A Literary Tea Party

A Literary Tea Party : Blends and Treats for Alice, Bilbo, Dorothy, Jo, and Book Lovers Everywhere

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Themed cookbooks based on single bestselling franchises and fandoms like Harry Potter have a strong, niche angle that pull in a dedicated target audience. Many literary-themed books have done very well, such as Tequila Mockingbird. This book draws from a wide range of classic literary sources, and focuses on the afternoon tea niche, featuring recipes for pies, cookies, savory nibbles, and custom homemade tea blends.

The classic literary cookbook theme will make it very attractive to independent book stores, as well as reading groups. This cookbook will appeal widely to all sorts book lovers in the industry who love reading in general.

Literary inspirations include fantasy and mystery novels that already have a large fanbase, such as Sherlock Holmes, The Hobbit, The Chronicles of Narnia, Alice in Wonderland, etc. Because of this, the cookbook will appeal to readers who are part of fandoms/fantasy cults and the Comic Con crowd.

As a tea party book, it will also sell in party-planning/entertaining categories.

The author custom designs teas for Adagio Teas, which may be interested in doing a special sales custom promotion.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 191 x 241 x 17.78mm | 725.75g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1510729100
  • 9781510729100
  • 20,478

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"Alison sets the table with comfort and nostalgia and a side of insight into why food is important in our fiction. The recipes are perfect for teatime with friends or curled up with a good book, sneaking bites between turning the pages."
--Diane Ault, Fiction-Food Cafe "I love books and I love to cook. This cookbook is a dream come true with all of its recipes based on so many of my favorite stories. I've made many of the recipes and I can attest that they are delicious! This cookbook has so many tips and tricks, so a novice cook can learn to take her skills to the next level and impress her geeky friends at her next literary gathering. The Big Apple Hand Pies are a must-make!"
--Victoria Grace Howell, staff writer at Area of Effect Magazine

"I finished reading it in a rush, compelled to read every single page. . . . If you're looking for an amazing recipe book full of literary referrals, . . . this is the book for you."
--Books Daily News

"A Literary Tea Party is a delight for both of the reader and the foodie. Picking up inspiration from classical literary works as diverse as Romeo and Juliet, White Fang, or the Wizard of Oz, it set up the table for a lengthy discussion about life, works, words, and, obviously, taste buds."
--Boiled Words

"An amazing, deliciously sweet book that will brighten the tea time of every book lover. . . . A must-have in any book lovers' collection right between the classics and the cookbooks."
--Book Traveller

"A cute and fun collection of mostly simple and familiar recipes. . . . The Queen of Hearts painted rose cupcakes offer a big impression with a simple technique, and many of the savories, while simple in execution, are fun."
--Food Book Feast

"Have you ever yearned to eat what the characters in your current book are eating? Or gotten hungry from the descriptions of food in books? . . . This was a lovely book to read and even better to cook from."

"Thanks to this unique book, I can fulfil my literary foodie fantasies! . . . A Literary Tea Party is charming and well-thought out. . . . Perfect for the tea, food, and book lovers in your life."
--Rebecca Reviews

"I absolutely love the concept behind this book - a literary tea party. Reading the blurb of this book made me seriously consider throwing a themed tea party just so I could show off all these great recipes!"
--Ally's Appraisals

"Reading and cooking from this book will evoke memories from books read in the past and inspire readers to not only pick up those books again, but to have a nice tea party at the same time."
--Bella Online

"The perfect gift for the special bookworm in your life, or something you should treat yourself to if you are a whimsy literature lover."
--Macarons and Paperbacks

"[This] lovely book will be a delightful companion for those who love children's books and teatime . . . a fun way to get kids cooking."
--A Magical Homeschool
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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 (WonderlandRecipes.com), 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. 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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Rating details

129 ratings
3.96 out of 5 stars
5 40% (51)
4 33% (43)
3 17% (22)
2 4% (5)
1 6% (8)
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