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Tea: History, Terroirs, Varieties Paperback – December 12, 2013
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[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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a tea enthusiast, this is a fantastic book for non-beginners. It is detailed and provides a ton of interesting information on exotic teas that you wouldn't find at a Starbucks. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jen W.
Excellent book for beginners or maybe expert can find something new in here as well, the book is actually packed with knowledge ans useful information. No fluff here.Published 3 months ago by JS Texas
It is a good starter book for the casual reader. With the plethora of tea varieties, it would have been nice to have more info on the common to the seasonal to the rarest.Published 4 months ago by ukkospilvi
The book details origins of tea through times. Nicely illustrated, well explained, an easy read with interesting and instructive information.Published 7 months ago by Katarina Bakerova