The other day my boyfriend and I went for a real afternoon tea at the wonderful Hotel Ritz in London. It was a fantastic experience and if you are ever a tourist in London (or living here but haven't tried it yet), you should give yourself that experience. It is expensive but it is also something that you won't forget!
Though I am not a big baker, having delicious, artistic cakes made me want to start baking and experimenting with the art of decorating and creating pastries, petit fours and other lovely, scrumptious cakes. And of course that made me want to buy cook books...
Ladurée. The Recipes. By Phillippe Andrieu and Sophie Tramier
Haven't tried a French macaron? Laduree are the masters of the macaron and I would love to have their recipe book on my shelf!
The Vintage Tea Party Book by Angel Adoree
Written by a gorgeous woman (check out her website - angeladoree.co.uk) who even lives in my part of London (East) and full of sweet recipes, this is the ultimately stylish afternoon tea book. This one is definitely on my wish list and the perfect present for a girl who likes to cook!
The Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days: Recipes to make every day special by Tarek Malouf
Cake recipes to make every day special. What more do you need to know? And if this doesn't convince you, the cover will, it looks absolutely delicious!!