book: a complete guide to hosting your perfect tea party to give this unique book its full title, has a cameo effect front cover, and the little picture of the red-haired lady in the LBD had that familiar look about it. The more I looked, the more I thought I've definitely seen her somewhere before......
I was even more intrigued to open the cover and ah......of course, all is revealed ~ the TV programme ~ 'Dragon's Den', as I recalled:
'Angel Adoree & the Vintage Patisserie', with that successful, eye-catching pitch!
The cover opens to 305 matt pages, split over simply titled main sections:
1. Brunch (pg 22-103)
2. Afternoon (pg 104-189)
3. Evening (pg 190-263)
4. Style (pg 264-297)
sandwiched between a 14-page introduction which includes sections entitled:
♦ Past, Present and Future
♦ The Invitation
♦ Sourcing Props
♦ Kitchen Atmosphere
winding up with that quintessential must-have, with diagrams:
♦ Tying the Perfect Headscarf
and a 4-page index. 2 pages of acknowledgments complete the book...oh...and there is an airforce-blue coloured fabric ribbon to keep your place!Read more ›
But what about the actual recipes? Well, many of the savoury ones really are vintage. They are reminiscent of some of the strange things featured in 1950s editions of Good Housekeeping Cookbooks, so might introduce some odd tastes to a modern palette and frighten off a fussy eater. However, there's nothing which will hold back a determined chef or an open-minded gourmand. As for the sweet recipes, there are many delicious and extremely easy things to make. I particularly like the lemon scone recipe - which essentially requires only cream, flour and lemonade - and the apple crumble cake.
All in all a beautiful book to be in possession of so it would be a good gift and many of the recipes are simple and yummy. Why not try using it to throw your own vintage tea party like I did? It was so fun and so easy but wouldn't have been quite as much of either without this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful book with lovely pictures. Rather expensive as brand new . After I had brought it, I saw that I could have got it cheaper as a used book instead which would have saved... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Beckboo
I bought this book for my daughters-in-law.
She was thrilled with the beautiful pages of recipes, ideas, and overall designs.
This is a wonderful picture book for browsing as well as a template for delicious, easy to follow recipes with an imaginative twist. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Liz T
Great book.Have bought a China tea set to go with.Published 13 months ago by anne christine hawthorn
This was purchased as a present so I do not have any feedbackPublished 15 months ago by Wiliam Robert Carey