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Cookbooks for A Classic Afternoon Tea

The Viennese have their kaffee und kuchen (coffee and cake) and the Swedes have fika, the essential coffee, cake, and company break. Brits have afternoon tea – quietly indulgent, encompassing sweet and savory nibbles and a gentle kick of caffeine. Recipes from Downton Abbey, Fiona Cairns (baker to royalty), Lorraine Pascal, and Ginger & White hold the key to afternoon tea.

The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook

The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook

Annie Gray

Legions of Downton fans will relish recipes for wobbly jellies and glossy veal and ham pies, but there is much to learn about the social role of food in the Edwardian era, and Annie Gray dispenses copious amounts of delicious wisdom in this carefully researched book. The recipes are timeless; the book is a new classic.

Bake and Decorate

Bake and Decorate

Fiona Cairns

British baker Fiona Cairns is no stranger to celebrity; she baked the cake for the wedding of Prince William and Katherine Middleton in 2011, and her clients range “from rock stars to royalty.” Keen decorators will be delighted with cake designs for the likes of Alice’s Teapot, Football Boots, and more (and yes, there are simpler recipes, too).

The Ginger & White Cookbook

The Ginger & White Cookbook

Tonia George

Ginger & White is famous for its wonderful baking and delicious comfort food created from superb artisanal ingredients. Its devoted customers range from toddlers to grannies, who are all drawn to the family-friendly atmosphere and the exceptional flavours on offer. Now you can bring some Ginger & White magic into your own kitchen with this, their first cookbook.

Bake

Bake

Lorraine Pascale

British-born model-turned baker and TV presenter Lorraine Pascale specializes in baking recipes that take away much of the faff factor but still deliver on looks and flavor. While the 125 recipes promise to be showstopping – and many are certainly very colorful – they’re nonetheless achievable by novice home bakers.

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The Mushroom Cookbook

Liz O'Keefe and Michael Hyams

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"There are some wonderful flavours in wild and cultivated mushrooms alike, and sometimes the best and easiest thing to do is throw them together with lots of garlic." Michael Hyams and Liz O'Keefe

Author spotlight

Ruth Nieman

Ruth Nieman

London-based Nieman has written two food books that have gained critical acclaim, the most recent of which is ‘Freekeh, Wild Wheat & Ancient Grains.’ Nieman is known for her scholarship and in-depth research, as well as for her excellent recipes – she originally trained as a caterer before turning her hand to food writing.

Michael Daniel

Michael Daniel

Michael, along with his brother Adrian, runs the acclaimed The Gate vegetarian restaurant in London, which opened in 1989, and still going strong (there are now four branches). The brothers have written two cookbooks: ‘The Gate Vegetarian’ and ‘The Gate Easy Vegetarian’ in which they explore their Indo-Iraqi heritage.

Nawal Nasrallah

Nawal Nasrallah

Nawal was born in Baghdad and now lives in the US. A food writer, food historian, and translator from Arabic to English, she is also an expert on modern Iraqi cuisine and its antecedents. Her book ‘Delights from the Garden of Eden’ was first published in 2003.

Features & Stories

5 dishes fit for royalty

5 dishes fit for royalty

People are pulling out the stops to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, marking her 70-year reign. Celebrating royal milestones with food is a great British tradition and to help you celebrate the Big Jubilee Lunch on June 5, we’ve rounded up five dishes with a connection to the British monarchy.