A Literary Tea Party by Alison Walsh | Review

A Literary Tea Party by Alison Walsh | Review
A Literary Tea Party by Alison Walsh, Sara Letourneau
Genres: Cookbook

Introduction by Sara Letourneau

A Literary-Inspired Cookbook for Voracious Readers at Teatime
Tea and books: the perfect pairing. There's nothing quite like sitting down to a good book on a lovely afternoon with a steaming cup of tea beside you, as you fall down the rabbit hole into the imaginative worlds of Alice in Wonderland, The Hobbit, and Sherlock Holmes . . .

Fire up your literary fancies and nibble your way through delicate sweets and savories with A Literary Tea Party, which brings food from classic books to life with a teatime twist. Featuring fifty-five perfectly portioned recipes for an afternoon getaway, including custom homemade tea blends and beverages, you will have everything you need to plan an elaborate tea party. Cook up and enjoy:

Turkish Delight while sipping on the White Witch’s Hot Chocolate from The Chronicles of Narnia Drink Me Tea with the Queen of Hearts’s Painted Rose Cupcakes from Alice in Wonderland Eeyore’s “Hipy Bthuthday” Cake with Hundred Acre Hot Chocolate from Winnie the Pooh Hannah’s Sweet Potato Bacon Pastries and Jo’s Gingerbread from Little Women Tom Sawyer’s Whitewashed Jelly Doughnuts from Tom Sawyer And more!

Accompanied with photographs and book quotes, these recipes, inspired by the great works of literature, will complement any good book for teatime reading and eating.

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If you love books and tea then this is the book for you! Get ready to eat and drink like your favorite characters! This book combines two of my favorite things; books and tea. How could I not love everything about it? If you enjoy food that is inspired by your favorite books then this is the book for you.


Just a few of the literary references that you will enjoy are:

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • The Borrowers
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  • Redwall
  • King Arthur
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • Little Women
  • Winnie-the-Pooh
  • Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot mysteries
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • White Fang
  • The Hobbit
  • A Little Princess
  • The Secret Garden
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Treasure Island
  • Peter Pan
  • A Christmas Carol
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe

That is truly a list of who’s who in the literary world.  I devoured this book in one sitting and then went back to slowly digest it while I was making my grocery list so I would have the ingredients I needed to enjoy the book fully. Since we have tea time every afternoon I knew that some of these treats were going to be perfect for us. In fact, I have been making a different treat each afternoon to coordinate with the book we are reading. It has made a wonderful summer reading list for the kids while giving me some sweet treats.

My favorite so far has been  Miss Marple’s “Pocket Full of Rye” Tea Sandwiches since I am huge fan of her books.The titles in the list each have multiple recipes so it will easy to plan and have a tea party. Alison Walsh did a wonderful job coming up with recipes and blends that she believes each and every character would love and enjoy. After re-reading several of the titles in the book I can certainly agree. Speaking of Miss Marple, I can’t wait to try the Delicious Death Chocolate Cake. I am more than certain it will be to die for!

While there are plenty of children’s tittles list this is certainly not a children’s recipe book. There are various difficulty levels for the recipes and they are certainly aimed at adults. Although there are things that children will enjoy. The tea party atmosphere is something that children love and they will certainly want to take part.I love that the book has some recipes that are based on one book while others are more themed from several books such as murder. I am certainly going to


About Alison Walsh

Alison Walsh first began cooking as a way to stretch her post-college paycheck, and her love of cooking grew. In 2014, she combined her love of food and books into Alison’s Wonderland Recipes (, a food blog dedicated to book-inspired recipes. She guest writes for Real Life at Home and her recipes have been featured on MuggleNet, the number one Harry Potter fan website. She lives in Des Plaines, Illinois.

About Sara Letourneau

Sara Letourneau is a speculative fiction writer for teens and adults. She is a poet, tea reviewer, music journalist, and columnist at DIY MFA and Writers Helping Writers. She lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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