Books on Afternoon Tea, Tea Parties, Specialty Foods, DIY Food and Favor Gifts

Books included are new and old, in no particular order. New books added weekly and will appear at the top of the compilation.

Afternoon Tea, by Lorna Reeves and Tea Time magazine

Afternoon Tea, by Tea Time magazine
This is a slim book, but packed full of recipes that are out of the ordinary. After reading a number of books on Afternoon Tea, I’ve found quite a few recipe similarities in them – the classics and so on. This book goes beyond those, and I especially appreciate the number of savory additions.

With complete Afternoon Tea menu suggestions (and recipes) it’s a wonderful source to have on hand when tea party planning.

From dainty individual quiche bites, to wheat cups with chicken salad, to charming buttercream ruffle cakes – this book is a keeper.
Very much recommended.

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The Afternoon Tea Collection , by Pamela Clark

The Afternoon Tea Collection, by Pamela Clark
This is a wonderful cookbook full of ideas and bite-sized tea delicacy recipes. I especially like the section on finger sandwiches. I don’t think the author is from the US, perhaps Australia, as there’s quite a few recipes for Friands, which are like little muffins. Very common down under, but almost never seen in the States.
At any rate, this book is highly recommended. Beautiful photos for inspiration.

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London’s Afternoon Teas, by Susan Cohen

London’s Afternoon Teas, by Susan Cohen
This is a great resource if you’re heading across the pond anytime soon. This book is a few years old, but most of the places are still in business serving Afternoon Tea. I used this before we went to Great Britain and found the Milestone Hotel from it, and was so glad I did.
A nice, comprehensive collection of some of the best places to sip and nibble.

NOTE: This book has now been updated with a new edition.

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Afternoon Tea Parties, by Susannah Blake

Afternoon Tea Parties, by Susannah Blake
This book and the one following are both by Susannah Blake. This one deals with party ideas and has ideas ranging from a Floral Garden Tea to a Russian Tea Ceremony to a Gentleman’s Tea. Each featured party includes a menu and the recipes.

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Afternoon Tea, by Susannah Blake

Afternoon Tea, by Susannah Blake
Whereas the previous book by Susannah Blake was filled with tea party ideas, this one is a larger collection of just recipes that relate to Afternoon Tea. A good resource to have on hand for your planning. Baby Chelsea Buns, Baby Brioche Buns and Mini Napoleon are just some of the delights.

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Tea at Fortnum & Mason

Tea at Fortnum & Mason, compiled by Emma Marsden
This book is just as it sounds, with all the classics and a little history of the company as the introduction.
If you’re thinking of putting on a real ‘English’ tea, this book is perfect. As it is English, the measurements are in grams and so on (which is no problem if you use a scale).
Lovely photographs.

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Taking Tea, by Andrea Israel and Pamela Mitchell

Taking Tea, by Andrea Israel and Pamela Mitchell
As you might guess from the cover, this book came out in the late 1980s – it has that Laura Ashley, Victoria magazine look about it.
It’s quite an interesting book with sections on the teas themselves, tea traditions around the world, customs, teapots and infusers, and recipes woven throughout.
This is more a book on tea vs. Afternoon Tea, but it does include it and it’s very educational and enjoyable.

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The Vintage Tea Party, by Angel Adoree

The Vintage Tea Party, by Angel Adoree
The tagline of this book is, The complete guide to hosting your perfect tea party.
This book will appeal to a certain kind of person – one who loves vintage, and appreciates a little quirkiness.
The Vintage Tea Party is packed with recipes, but that’s not all…

There is a section on Male Grooming, Women’s Vintage Hair and Make-Up, How to Apply False Eyelashes etc. Everything to get you ready for your vintage tea party.

This is the book for you if you are throwing a period tea party, and that period and place is around 1940s London.

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Alice’s Tea Cup, by Haley Fox and Lauren Fox

Alice’s Tea Cup, by Haley Fox & Lauren Fox
This is the cookbook companion to the whimsical restaurant of the same name in NYC. There’s sweet and savory recipes of some of the items you can find in their shop. I think this would be a great book to cook from if you have a daughter who’s just getting interested in baking.

The recipes and photos are lighthearted; if you’re planning an Alice in Wonderland Tea or birthday party, you may want to take a browse.

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Tea with Jane Austen, by Kim Wilson

Tea with Jane Austen, by Kim Wilson
This book takes you back to the Austen era acquainting the reader with the customs of the time, along with recipes – not just for tea. It’s an interesting read that explains the day to day activities of the Austens and the people who moved within their circle and society. From shopping to celebrations, this book covers it all.

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Sweet Paris, by Michael Paul

Sweet Paris, by Michael Paul
This is not a book about Afternoon Tea, or tea at all. It is a book filled with ideas and recipes that you will want to make. Beautiful ideas for your cake stand abound, and the photographs are gorgeous…I mean, look at the cover.
Use this book to plan your Parisian Afternoon Tea.

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The Preservatory, by Lee Murphy

The Preservatory, by Lee Murphy
This book, while not about Afternoon Tea, is filled with recipes on fancy jam-making. As for myself, I’m working on creating a specialty jam, so I love it. I also much enjoyed the introductory text where she admits to not knowing what or who Harrod’s was before she began making preserves. Now she flies to London to discuss business details, as she is one of their vendors. If you’ve been to Harrod’s you know they’re famous for their specialty food market. What a coup to be included!

That aside, jam and Afternoon tea go hand-in-hand; if you would like to make your own signature style or flavor, this book will help you do it. Impress your friends at your next tea party.

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Food Gift Love, by Maggie Battista

Food Gift Love, by Maggie Battista
A perfect book if you’re looking for DIY food gift ideas. Whether you’re planning a Bridal Tea or looking for items to fill a gift basket, this book is terrific. There are lots of tips on bottling, labeling, gift-wrapping and so on too.
Most of the items in this book could be ‘miniaturized’ to use at a tea party. Have fun. A classy DIY book:)

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Edible DIY, by Lucy Baker

Edible DIY, by Lucy Baker
This is another DIY food gifts book, also very good. This one is pretty extensive, and I would recommend for use especially around the holidays. Although also great for wedding favor or party ideas.

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A Social History of Tea, by Jane Pettigrew & Bruce Richardson

A Social History of Tea, by Jane Pettigrew & Bruce Richardson
Just like the title says, a history of tea in social settings. You might not think you’re that interested in tea, but this book will prove otherwise.

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