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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Weekend Cooking: Book Review - The China Tea Book

I adore tea - any kind, any flavor, anywhere!  So I was thrilled to be able to review the fabulous "The China Tea Book" from Mandala Earth Editions.

Tea isn’t just a drink—the cup you hold in your hands is steeped in more than five thousand years of history and it all began in China. A lavishly illustrated chronicle of the world’s most popular beverage (second only to water), The China Tea Book covers everything from the leaves to the pervasive culture they spawned.

Kettle-boiled tea in the Tang Dynasty, powdered tea during the Song, pressed cake in the Ming—the history of tea is as diverse as the varietals themselves. Whether green, oolong, or black, each tea has a unique personality, which The China Tea Book captures in photographs and facts. As the trade of tea took off in the 16th century, the associated health benefits and cultural expressions spread around the world.

 The etiquette of tea drinking and the art of tea brewing may be centuries old, but understanding them leads to a deeper appreciation of the now ubiquitous drink. Designed for leisurely reading yet eminently practical, The China Tea Book is sure to enchant Chinophiles and tea-lovers alike.

This is a gorgeous, coffee-table sized book that is filled with amazing photography, as well as fascinating information on the history of tea, the way tea is harvested, and other tidbits of tea trivia that will delight the ardent tea fan!

I particulary enjoyed the chapter on the presentation of the Japanese tea ceremony - this elegant tradition is steeped in history and is still performed all over the world today.

Tea lovers will find this beautiful book a welcome addition to their tea collections!

Luo Jialin holds an MFA from Peking University and is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Ljubljana of Slovenia. An expert in tea ceremony, he won certification as the tea-making master from Taiwan Luyu Tea Culture Institute. He lives in Beijing, China.


My thanks to Mandala Earth Editions for the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

Weekend Cooking is a weekly meme sponsored by Beth Fish Reads!  Check out her blog at www.bethfishreads.com to see what other bloggers are reading this weekend!

1 comment:

Mystica said...

This must be a lovely book. For someone's whose job is tea I think this would be something I should look out for.