rom Asia to Europe, tea is more than drink -- it's a ritual and an institution. Fortunately, a proper teapot doesn't have to go with a doily. To brew up in style, try a designer model like those by Brooklyn artist Jason Miller who Wallpaper magazine named Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2007. His Seconds teapots spring from his 2004 exhibit "Okay as Is," and their purposely "misplaced" and unfinished images of Bluejays and Orioles suggest we don't have to follow all the rules. Retails for $88 at Anthropologie stores, www.anthropologie.com or www.areaware.com.
You don't have to be Rachel Ray to publish your own cookbook. Pull together up to 100 family recipes, upload them to Tastebook's
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Web site, and they'll mail you a custom hardcover cookbook complete with photos, chapters and cooking tips. If you don't have enough of your own creations, you can choose from 25,000 of theirs, incorporate recipes from other sources, or receive credit for pages you can pop in later. Retails for $34.95 at www.tastebook.com.