There are few things more satisfying than seeing success come to people who really deserve it, case in point being Angel Adoree, whose Vintage Patisserie has served tea and cake to some of the fanciest crowds around.Now the secrets to hosting the perfect tea party can be ours, as Angel has written a truly inspiring book- much more than the average cupcake book, much more than a cook book actually, as it also features a style guide and numerous non-culinary projects. What has made Angel's business so successful is how hands-on she is, how she manages to be incredibly charming and approachable however busy she may be.The book is a success for the same reason in that is features so much of Angel's personality,giving it that autobiographical feel that makes you really warm to an author.
The introduction features old black and white photographs of Angel's family which gives you an idea of her background and where her vintage style has come from. The whole book is full of stunning illustrations by Adele Mildred, as well as some of the most beautiful food photography I've ever seen, by Yuki Sugiura. The edible delights are all set out with beautiful vintage props, as was the spread at the book launch on Wednesday night. Vintage chess boards were laid out with Angel's handmade chocolates, whilst cake stands were covered in sugared fruit and scones, and jasmine tea champagne was served in china teacups.
Amongst the illustrations are some beautiful templates you can photocopy as invitations- accompanied by a really thought provoking page by Angel about the number of friends one has on certain social networking sites, and how many of these so called friends would actually come to a party if you invited them. She appreciates real-life acts of friendship like the posting of an invitation as much as the hand-baking of cakes.
Margaret of Penny Dreadful Vintage and Lena of The Vintage Guide to London
There's much more to the book than food, with pieces on how to make a variety of vintage inspired aprons, how to source appropriate props, parlour games to play and grooming tips for women and men. Of course the recipes themselves are also divine-and not just for those with a sweet tooth;Angel covers brunch, afternoon tea and evening recipes, as well as drinks.I've already set my heart on making the chocolate coconut granola, spinach and parmesan muffins and rose pannacotta, pictured below.
There's even a stencil of the queen included so you can make your own bunting and flags.This is as much a coffee table book as it is a cookbook for the kitchen shelves, as well as the story of one woman's charismatic style and success.
You can buy it here, where you can also see some more of the gorgeous images from inside the book, published by Octopus Books.