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The Book of Herbal Teas: A Guide to Gathering, Brewing, and Drinking Hardcover – November 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1ST edition (November 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811813371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811813372
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For The Book of Herbal Teas, the title tells all. It does not, however, convey the calm and engaging tone of this modest yet comprehensive and refreshingly illustrated volume. The heart of the book is a compendium of everything worth knowing about the 40 most common herbs and other plants used to make tea. Along with botanical and medicinal information, Sara Perry provides a treasure trove of cultural and historical background for each plant. The book provides guidance for growing your own herbs in the garden or indoors, for buying fresh herbs, and for wildcrafting. After explaining decoctions and infusions, Perry also suggests how to use herbs for decorative, cosmetic, and culinary purposes. Paired with a bouquet of herbs or boxes of herbal tea, this book makes an appealing gift.

About the Author

Sara Perry is the author of The Complete Tea Book, Summertime Treats, Christmastime Treats, and Great Gingerbread, all from Chronicle Books. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Christopher Irion is a San Francisco-based photographer.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By merrymousies on November 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a really neat book - it starts out with the history of tea and definitions of different "tea speak" like infusion versus decoction etc. Then it talks to growing/finding and harvesting your own herbs. Then it talks to how to prepare tea and then there are a few recipes. I was expecting more recipes but there are some nice lists that you can just figure out the ratios yourself. For example there's a list of two-herb blends (e.g. bergamot and sweet cecely, chamomile and apple mint etc) - the point of these lists is to give you the basics you need to get more adventurous and create more of your own blends. There are lists for three-herb blends too. The recipes are for more complicated things like making a chai, or making specific teas (there are about 6 recipes like that which are good). Then there are recipes for syrups etc too. The last 50 pages or so are all about the herbs themselves, telling you which parts to use and text on taste, special propoerties, how to grow & harvest that specific herb, and more. Its really a great book. As I mentioned I had expected a book of just recipes but this book is different (and ultimately better I think) in that it gives you the information and some of the baby steps to actually create your own tea blends. Its a lot of fun. Definitely recommend it for anyone who enjoys playing around with herbs, ghrows and herb garden or just loves teas.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Not only is this a lovely book to look at, it is a pleasure to read. Author Sara Perry combines her penchant for research, testing and detail with her calm, gracious writing style. A read through of her herbal tea book is a soothing adventure. Brew a fragrant cuppa and enjoy. Next year, enjoy tea made from the herbs and recipes Sara inspires us to create!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B.W. on January 13, 2011
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This book is great in every way. It is well laid out, the photos are well done and inviting and the book is also easy to follow and very helpful. I enjoy not only the recipes but also the information provided so that I can explore my own concoctions. A great book to look at enjoy and read, perhaps while drinking a cup of tea?
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Beautiful book full of useful information. I've learned how to get better results from my tea making and drinking and in the coming year I will begin to grow some of my own ingredients.
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I adore tea and everything involved in the process of making it! If you feel the same, I highly recommend picking up this book! I'm about halfway through and can't wait to finish it! Will read over and over again, while drinking cups on end. :)
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