The Agony of the Leaves: The Ecstasy of My Life with Tea
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The Agony of the Leaves: The Ecstasy of My Life with Tea

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Widely famed as the tea guru of Berkeley's Chez Panisse, Helen Gustafson is perhaps the world's foremost tea lecturer, tea writer, and irrepressible tea personality. Gustafson's approach to the minutiae of the tea experience is a magically macroscopic one--she makes the subject of tea come alive as a nexus of biographical detail, stories, recipes and reminiscences. Full-co...more
Hardcover, 174 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Henry Holt & Company (first published January 1st 1996)
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I like this as a non-fiction, novel very much. As a kind of memoir, it works very well, however as a tea manual it does not. There is more story than instruction, which is fine it that is what you seek from this than you are in for a wonderful treat, because Ms. Gustafson is a lovely writer and storyteller. I feel as though I were right there with her for her adventures and her travels. I hope you enjoy it, it's quite a ride!
Mary Jo
This is a marvelous book, touching on the author's childhood, her marriage, and her process of learning about tea. Ms. Gustafson is a comfortable writer, and the design of the book is lovely. I originally bought my copy to send to someone else, but I couldn't part with it.
the tea guru from chez panisse in berkley shares her insight regarding tea. i'm sitting down with a cuppa jasmine just now!
it has recipes! Surprisingly entertaining. I feel like a tea connoisseur now.
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