We at The Republic of Tea celebrate a Sip by Sip, Rather than Gulp by Gulp lifestyle, and that includes our love and appreciation for cooking, baking, or sitting down with a cup of hot tea and a great book. So when we were presented with the opportunity to work with one of our favorite authors, Debbie Macomber, to celebrate her new book Debbie Macomber’s Table we were instantly delighted.
Here’s a little snippet into a recent Q&A session that our team had with Debbie:
The Republic of Tea: We understand you are a big fan of tea. Tell us about why tea is so special for you?
Debbie: “For me tea has always been an occasion and I have used it as a bonding experience with my daughters and granddaughters. There is something about a fancy tea cup that makes you feel special. I have always made it a point to drink specialty teas in pretty tea cups to show symbolically to my daughters and granddaughters how important they are. Drinking tea together sparks conversations and creates memories that I will cherish for a lifetime.”
The Republic of Tea: Can you tell us about your first memory drinking tea?
Debbie: “My first experience drinking tea was in a Chinese restaurant as a child. I vividly remember experiencing a sense of sophistication, that little feeling of “I better put my pinky up!” I am sure all little girls can relate to that. I have been a tea drinker ever since.”
The Republic of Tea: How did you discover The Republic of Tea?
Debbie: “I owned a tea house for 14 years and we sold The Republic of Tea, and served it to our customers. I recently sold the shop so that I could dedicate more of my time to writing but they still carry those very special teas.”
The Republic of Tea: What are your go to The Republic of Tea teas for morning, noon and night?
Debbie: “Two of my favorites are Ginger Peach and Rose Bud. Ginger Peach is the perfect flavor component for my pallet, I love the sweet peach mixed with the punch of ginger. Rose Bud is a sentimental note for me. My mother’s name was Rose, and we always used to serve the Rose bud blend at the Mother’s Day high tea at the tea house.”
The Republic of Tea: Tell us the story behind your Gratitude Bread recipe in your new book and why it pairs so well with The Republic of Tea Vanilla Almond Black Tea?
Debbie: “Everyone has been given a Ziploc bag with friendship bread in their life. It is delicious. Well, I like to find ways to thank those that are special in my life. I am constantly challenging myself to show others gratitude and find fun ways to do it. I used the idea of the friendship bread to inspire the thought of gratitude bread. The gratitude bread has similar flavors to the Vanilla Almond Black Tea which makes it a perfect pairing.”
The Republic of Tea: Would you recommend any other recipe and tea pairings?
Debbie: “They say coffee is a donuts best friend, but why not take the UK’s tradition of drinking tea with cookies and pair a great tea with a donut? In my cookbook there is a recipe for muffin tin donut holes.”
The Republic of Tea: Tell us about your favorite place to write?
Debbie: “My favorite place to write is in my home on the Hood Canal. I have a desk in the corner of my bedroom that sits at the water’s edge. I spend my mornings there drinking tea and writing in my journals.”
The Republic of Tea: What tea would you recommend to combat writer’s block?
Debbie: “Something strong. Something that wakes you up. I would say English breakfast might do the trick.”
The Republic of Tea: What inspires you to write?
Debbie: “The simple joy of storytelling.”
The Republic of Tea: Do you prefer to take your tea with or without milk?
Debbie: “Without, but I do like my tea sweet.”
Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 1,000 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Thirteen of these novels hit the number one spot.
In 2017, Macomber’s all-new hardcover publications include If Not for You (March), Any Dream Will Do (August), and Merry and Bright (October). In addition to fiction, Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks, an adult coloring book, numerous inspirational and nonfiction works, and two acclaimed children’s books.
Celebrated as “the official storyteller of Christmas”, Macomber’s annual Christmas books are beloved and five have been crafted into original Hallmark Channel movies. Macomber is also the author of the bestselling Cedar Cove Series which the Hallmark Channel chose as the basis for its first dramatic scripted television series. Debuting in 2013, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove was a ratings favorite for three seasons.
Macomber owns The Grey House Café, which also features a gift shop and a Hallmark Gold Crown store inside. It is located in the Village Square campus, which also serves as Debbie’s corporate headquarters.
She serves on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, is a YFC National Ambassador, and is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative. A devoted grandmother, Debbie and Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington, the town which inspired the Cedar Cove series.