Tea and Tea Drinking
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Tea and Tea Drinking

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Tea drinking has changed dramatically since Samuel Pepys drank the first recorded cup of tea in 1660. Initially, tea was consumed by men in coffee houses and by women in the home following a strict code of conduct, and tea was so expensive that only the extremely wealthy could afford it.

Today however, tea holds a unique position in British culture; it is hard to imagine t...more
Paperback, 56 pages
Published October 19th 2010 by Shire (first published October 10th 2010)
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Andrew Brozyna
As a devoted tea drinker, Anglophile, and history buff, I've been meaning to read up of tea's long relationship with British society. I noticed several lengthy books on the subject, but haven't picked one up until discovering the charming Tea and Tea Drinking by Claire Masset. The author condenses a remarkable history in this concise 56 page book. She discusses tea's origins in ancient China, its introduction to England in the 17th century, and its longterm effect on British society.

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This is a small, slim volume that enterains and educates at the same time. Gail Carriger, one of my favorite authors, mentioned it as a potential stocking stuffer in a pre-Christmas blog post, so of course I had to go hunt it down and get a copy for myself. It gives the reader a basic overview of how tea became the premier drink in Britain, a brief account of how it's grown/harvested, and the way it became available to all classes, not just the rich.

Not only was it a quick and enjoyable read, I...more
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