Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Dainty Dining Book

Angela McRae, a fellow tea blogger, and a good tea friend,
 at Tea With Friends has written Dainty Dining
"a book of Vintage recipes, memories and memorabilia from America's department store tea rooms."

 Oh, how I remember shopping at large department stores in Lexington, Louisville and Cincinnati
with my mother and aunts in the early 1960's.
Those were the days when ladies wore hats and gloves for shopping trips to down towns of "big" cities.
A shopping trip was an all-day excursion, and always included lunch at the department store tea room. 
 Chicken salad was my favorite then, and still is, as I continue my search for the "perfect" chicken salad.

In Dainty Dining, Angela includes historical information about 20
 U.S.A. large department stores of the early 20th century with photos and a recipe from each. 
She also features photos of her collection of department store memorabilia.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dainty Dining. 
It's a great addition to the library of this tea-drinker,, recipe book collector, and
history buff with memories of department store shopping and store tea room dining.

I can't wait to try some of the delicious recipes! 
OK, where should I start?  Chicken salad or Fudge cake?

Please visit Angela's Blogs at to learn how to purchase the book or for more information and recipes.


Denise :) said...

Both the fudge cake *and* the chicken salad!! LOL! I have the book on my Christmas wish list -- Angela's recipes are always wonderful, but it's her recording of memories and memorabilia that I'm really looking forward to reading!! :)

Steph said...

Isn't it great?!!! I LOVE the book!

Angela McRae said...

Thank you so much for this, Linda! I am so happy you enjoyed the book, and I never see a new chicken salad recipe now without thinking of you!

Antiques And Teacups said...

Thanks so much for telling us. I'll have to order! That looks like a great book!

Patsy said...

Hi, just do the Fudge Cake but the chicken salad would be good to.

Lady Linda said...

This just looks D*E*L*I*G*H*T*F*U*L....

Marilyn said...

I just received my book today and love it. I will be giving away a copy tomorrow on my blog.

Marie said...

A fascinating subject! I am glad to hear that she has written about this trend that died out with the early 60's! I will have to get a copy!


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