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A delectable peek at the tradition of afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel -- and the enchanting history of taking tea Muriel Moffathas been sipping tea at Victoria's storied Empress Hotel for 60 years -- and sharing all those lovely cups with four generations of Moffats. When she poured her love of all things tea into a darling little book, it soon became a bestseller, with 30,000 copies sold from the shelves of the Empress gift shop in just five years. Beautifully redesigned and ready for its book trade debut, Afternoon Teaoffers a peek behind the curtain at the magnificent hotel, where afternoon tea has been taken with elegance and gourmet indulgence since 1908. Included are several well-loved recipes from the Tea Lobby, which has hosted the likes of Queen Elizabeth II, Rudyard Kipling and Shirley Temple. This charming book is also a chatty and colourful history of tea and the many rituals surrounding it, sure to entertain the novice and enthusiast alike. Steeped in a love of traditions, Ms. Moffat's beloved book celebrates a littleknown ritual that may just be the foundation of everything worthy -- family, friends and, of course, tea."
Muriel Moffat was born and raised on Vancouver Island, and believes in the importance of family and traditions — and feels both are best taken with a cup of tea. This is her first book.
Table of Contents
· · · 1 · · · Romancing the Tea 1 · · · 2 · · · China Discovers Tea, the British Make it a Tradition 7 · · · 3 · · · The Art of Making and Taking Tea 13 · · · 4 · · · Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont Empress 19 · · · 5 · · · Recipes 31