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[Review for previous edition:] A heavily illustrated compendium on non-herbal tea, rich in anti-oxidants and with proven medical benefits... The four writers of this book own The Camellia Sinensis Tea House in Montreal and work as tasters, traveling the world looking for teas... Topics include a primer on tea, varieties, processing, cultivars, making-serving-tasting tea, tea ceremonies, and tea in cooking (with 15 recipes by Quebecois chefs)... The downside to this book: nothing, really -- it is a very comprehensive book.The upside to this book: great pictures and layout. (Dean Tudor Gothic Epicures 2012-01-02)

[Review for previous edition:] A pretty and enjoyable book with an affordable price and some practical uses for tea drinkers. (Book News 2012-10-01)

[Review for previous edition:] Beautifully illustrated... While there is no shortage of tea-related tomes, this definitive guide will appeal to die-hard tea enthusiasts interested in learning about the modern, global industry as well as the history and enjoyment of this ubiquitous beverage. (Rosemarie Lewis, Georgetown County Library Library Journal 2012-01-15)

[Review for previous edition:] A pretty and enjoyable book with an affordable price and some practical uses for tea-drinkers. (Reference and Research Book News 2012-10-01)

[Review for previous edition:] This book is quite impressive, well researched, and complete with numerous photographs illustrating the beauty and wonder of tea and tea processing around the world. Interesting and enjoyable. (Tea House Times 2012-04-01)

[Review for previous edition:] The reference work we've been waiting for has arrived: a comprehensive, but not-too-weighty, one-volume coverage of the world's teas, abundantly and beautifully illustrated with photos of exceptional quality, fascinating graphs, and fairly good maps. The organization of this huge body of factual material will make students most grateful. (James Norwood Pratt TeaTime 2012-04-01)

(An) in-depth look at various aspects of this widely consumed beverage.... Photographs appear on almost every page. (Terry Peters North Shore News 2014-09-01)

About the Author

Kevin Gascoyne, Francois Marchand, Jasmin Desharnais and Hugo Americi are professional tea tasters from Montreal, Quebec, who own the Camellia Sinensis Tea House and travel the world working with growers of the best tea.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; 2 edition (December 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770853197
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770853195
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book largely because I wanted to know what the heck a terroir is...

No, that's not quite right. I bought this book because I've been drinking gallons of tea every week for years without a real appreciation for its history, cultivation or production. I'd tried quite a wide variety of teas, all loose leaf of course, without taking any tasting notes, and while I had a vague idea of what I preferred and the differences between different varieties of teas I certainly couldn't talk at length about things like the degree of oxidization oolongs are subjected to. Instead of picking up knowledge bit by bit I wanted to really sit down and learn about it. This book takes you on quite a tour -- through the history of tea along with detailed sections on China, Japan, Taiwan & India and shorter sections on other tea-producing regions, following up with a guide to preparation and some recipes.

It's also a beautiful book, peppered with gorgeous pictures of every step of tea production and interviews, and well worth the money.
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This is one of the best modern surveys of tea that I've seen, and I will modestly say that I have seen them all. You will not, for instance, find many descriptions of the Japanese senchado brewing method anywhere else- it's been virtually unknown outside Japan. A very visual book with lots of information about tea and explanations of little known tea accessories, it's tea porn for the tea lover. And for the lover of books about tea.
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Not pretentious at all, super informative and interesting read. Also not latent with false health promises and bogus tea health claims. I love how it's more well-researched than other tea books I've read. Fantastic for people starting to get into teas.
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If you are looking for a book on tea that is not as expensive or concise as "Tea Sommelier" for example, then this would be an excellent choice. This is a good size paperback but is thorough in both textual presentation and photos. While the photos may not be as artistic as those found in the above mentioned option, they are still excellent. This book contains far more textual information than you would find in more books on this topic. Charts and graphs at the end present the chemical make up of each kind of tea. The amount of caffeine in each kind of tea or the amount of antioxidants are clearly charted. Texture, taste, color, and history of each kind of tea is presented. How to prepare is covered. The correct water temperature is indicated. The global areas that grow tea are discussed. Regional differences are detailed. The Terroirs of tea are analyzed in relation to the characteristics of each type. This is a very detailed book. It's too bad that hardcover is out of print.
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I really enjoyed this tea book. Nice book on history, types of tea, practical advice on tea preparation, etc. There are some really wonderful pictures throughout the book that really bring the topics to life.
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Lovely book. Beautiful photos, as in depth as I wanted. I love history and cultural differences. This has a nice blend of history and cultural use and explanations of types of teas and their uses. If you want a basic guide, this may seem to in depth, I love it though because it is.
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I came across this book by accident, read the reviews, and decided on buying it on a whim. It is everything the reviewers claimed! Very informative, beautifully illustrated and well organized. It does overlap in some of the information contained in the Tea Sommelier, but they are very different kinds of books. This book provides more of a broad overview of tea cultivation, harvesting and processing which is not included in the other book.
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This is a lovely, informative book that is interesting and easy to read. If you are a tea drinker, this book enhances every cup of tea you drink by knowing the history and geography of each type of tea.
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