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Serendipitea: A Guide To The Varieties, Origins, And Rituals Of Tea Hardcover – September 16, 1998


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The history of tea is a long and fascinating one. Imbibing this refreshing drink, cultivated in more than 40 countries, has been a popular way to relax for thousands of years; in fact, there are many more tea drinkers than coffee drinkers in the world. There are a huge number of varieties of tea, but almost more important than the tea itself are the many social rituals associated with it. Tomislav Podreka, a tea expert, elucidates the history and characteristics of teas around the world in this truly lovely little book. In addition, Podreka explains how to prepare and steep green teas, black teas, white teas, pouchong teas, and oolong teas; tells how to properly serve tea; and offers a series of delightful teatime recipes that may properly accompany any fine cuppa. Beware: this may well turn the reader into a tea aficionado, for whom no mass-produced teabag will ever be good enough again.

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Tomislav Podreka is the founder of serendipitea, one of the largest independent importers of fine and specialty teas in the United States. He is a popular speaker on the history of tea and travels across the country lecturing and giving tea tastings. He lives in Connecticut.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks; 1st edition (September 16, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688158080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688158088
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,905,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 1999
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I received this book as a birthday gift from British friends who know I love tea. What a joy it is! The entire history of tea, health benefits, gourmet teas explained, and lots of interesting recipes for tea accompaniments from around the world. It is well written, informative,and a real delight to read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 18, 1999
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This book is great for the beginner looking to explore the world of tea. It covers everything from the origin of tea to best brewing methods. A very good read!
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