I love cookery books and have a vast collection of them. So many in fact that they’ve spilled out of my kitchen bookshelf onto windowsills and work-surfaces.
This book however will probably be taking pride of place…
The Vintage Tea Party Book is an absolute delight. It’s an unusual mixture of recipes, advice and inspiration and gives you the confidence to throw your own vintage-themed tea / breakfast/ lunch or dinner party.
The fabulous Angel Adoree takes you by the hand and leads you through a nostalgic vintage world, where you can make your own decorations (beautiful butterflies, flags, fascinators), a series of cute retro aprons and of course some deliciously tempting recipes.
The recipes themselves range from the whimsical and fun (Lollipop and Jam sandwiches and cream cheese and cucumber hearts) to the more sophisticated (Rose Pannacotta and Lemon Scones with Lavender Cream and Saffron G&T Shots), and it all looks delicous.
I plan to make pretty much everything in this wonderful book and envisage throwing many vintage tea parties in the process!
The Vintage Tea Party Book: A Complete Guide to Hosting Your Perfect Tea Party by Angel Adoree.
‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful’ – William Morris.
I wish I’d had this mantra when I first started collecting things for my home, and instead of buying cheap and cheerful I’d had this inspiration to save until I could buy really wonderful things.
Now that I’ve had my own home for (quite a few) years now I’ve started gradually replacing my bargain-basement mediocre homewares with things I truly love, partly out of necessity and party because I have a slight fetish for beautiful kitchen things!
I could spend hours looking through this book. It’s packed full of design classics and truly beautiful items for your home. It’s almost like a checklist of things to aspire to, or perhaps a personal shopper’s guide for equipping a really beautiful and stylish kitchen. It contains everything from chic cheese graters, to beautiful saucepans, wonderful knives, storage jars, teapots and crockery.
And don’t think that everything in this style bible is un-attainably expensive, I spotted a Bodem glass teapot which I have in my very own cupboard (I think it cost about £20). The perfect coffee table book for lovers of design and cooking!
Essential Equipment for the Kitchen by Charlotte & Peter Fiell, published by Goodman Fiell, RRP £19.99, is available from www.carltonbooks.co.uk and all good bookshops.