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The Tea Companion [Paperback]

Jane Pettigrew
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Sept. 8 2004 Connoisseur's Guides
More and more people are turning to tea as their primary hot beverage, and connoisseurs are discovering the wondrous range of flavors to be found in different varieties from around the globe—some of which command fantastic prices and are in great demand. This comprehensive, authoritative guide to understanding, purchasing, and serving the world's finest teas is beautifully illustrated with full-color photographs of a variety of tea leaves and herbs, as well as their countries oforigin. Learn how to store tea so its aromas last, brew it properly for fullest enjoyment, and appreciate the many nuances of flavor to be found in this extraordinary drink.

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Drinking tea has traditionally been associated with ancient rituals and Asian art forms; and, in a more contemporary vein, the imbibing of herbal teas is often linked to spiritual benefits and good health. This informative guide provides answers to most any question one might have about the history of tea, the many types of fine teas available, and different manners of brewing and preparation. A detailed international directory by country describes the production of a rather mind-boggling variety of teas, recommending the best selections, along with seven categories specifying the appropriate times to drink the myriad kinds of teas listed. Alice Joyce --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The Tea Companion is an indispensable guide for the connoisseur. Authoritative, informative, and inspirational, it covers everything from how tea was first "discovered" to advice on where to buy it, how it should be stored, and how to make the perfect cup of tea. Tea is the world's most popular beverage, yet most people are familiar with and drink only a tiny proportion of the huge array of high-quality teas that are now available. The Tea Companion opens up this diverse and exciting world and encourages you to seek out and try some of the world's most exquisite teas. At the heart of the book is a country-by-country directory which is divided into four main parts. The first three sections look closely at 11 of the world's tea-producing nations. Profiles of recommended teas detail the essential brewing characteristics of flavor, aroma, and color, and also offer brewing hints and drinking recommendations so that you know how to make the most of your brew. The final section is a brief guide to the world's other tea-producing countries, from Argentina to Zimbabwe. The Tea Companion is an invaluable source of reference and inspiration, an accessible and practical guide to help you enjoy the richness and variety of tea. It is, in short, a celebration of the world's favorite brew. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Treasure Map to the Land of Tea! Dec 31 2000
By A Customer
This is an excellent book! I just recently decided to better understand my appreciation for tea. This book offers anyone a great, quick guide to refer to when purchasing tea, as well as a thorough tea 101 class. Pettigrew delightfully takes the reader down the interesting history of tea (much more thoroughly than other books I have come across). The reader is taken on an "around the world" trip of tea in various cultures. I especially like how she shows pictures of what the tea (loose leaf) should look like when you purchase it, as well as after you have steeped it; and the color of the tea liquor. To me this is so invaluable--when you are purchasing tea, it can be difficult to tell if the product is of quality or not. She also includes a list of mail-order tea companies in the back of the book. Even if you are a tea expert, this is a most lovely and invaluable book to have around. And if you are just beginning your journey, you must take this treasure map with you. Highly recommended!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile companion Oct. 15 2001
By Sam
As mentioned, there are a lot of books on tea. The trick is finding one that's practical and useful. What makes this special is 1) extra detail about brewing time, temperature, amount 2) clear color photos of the dry and brewed tea and tea leaves 3) clear organization that helps you understand teas by country and variety. I've browsed through lots of books and of the ones I've seen, this is the best. Think of it as a first rate primer (beginner and intermediate level), not a text book, but five stars for what it tries to do.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, Precise and Easy to read Oct. 14 1998
By A Customer
A good overview on the various types of tea, and in general, everything a beginner would want to know about tea. This is a book where you will find accurate, up-to-date information on tea, its properties and health benefits. Unlike many other books that were written more for pleasure reading (poetry, myths and stories about tea from the east), this is a book that gives a good foundation for someone who's serious about the appreciation and benefits of tea. I highly recommend it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant cuppa! July 5 2007
By Brian Maitland TOP 500 REVIEWER
I was expecting more a travel essay having snagged my copy via library request (yeah, I wanted to check it out first before forking over dough on amazon). Although it's not really a travel essay at all, it is a brilliant fact-filled and fun book on the origins of tea. If you drink tea at all, this is a must buy. It just has so much in here that you'll learn something you did not know pretty much on every page. Great research and easy breezy read. Wonderful pics, layout, book size and glossy pages. First class all around. Well worth the $ now I know.
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