Beautifully illustrated... this definitive guide will appeal to die-hard tea enthusiasts. -- Library Journal
The reference work we've been waiting for has arrived: a comprehensive but not-too-weighty, one-volume coverage of the world's teas, abundantly and beautifully illustrated with photos of exceptional quality. -- TeaTime
This second edition has improved and refined tasting notes with updated content about non-herbal tea, the plant Camellia sinensis. The book's elegant design is a complete guide to the world's second most popular beverage -- only water exceeds tea consumption.
This book is now clearly the best book on this topic, concise and authoritative with dozens of photographs and images of the teas themselves, revealing the surprising variety of color and opacity of each variety.
The book is an escorted tour of the world's tea-growing countries -- China, Japan, Taiwan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam and East Africa. Readers discover how like a fine wine, it is "terroir", e.g., soil and climate, that gives a tea its unique characteristics.
The book includes varieties of black, green, white, yellow, oolong, pu'er, perfumed, aromatic and smoked teas. Other topics include:
An overview of the history of tea
Tea families, varieties, cultivars and grades
How tea is grown, harvested and processed
The tea trade worldwide
Timeline of the world history of tea cultivation
Profile interviews with tea industry personalities.
The special features legions of tea drinkers will especially enjoy are:
Local tastes and methods of preparing tea (e.g. macha)
Tasting notes and infusion accessories
Caffeine, antioxidant and biochemical properties of 35 teas
15 gourmet recipes using teas
A directory of 42 select teas.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I bought this book largely because I wanted to know what the heck a terroir is...
No, that's not quite right. I bought this book because I've been drinking gallons of tea every week for years without a real appreciation for its history, cultivation or production. I'd tried quite a wide variety of teas, all loose leaf of course, without taking any tasting notes, and while I had a vague idea of what I preferred and the differences between different varieties of teas I certainly couldn't talk at length about things like the degree of oxidization oolongs are subjected to. Instead of picking up knowledge bit by bit I wanted to really sit down and learn about it. This book takes you on quite a tour -- through the history of tea along with detailed sections on China, Japan, Taiwan & India and shorter sections on other tea-producing regions, following up with a guide to preparation and some recipes.
It's also a beautiful book, peppered with gorgeous pictures of every...
If you are looking for a book on tea that is not as expensive or concise as "Tea Sommelier" for example, then this would be an excellent choice. This is a good size paperback but is thorough in both textual presentation and photos. While the photos may not be as artistic as those found in the above mentioned option, they are still excellent. This book contains far more textual information than you would find in more books on this topic. Charts and graphs at the end present the chemical make up of each kind of tea. The amount of caffeine in each kind of tea or the amount of antioxidants are clearly charted. Texture, taste, color, and history of each kind of tea is presented. How to prepare is covered. The correct water temperature is indicated. The global areas that grow tea are discussed. Regional differences are detailed. The Terroirs of tea are analyzed in relation to the characteristics of each type. This is a very detailed book. It's too bad that hardcover is...
Not pretentious at all, super informative and interesting read. Also not latent with false health promises and bogus tea health claims. I love how it's more well-researched than other tea books I've read. Fantastic for people starting to get into teas.
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