A Literary Tea: Party Blends and Treats for Alice, Bilbo, Dorothy, Jo, and Book Lovers Everywhere by Alison Walsh is a collection of literary-inspired recipes of savories, breads, and desserts, which are inspired by familiar children’s classics. Enjoy a Beorn’s Honey Nut Banana Bread (The Hobbit) or delight your palate with Jo’s Gingerbread (Little Women), or Candied Flower Cookies (inspired by The Secret Garden).
The food recipes are fairly clear, and range from simple to more complex. While most can be made with commonly-available ingredients, pans, and utensils, a few require more obscure tools, such as a mandoline, or ingredients you will only find in an upscale or gourmet grocery store. Cooks who prefer metric measures can relax; there are two handy conversion tables at the end, one for quantities and the other for oven temperatures.
This was a wonderful read and I can’t wait to try some of these classic literature recipes. I recommend A Literary Tea Party for anyone looking to throw a literary party, or just curl up with a cup of tea, a good book, and the perfectly-paired snack.
I give this book 5/5 stars.
Thank you to NetGalley, and Skyhorse Publishing for the Advanced Readers Copy of A Literary Tea Party.