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Tea Sommelier Hardcover – October 22, 2013


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About the Author

Photographer Fabio Petroni specializes in portraits and still lifes. Over the years he has photographed leading Italian celebrities, and he now works with top advertising agencies where he handles the publications of some important Italian brands. His books with White Star include Horses: Master Portraits, Mutt's Life!, Cocktails, and Supercats! He lives and works in Milan.
 
Gabriella Lombardi attended university in Granada, Spain, where she became enamored of tea and its rituals thanks to the city's numerous teterias or tearooms. When she returned to Italy, Gabriella worked as an advertising sales agent until, in 2010, she realized her dream by opening the Chà Tea Atelier, the first shop in Milan specializing in the tasting and sale of quality tea. She regularly visits China to learn more about the art of tea making and to increase her expertise in the cultures where this extraordinary beverage originated. Tea Sommelier is her first book. Gabriella lives and works in Milan.  
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: White Star Publishers (October 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8854407674
  • ISBN-13: 978-8854407671
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,091,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great reference book that even a non tea drinker would enjoy.
Alice's Friend
Even though it has the look and incredible photography of a coffee table book, it is loaded with useful information.
Amanda Wilson 'SoggyEnderman'
Therefore, I bought a copy for my colleague who will be moving out of the country.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Wilson 'SoggyEnderman' on August 17, 2014
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Today's tea is not one you drink with your mouth, but one you drink with your mind. Ok, you can drink your tea book if you really want to, but as much as I love the smell of paper, I do not think it tastes the best. The other day when I posted on Twitter that I was thinking about reviewing the tea books I own (and ones I can get at my library) I asked if anyone had any requests...and the response was 'my favorite' which is a challenge in itself!

Tea Sommelier by Gabriella Lombardi and Fabio Petroni just might fill that bill. When I first saw this book last Christmas while browsing at Barnes and Noble I knew I had to add it to my collection, I flipped through it every time I visited the bookstore (which is a lot, Ben and my favorite dates always end up with us at a bookstore...we have a thing for books) and waiting till the price on Amazon dropped to something I could afford. I just procured this book for my collection last week, and I am pleased as punch, because it is a beauty!

Looks alone do not make a book, unless it is a book that is specifically about visuals, which this one is not. Even though it has the look and incredible photography of a coffee table book, it is loaded with useful information. Tea Sommelier approaches the art of sipping tea very much so like it is an art and from a professional taster's perspective. Borrowing much of the jargon from the Wine Sommelier world and shaping it to fit the world of tea.

The book is divided into a typical brief introduction on the history of tea, the tea plant itself, various methods of preparing tea, a decent sized section on professional tea tasting (including ISO cupping standards) a whopping 135 pages devoted to different kinds of tea, and lastly a colorful selection of gourmet recipes.
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A great book for anyone who loves tea. I bought this book for a colleague who is a true tea lover as she purchases her tea from Mariage Freres. She was so taken with this book that it will become part of her permanent library. The book was quite artistic but also was very educational as well. I also have a copy and I loved it. Therefore, I bought a copy for my colleague who will be moving out of the country. I feel this book is a must for anyway who loves tea and wishes to display a very artistic representation of the art and enjoyment of tea.
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The most beautiful tea book that I own. I have a good size collection of tea books, of many types, but, by far, this is the most beautiful one. It is a perfect coffee table book that will be enjoyed by those who are not just tea connoisseurs. The photography is beautiful and there is also useful information. It is a must have book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 6, 2014
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Amazing, highly recommended.
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