The author of this marvellously ‘vintage’ volume is actually Lulu Gwynne rather than Betty Blythe as one assumes from the cover. Betty was a sexy actress in Hollywood when it was new and when films were considered brash. She was born Elizabeth Blythe Slaughter but changed her name (probably a good idea) to the shorter version.
Lulu gives a very decided nod to that glamorous era with her tea room called, unsurprisingly, Betty Blythe. The staff dress the part and the tea and cakes make this a magnet for anyone looking for a classic afternoon tea experience.
Tea is enjoying something of a revival and it’s exciting to explore some culinary themes, and they are very pretty ones, too. Lulu has considered everything that’s needed for throwing a Victorian Tea Party, an Edwardian Breakfast, a 1920s Speakeasy, a 1930s Cocktail Party, 1940s Picnic and a 1950s Street Party. You will be able to dress the part, act the part and offer delightful food.
Style Me Vintage is full of recipes and they are a delight, but Lulu encourages the reader to plan events rather than just meals. They won’t be huge affairs but they can be held in your own home and they will be memorable. Vintage clothes can be found in markets and boutiques and they, above all, will set the scene. Consider a 1920s evening with those ornate flapper dresses and men in dinner suits and black bow ties. Throw in a couple of cigarette holders and gin in a teapot, and the queue at the door starts right behind me.
Style Me Vintage – Tea Parties – A guide to hosting perfect Vintage events is a beautiful book and an ideal gift for avid party-givers, throwers of sedate tea parties and anyone interested in hosting a summer bash with panache. It’s priced at £9.99 (£9 19s 10d) so great value for money.
Style Me Vintage – Tea Parties – A guide to hosting perfect Vintage events
Author: Lulu Gwynne (Betty Blythe)
Published by: Anova Books
Cookbook review by Chrissie Walker © 2018