Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Get Your Bake On!: The Color of Tea by Hannah Tunnicliffe (with Exciting Judging Announcement!)

It gives me great pleasure to introduce our Cook the Books selection for April and May; The Color of Tea by Hannah Tunnicliffe! In a busy life with an often demanding schedule, I love a book that I can fall into and that takes me away and helps me escape. The wonderful The Color of Tea does just that!


From the delectable French pastries and perfect little macarons, to scenes of life in exotic busy Macau, this novel had me hooked from the start. I'll confess it was the gorgeous cover art that first drew me in and I was immediately captured by the story about Grace Miller, an English expat who moves with her Australian husband to the tiny island of Macau in China. Grace, to escape the realities of the shattered dreams of her life and to do something bold and unexpected, uses her passion for baking to open a café. Serving coffee, tea and pretty-colored macarons to the women of Macu, Grace begins to find her strength and herself and to blossom. There is plenty of food, coffee, tea and of course baking inspiration in this lovely book!

If you would like to join in this round, have The Color of Tea finished, make a dish or dishes inspired by the book and post it by the deadline, Monday, May 27th.

Email me at debinhawaii@gmail.com or leave a comment here with your entry. You can also link up your dish by using the inlinkz link below. 


***The Color of Tea Judging Announcement***
Do you ever read a book and think that the author seems great, and that you know you would "click" and be friends in person? That's the feeling I got from the book and from reading about author Hannah Tunnicliffe, world traveler, food lover, tea drinker and baker, former HR professional and now published author. ;-) She seemed very down to earth and easy to like. When she quickly responded back to my email asking her to be our judge for this round and agreed, my feelings were confirmed. Hannah was excited that we selected her book for CTB and is very enthusiastic to be the judge, even offering up a small prize for the winner. How great is that?!? 

So our judge for this round is the author herself, Hannah Tunnicliffe!


You can find Hannah at either of her two websites: http://www.hannahtunnicliffe.com/ or http://www.forkandfiction.com/

I am looking forward to finding out how you like the book and seeing what delicious creations you are inspired to make from it!

Aloha,

Deb


17 comments:

Foodycat said...

My copy is on its way! Looking forward to it!

Simona said...

Perfect timing for the announcement, as I had a good reason to link to it from my post published today. I have already started reading the book. Thanks, Deb.

Debra Eliotseats said...

Loved, loved, loved this book. Although I had it read in record time (and uber early), I am sure I will procrastinate with my recipe. I have a few ideas bouncing around! Excited Hannah will judge!

Rachel said...

Just finished this wonderful book last night. Loved it. I wonder why the title, though: The Color of Tea. I didn't catch the reference as I was reading.

Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez said...

Rachel, see page 250 (well, I have an advanced reader copy, so I'm not positive the pages are exact)...

"She looks back up at my face and smiles a delicate smile. It is then I notice that her eyes and Faith's are exactly the same color, the color of oolong: clear, dark amber. The color of tea."

:)

Rachel said...

Thanks Heather! I have the quote on p. 250 too. Thank you for clearing up that biblio-mystery.

Foodycat said...

I will not be participating in this round as any comments I make may be inflammatory. What a ghastly book.

Rachel Cotterill said...

Sounds really interesting! :)

Simona said...

I am afraid I am also in the did not like camp. But the book inspired me in a way, as I describe in my post, which I just published: http://www.pulcetta.com/2013/05/scone-carote-arrosto-roasted-carrot-scones.html Looking forward to reading everybody's posts.

Deb in Hawaii said...

My post is up.

Camilla Mann said...

Can't put the book down. Now to see if I can get something cooked and posted in time!

Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez said...

Mine's up! Thanks for this great pick, Deb...I enjoyed the book just as much the second time around :)

Ana said...

http://sweetalmondtree.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-color-of-tea-and-slice-of-pavlova.html MY POST IS UP, I couldn't get the inlinkz thingy to work.


Ana said...

http://sweetalmondtree.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-color-of-tea-and-slice-of-pavlova.html
My post is now up, but I could not get the link to work.

Deb in Hawaii said...

Hey Ana,
I fixed the linkytool settings and added your post. I had it closing to early. :-( Sorry about that! ;-)

Claudia said...

Enjoyed the book Deb, thanks for hosting.

Rachel said...

Thanks for extending the CTB deadline, Deb. Memorial Day weekend distractions got me behind, but I just posted. Thanks for hosting. I enjoyed the "biblio-trip" to Macau and am looking forward to reading everyone's posts.