Afternoon Tea at Home

Whip up a delicate spread of sweets and tea.

Afternoon tea is not a tradition many follow in America. Instead of taking a break in the middle of the day to relax, people are on the go, running from one errand to the next. In Afternoon Tea at Home, author Will Torrent aims to change preconceived notions about the practice. He admits the quintessentially British ritual is indulgent – and that’s what makes it great. In his book, he divides the feast into sandwiches, "savouries," scones, cakes, jams, jellies and pâtisserie. From lime and yuzu curd to smoked-salmon sandwiches, Viennese whirls to crab-mayonnaise éclairs, Torrent guides the reader through the balance of decadence, indulgence and elegance to craft the perfect afternoon tea for any occasion. 

"Afternoon Tea at Home," by Will Torrent, rylandpeters.com

Daniel Puma is Feast's editorial intern, recently transplanted to St. Louis from Oklahoma, who has a penchant for board games, a soft spot for dogs and a strong hatred of beans.