Tea with Betty by Linda Thomas Jones
Tea With Betty: A Tea Manual is both a substantive guide and a personal exploration into tea in America, accompanied by color photos of every recipe. This book collects seventeen menus of foods paired with teas, along with seventy-six tested recipes and a tea guide that moves tea time into a meal and gives it a starring role, while taking the mystery out of how to make a good cup of tea.
As an outgrowth of the author’s lifelong obsession into finding a great cup of tea, Tea With Betty: A Tea Manual is simple, straightforward, and educational. It demonstrates a variety of both traditional and innovative ways to create a tea time worthy of becoming an exciting, integral part of America’s daily experience. With a focus on how to build flavor, texture, and variety into a menu that pairs foods with tea, this book also shows how tea time naturally fosters an environment conducive to conversation and sharing.
The menu planning offers an expansive variety to choose from, with recipes ranging from the traditional to the contemporary. All have been well tested by novice and professional cooks. And if you’re not sure of the difference between an oolong and a Puerh, the tea guide provides practical information on types of teas, brewing methods, and the importance of quality ingredients, starting with the water you use.
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The Menu and “Tips” section includes easy, delicious, tea time menus, as well as, beautiful, event-oriented menus. A few are: the Italian tea, the French tea, the traditional British tea, the Brunch tea, the Tea Luncheon, a Kid’s Tea, a Cold Winter’s Day tea, a Warm Summer’s Day tea and a Bridal Shower Tea and more.
The Food Section includes 76 recipes broken into three sections: Savory foods, all which can be used as appetizers for cocktail or dinner parties; Quick Breads (scones and Irish soda bread); and Sweets, desserts prepared in petite form, good for teas, dinner parties, anytime. The recipes emphasize the use of quality ingredients and whole foods and reflect reduced amounts of sodium and sugar as compared to traditional cookbook recipes.
The Tea Section includes over 25 pages of information, distilled from years of research, to inform about Pure Teas, Major types of tea, Tea vocabulary, How to make a good cup of tea, Tea accessories, About the water, Food and Tea Pairings, Pictures throughout depicting accessories and tea.
The book is 214 pages and includes a glossary of terms, index and sources guide for purchasing quality teas. There are over 220 color photos throughout and it is printed on quality paper with a perfect bound, laminated soft cover.
Each book is signed by the author. You may request a personal dedication with your order.
Tea With Betty is an elegant addition to any foodie’s cookbook library, as well as, a beautiful gift book.