Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Book Review: Tea With Jane Austen by Kim Wilson

Who would not want to sit down with Jane Austen and join her in a cup of tea? Here for the first time is a book that shares the secrets of one of her favorite rituals. Tea figures prominently in Jane Austen's life and work. In fact, the beloved novelist was the keeper and maker of tea in her family. 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. The book also reveals how to make a perfect cup of tea!
Review: This book was full of fun facts about what Jane Austen would've been eating and drinking! It was just fabulous. I even attempted one of the recipes: Modern Bath Cakes! They were super yummy. I would really like to get my own copy and try a few more of the recipes. This is a fun read for those who enjoy Jane Austen and the Regency era.

Update: I am officially done with the Everything Austen Challenge! I have read and watched all twelve on my list:
1. Pride and Prejudice (2005)
2. Pride and Prejudice (TV 1995)
3. Sense and Sensibility (1995)
4. Emma (Miramax 1996)
5. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
6. Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
7. Persuasion (TV 2007)
8. The Confession of Fitzwilliam Darcy by Mary Street
9. Pride and Prejudice: a Latter-day Comedy (2003)
10. Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange
11. Sense and Sensibility (TV 2008)
12. Intimations of Austen by Jane Greensmith

Extra Credit!
1. Lost in Austen (TV 2008)
2. Persuasion (1997)
3. Jane Austen For Dummies by Joan Klingel Ray
4. Mansfield Park (TV 2007)
5. Emma (TV 1996)
6. Northanger Abbey (TV 2007)
7. Bride and Prejudice (2004)
8. Pride and Prejudice (TV 1980)
9. Pride and Prejudice (1940)
10. Clueless (1995)
11. Miss Austen Regrets (TV 2008)
12. Mansfield Park (TV 1983)
13. The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy by Maya Slater
14. The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)
15. The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
16. Mansfield Park (1999)
17. Tea With Jane Austen by Kim Wilson

Part of the Everything Austen Challenge.


  1. Woohoo! Congrats on completeing the challenge! My goal was to do 1 thing from my list every month...I've failed :-( I didn't finish Pride and Prejudice and Zombies for September! I will finish it this week and do my October challenge as well!

    xoxo~ Renee

  2. This looks like a fun one to have!

  3. Woo-hoo! What a great list you have there and fabulous job that you made your way through the list.

    I, sadly, am lagging far behind on my list for this challenge. I need to pick up the pace but seems that there are many things getting in the way.

    Tea with Jane Austen sounds like a fabulous ending choice. I love it when there are books with actually tie-ins that one can experience at home.

  4. Ooh, your baked goodies look yummy! I've heard a lot of good things about Tea with Jane Austen.

    Congratulations on finishing the challenge! I'm halfway through a book, and then I have one more book after that. I should've put more movies on my list. Ha!

    I'm doing "extra credit" too, some of which are going to be really awesome...but I don't want to say anything yet. ;o)

  5. Great job, Heather!! I am such a slacker. Your list makes me hang my head in shame.

  6. Congrats in finishing the challenge!

  7. forgot to say... i got this book too. haven't had a chance to sit down with it. loved the little etiquette blurbs.

  8. Congratulations on finishing the challenge. That is not a wimpy list by any means! I may have to get the Tea with Jane Austen book. The Bath Cakes sound like a perfect treat for me to make for my JASNA group.

  9. WOw...yu have been such a good Do-be. Congrats! I'm still pluggin along.

  10. Wow You did great! Congratulations.

  11. Wow -- you're my Austen hero! You did fantastic! I'm so impressed. Tea With Jane Austen sounds really fun, too; would be a great holiday gift for me, hehe :)


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