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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Tea is good just about any time and anywhere. Tea time is not just an afternoon tea event, like the English started in the 1700s to ward off the hunger pangs that hit part way through the long afternoon. There are many types of teas, many ways to serve tea, and many things that go very nicely with a good cup of tea. Tea time can be at all times a “tea-licious” treat, one that is best shared with friends or family or both. And why not dress up for tea? If the setting and the servings are elegant, then so should be the host or hostess – as well as the guests.
Linda J. Hawkins is an avid tea lover. Her recent book, Southern Seasons: 12 Months of Tea-licious Recipes and Ideas, is a treasure in itself. Sectioned into the four seasons of the year, the author presents recipes, décor, dress ideas and lots of tips on how to prepare and present a good pot of tea. The illustrations make this book more than just a mouth-watering treat. The author immerses the reader in the entire concept of teas and tea time for every time of the year and every season. She lists the reasons to host a tea party, but there are many more. She lists the do’s and do not’s of proper tea etiquette. Her illustrations detail elegant tea settings and delightful tea party wardrobes, because, as the author explains, “Dressing up brings the little girl out in all of us, never too old for dressing up. It’s fun and refreshing for the young and the older.” Fun and refreshing – that’s what makes tea time a treat and this book certainly exemplifies that.