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The Little Book of Tea (Little Book Of... by Alain Stella
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Aug 20, 12

bookshelves: cooking-food-wine, history, non-fiction, outdoors-nature, arts, science, owned-books
Read in August, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Just what its title proclaims, this is a slim pocketbook that details the history of this glorious brew that has been imbibed by mankind for thousands of years. The stumbles, triumphs, failures, rebellions and hardships that have accompanied tea as it made its way around the world are outlined with accompanying engravings, photographs, and paintings as well as the details of the various different teas that lie in wait for the curious amateur or serious connoisseur. There are chapters devoted to the hideous slavery that attended some merchants’s grim efforts to make a profit as well as ones that show the various exquisite teapots that can be used for tea brewing and the teas for which they are most suited, when and how tea should be drunk (milk is permissible; lemon and sugar are frowned on by the serious imbibers).

This book also contains helpful information in the back about the various teas and an infusion guide about how long to steep them. This book is easy to follow and carry. My only minor objection is that it makes no distinction between tea (brewed from Camellia sinensis, the only true genus and species) and tisanes (which include things like chamomile, mint, chicory, rose hip, lavender, ginger and the various fruit blends and aren’t true teas at all).
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