Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Tea &Amp Crumples

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Tea &Amp Crumples

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Summer Kinard. Tea & Crumples. Durham: Light Messages, November 2015. 308pp. ISBN: 978-1-61153-123-7. $19.95.

When I looked at the cover, I assumed that this was another cookbook, but I was sadly disappointed. The cover features a bowl of greenish tealeaves, lemon slices and a silver-colored spoon on a gray folded tablecloth and unpolished gray wood table. The title also assists this notion, as does the set of recipes at the end of the book titled, "Recipes from Tea & Crumples." There isn't really a "recipe" for tea here, but instead for various pastries, not only crumples quiche, but also cookies and two different types of scones, southern and cheddar. The cover and these recipes are the best parts of the book. The quote at the top of the back cover states, "Tea is how I love people." While this might have been cute if it was a sole exclamation, the "Acknowledgments" page inside the book seriously explains in detail how the author fell in love with her husband and built a relationship with him and others in her family built solely on tea... The summary explains that this is an introspective book about Sienna, who enjoys chatting and eating, and spends the book explaining herself to her friends, until she runs out of other ways to explain that she is loving and eating, and "all that's left is faith, tea, and love." A good summary of the prose in this novel is this quote, "...She rolled over in bed and reached for her phone. It was not on the table. …

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