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Sunday, August 3, 2008

Book of the Week: "Taking Tea with Mackintosh"

In 1896, Kate Cranston, the pioneer of Glasgow tea rooms in the late nineteenth century, commissioned Charles Rennie Mackintosh—who would become one of the Western worlds’ most renowned designers—to design her tea rooms, and over the next two decades he did so with dazzling inventiveness. (Mackintosh’s wife, Margaret, herself an artist, also made important contributions to the interior designs.) Cranston and Mackintosh opened up a unique, avant-garde artistic world to thousands of ordinary people and their tea rooms became internationally famous. Taking Tea with Mackintosh illustrates their exciting collaboration with black-and-white historical photographs of the tea rooms and color photographs of their surviving components. In addition, sixteen recipes for traditional tea room cakes, breads, and pastries are supplied, offering the best chance the reader will have to revisit these extraordinary places.

I have not yet had an opportunity to visit the Glasgow Willow Tea Rooms, but I regularly visit a Mackintosh-inspired tea room in Savannah called The Tea Room. This is my absolute favorite tea room in America and if you ever find yourself in Savannah, Georgia, do not miss it.

2 comments:

Steph said...

I had not heard of this book, so thank you for mentioning it -- and thanks for the tea recommendation! Wow, I must get there!

Angela McRae said...

Denise, The Tea Room is one of my all-time favorites as well. I've got a dear friend in Savannah and manage to squeeze in a trip to The Tea Room every time I visit her. I also love the women who run the place. (One, I think, is a former newspaper gal like myself!)

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