Tea figures prominently in Jane Austen's life and work. At the centre of almost every social situation in her novels one finds tea. In Emma, does Miss Bates drink coffee? Of course not: 'No coffee, I thank you, for me-never take coffee.-A little tea if you please.' In Pride and Prejudice, what is one of the supreme honours Mr. Collins can envision Lady Catherine bestowing on Elizabeth Bennet and her friends? Why, drinking tea with her, naturally.
Tea with Jane Austen begins with tea drinking in the morning and ends with tea in the evening, at balls and other gatherings. Each chapter includes a description of how tea was taken at a particular place or time of day, along with history, recipes, excerpts from Austen's novels and letters and illustrations from the time.
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The ideal read for any fan of Austen's work, or the enduring British favourite - tea. Period Living Darjeeling with Darcy or earl Grey with Emma? Field Both books are beautifully produced and make an attractive pair for lovers of Jane Austen, filling in all-important background details to the novels. Good Book Guide
KIM WILSON is a writer, editor, and gardener who lives in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and is a longtime member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Her other title for Frances Lincoln is In the Garden with Jane Austen.