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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A Tea-Lover's Delight!

Tea with A Twist: Entertaining and Cooking with Tea
By Lisa Boalt Richardson and Lauren Rubinstein
Harvest House Books;

I love tea, and when I read that, next to water, tea is one of the most consumed beverages in the world, I could relate to that statement. Iced tea, fruit tea, hot tea, even chocolate tea – I love them all.

So I was intrigued by Lisa Boalt Richardson’s new book, “Tea With A Twist: Entertaining and Cooking with Tea.” I knew Richardson was a recognized tea expert, having read about her in “Tea Time” magazine (yes, there is a magazine just for tea lovers!), and I was curious to see what “twist” she had come up with for using tea.

This book was not disappointing. Richardson has taken 8 different “tea party” ideas and has paired them with instructions on what type of tea to serve, what foods can be made using tea as one of the ingredients, and even what type of decorations can be used to spice up the unique ideas she presents. And what cute ideas they are!

From the “Flower Power Tea Party” where fresh flowers and blooming flower tea are the highlights, to the “Southern Tailgate Tea Party” with its tea-infused barbeque sauce and pecan brittle, Richardson supplies recipes and instructions that make each party idea a snap to prepare. One of my favorite party ideas in the book is the “Bubble Tea Party” where the Asian-inspired “bubble tea” is the main attractions, and the food dishes are “bubble-shaped” right down to the melon ball salad.

And if Richardson’s ideas and recipes aren’t enough to make “Tea With A Twist” a wonderful book, Lauren Rubinstein’s photography puts it over the top. The food photography is so luscious; you could almost reach in and grab a bite from the photo.

There are great ideas in this book for bridal showers, casual family gatherings, and even a formal high tea – a little something for everyone. And the recipe instructions are easy to follow, so anyone from a new cook to an experienced one will find it easy to recreate the wonderful dishes Richardson suggests.

If tea is your thing, you definitely need to have “Tea With A Twist” in your cookbook library.
(just a note, these are not photos from the book.)

1 comment:

Sheila (bookjourney) said...

I love tea too and the book is lovely! This is a fun review!