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.