- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Ten Speed Press; unknown edition (Oct. 1 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580087450
- ISBN-13: 978-1580087452
- Product Dimensions: 20 x 3.2 x 23.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide Hardcover – Oct 1 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Purveyors of fine tea, the Heisses' documentary dexterously weaves through the wars, economic upheavals and embargoes surrounding what was once considered the elixir of immortality. Though tea usage may predate written history, evidence suggests that Camellia sinensis's invigorating leaves were first cultivated centuries ago in the tea gardens of indigenous minorities in Northwestern China and along the Indian, Myanmar and Tibetan borders. Chinese monks recognized the energizing effects and medicinal value of this evergreen plant and, by touting its benefits, ignited a thirst for tea that quickly spread west via oceangoing tea clippers and along the Silk Road. The famed East India Company flourished, teatime became social tradition, and cream and sugar were found to balance tea's astringency. In this guide, the Heisses outline at length the production process from tea bush to tea cup, along with the nuances of regional varietals like China's sweet green tea and India's Darjeeling. An engaging historical and cultural study, this guide is geared toward both novice and consummate consumers intrigued by the world's 2,000-year-old tea habit. (Oct.)
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About the Author
Mary Lou Heiss and her husband, Robert, have owned and operated Cooks Shop Here, a purveyor of fine tea and other specialty food products, since 1974. Mary Lou is also the author of Green Tea. When not traveling to source teas and other ingredients for their shop, they make their home in western Massachusetts, where Robert’s lively food radio program can be heard each week. The Heisses’s deep respect for and passionate interest in artisan food products, traditional foods, and the history and evolution of world cuisines bring a global perspective to their work.
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So get yourself a teapot, some good loose tea, and a strainer and enjoy this wonderful drink, not to mention the book itself!