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The Green Tea User's Manual by Helen Gustafson
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Apr 13, 12

bookshelves: how-to, pub-2001
Read in April, 2012

Gustafson on the tea varieties called bancha, hojicha, and kukicha: "These chippy-choppy names skip across the page like chubby little kittens." This is so cloying that it is hateful. Also, tea leaves do not actually look as though they had been scrunched up in the fist of a "tiny gnome."

I had assumed the whole thing was a parody, because surely no restauranteur could have named her daughter Fanny Waters, and no mother and daughter team could possibly have had a sartorial emergency (while on the way to "an elegant event in Manhattan") that was solved by tea. But Alice Waters really did name her daughter Fanny (says Wikipedia), and the whole book is straight faced to the end. "It is special." Unforgivable.
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