Some of the writers writing about writers are Angela Carter writing on Charlotte Brontë, A.S. Byatt writing on Willa Cather and Penelope Lively writing on Edith Wharton. It’s a beautiful hardback. I love owning it and reading the entries.
I’d pair this lovely book with a good cup of Fortnum’s Countess Grey. Countess Grey is ideal because of its light and delicate flavor, which makes it perfect for slow reading.
Countess Grey goes with so many good books, doesn’t it?
I’m currently reading The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson (outstanding) and I also borrowed two classic Sandra Brown books (I’m going through a serious Sandra Brown phase) and a fun children’s book, Bad Girls Throughout History. I recommend it for all ages, though. We are never too old to learn about incredible, fearless women.
Jane Austen’s Persuasion is one of my favorite novels. It has all the elements I love in a romantic novel: love lost and love found, a returning hero, an “older” heroine (mostly because I was “older” when I married), ridiculous, over-the-top family members (because we can all relate) and a very romantic letter. What’s not to love about this novel?
It’s no secret that my favorite tea is Fortnum’s Countess Grey. I’m not kidding when I say I want to live inside Fortnum’s. Can you just lock me in there and throw away the key? Anyway, it only makes sense to pair my two favorites together. So, next time you read Persuasion, brew yourself a cup of Countess Grey. I’m sure you will find it a perfect combination.
I’ve talked about Fortnum & Mason before here and here. But today I want to talk about my favorite Fortnum’s tea.
The English-speaking world divides roughly into two main camps – one camp swears by tea, the other coffee. Occasionally, each camp swears at the other. At Fortnum’s we maintain a strict neutrality. Here harmony reigns – for here you will find the best of both worlds.
Fortnum’s The Cook Book
My favorite Fortnum’s tea (and probably favorite tea in general) is Countess Grey. It’s delicious, citrusy and airy. It goes well with a little bit of sugar and a little bit of milk.
I’m a huge tea snob and will not drink tea if the water is not boiled. I’ve learned to stay away from tea in most American restaurants because they use hot water instead of water that’s boiled. Yes, I can tell the difference. I told you I was a tea snob.
Fortnum & Mason instructions: For every cup you wish to make, add a rounded teaspoon of leaves to your pot. Add freshly-boiled water, brew for 3-5 minutes, place your strainer over your cup and pour. For tea bags, simply brew in your cup for 3-5 minutes, remove and enjoy.