Tea books are like beach books! Only you read them with a refreshing beverage in hand instead of trying to keep sand from going up your crevices. They’re books you can snuggle into like a cozy blanket made of awesome; they’re comforting, but not in a boring way.
Here’s five of my favorite tea books, along with recommended tea companion. I picked all the teas using Stash Tea’s website, not because I’m getting paid for it but because their descriptions are adorable.
1. Sylvester by Georgette Heyer (my review)
Rank, wealth, and elegance are no match for a young lady who writes novels…
Sylvester, Duke of Salford, has exacting requirements for a bride. Then he meets Phoebe Marlow, a young lady with literary aspirations, and suddenly life becomes very complicated. She meets none of his criteria, and even worse, she has written a novel that is sweeping through the ton and causing all kinds of gossip… and he’s the main character!
Companion tea: Black Forest Black Tea: “Rich chocolate and cherry flavors, hibiscus, and black tea combine to create a dessert tea with all the decadence of Black Forest Cake, without the guilt.”
This is basically a comedy masquerading as a gothic novel, so I figured a dessert tea pretending to be something dark and mysterious would be a perfect match!
2. Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers (my review)
When ad man Victor Dean falls down the stairs in the offices of Pym’s Publicity, a respectable London advertising agency, it looks like an accident. Then Lord Peter Wimsey is called in, and he soon discovers there’s more to copywriting than meets the eye. A bit of cocaine, a hint of blackmail, and some wanton women can be read between the lines. And then there is the brutal succession of murders — 5 of them — each one a fixed fee for advertising a deadly secret.
Companion tea: All Around the Mulberry Bush: “This tea is very smooth and slightly sweet, a wholesome tea that brings comfort with every sip.”
I couldn’t resist matching these when I saw the name for this tea. It made me laugh! The Lord Peter books actually aren’t all that sweet (or wholesome), but they DO have a lot of subtle humor running throughout.
3. My Life in France by Alex Prud’Homme and Julia Child (my review)
Julia Child singlehandedly created a new approach to American cuisine with her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her television show The French Chef, but as she reveals in this bestselling memoir, she was not always a master chef. Indeed, when she first arrived in France in 1948 with her husband, Paul, who was to work for the USIS, she spoke no French and knew nothing about the country itself. But as she dove into French culture, buying food at local markets and taking classes at the Cordon Bleu, her life changed forever with her newfound passion for cooking and teaching. Julia’s unforgettable story – struggles with the head of the Cordon Bleu, rejections from publishers to whom she sent her now-famous cookbook, a wonderful, nearly fifty-year long marriage that took them across the globe – unfolds with the spirit so key to her success as a chef and a writer, brilliantly capturing one of the most endearing American personalities of the last fifty years.
Companion tea: Sunny Orange Ginger: “Sweet, tangy, and even more delicious with a touch of sweetener, this refreshing herbal blend of hibiscus, crystallized ginger and candy orange pieces brew up a rich red infusion that is tasty hot or iced! For an extra unusual treat, eat the infused tea and fruit pieces over yogurt or cereal.”
You can eat this tea!
4. The Buried Pyramid by Jane Lindskold (my review)
Plucky young Jenny Benet, a recently orphaned American girl who was raised on the Wild West frontier and educated at a Boston finishing school, has come to Egypt in company with her uncle Neville Hawthorne, a prominent British archaeologist. They’re part of a team investigating the legendary Buried Pyramid, the tomb of the pharaoh Neferankhotep — who may also have been Moses the Lawgiver.
But they’re not the only ones interested in the site. Another party, led by the opulent and treacherous Lady Audrey Cheshire, is shadowing theirs. Someone who signs himself “The Sphinx” has been sending threatening letters — written entirely in hieroglyphics. In Egypt, an ancient and shadowy organization seems determined to keep the tomb from being discovered.
But mortals may not be all that stands in their way.
Companion tea: Almond Cream Black Tea: “For our delicious Almond Cream dessert tea we’ve combined fine black teas, sweet slivered almonds, spicy cinnamon, natural nut cream and almond flavor extracts. The result is a smooth, cordial-like tea that is rich in flavor and aroma.”
An elegant but slightly exotic-flavored tea for a book about Victorian archaeologists getting into a mess with ancient Egyptian gods.
5. The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis (my review)
When Digory and Polly are tricked by Digory’s peculiar Uncle Andrew into becoming part of an experiment, they set off on the adventure of a lifetime. What happens to the children when they touch Uncle Andrew’s magic rings is far beyond anything even the old magician could have imagined.
Hurtled into the Wood between the Worlds, the children soon find that they can enter many worlds through the mysterious pools there. In one world they encounter the evil Queen Jadis, who wreaks havoc in the streets of London when she is accidentally brought back with them. When they finally manage to pull her out of London, unintentionally taking along Uncle Andrew and a coachman with his horse, they find themselves in what will come to be known as the land of Narnia.
Companion tea: Dragonwell Special Grade Green Tea: “Our Dragonwell brews up a light jade-colored liquor with a slightly sweet, soft flavor. The tea is delightfully fresh and vegetal. In China, this tea is considered to have a cooling effect and is frequently served in hot weather.”
I decided to go for the unexpected and do a fancy tea for this book!
What’s your favorite tea book?