- Paperback: 187 pages
- Publisher: China Books & Periodicals Inc.; 1st edition (September 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0835121941
- ISBN-13: 978-0835121941
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,867,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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All the Tea in China Paperback – September, 1990
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This lavishly illustrated book explores both the historical lore of tea in China, Japan, and the West and the health and aesthetic virtues of the beverage. Chow and Kramer draw on English-language secondary literature and their experiences in China to argue that tea is at least as worthy of studious appreciation as wine, and they bolster this claim with intriguing descriptions of 50 famous Chinese teas. The authors also describe the role of tea-houses in China today, tell where and how to buy the unusual varieties they describe ("Lushan Cloud and Mist," "Green Snail Spring," etc.), give hints on how to brew a "nice cup of tea," and even tell how to get the most out of a tea bag! A charming and informative addition to any library collection.
-Charles W. Hayford, Northwestern Univ., Evanston, Ill.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Rediscover teas roots and you will see where our society is going, the behavior of man does not change but the history as told by the authors explains ancient practices, in trade routes and it's cultural impact.
I like to read a few pages with my morning Puh-er Tea and think of ancient Chinese tea traders, their customs and behavior over the ages.
However, in recent decades, people find out the health benefits of drinking tea, green, oolong or black. It help create bottle tea industry.
This book gives a comprehensive overview on the tea tradition from the creation, to history and the tea ceremony. With the knowledge from the book in making a cup of nice tea, the reader will surely duplicate and elevate the tea drinking pleasure in the same poem:
The first cup caresses my dry lips and throat,
The second shatters the walls of my lonely sadness,
The third searches the dry rivulets of my soul to find the stories of five thousand scrolls.
With the fourth the pain of past injustice vanished through my pores,
The fifth purifies my flesh and hone,
With the sixth, I am in touch with the immortals.
The seventh gives such pleasure I can hardly bear.
The fresh wind blows through my wings
As I make my way to Penglai (Paradise)
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The reader of 2010 may find it difficult to forgive the occasional innacuracies and miss the sense of wonder the book originally carried. Reading this book even in the late 90's was like reading the account of Marco Polo's journey: learning about strange and wonderful teas you never knew existed, that you couldn't find attested anywhere else and for which you had only Chow & Kramer's word. That said, it is a wonderful little book that covers most of the basics of Chinese tea, and, if the reader will forgive the occasional minor inaccuracy or somewhat outdated fact, he will likely find it very enjoyable.
The book is obviously an imitation of John Blofeld's "The Chinese Art of Tea", which is an excellent book on the subject of Chinese tea. This book even copied the format of "The Chinese Art of Tea" by inserting small drawings in the margins, and they also copied the teahouse section of "The Chinese Art of Tea". The only thing they forgot to copy was all the good information.
The section in this book on tea brewing, entitled "How to Make a Nice Cup of Tea", provides instructions on making tea that could only be used to make tea for your dogs. The book does not explain any of the Chinese brewing methods, it seems like the authors just read the back of a Lipton box and copied into their book. If you are interested in Chinese tea, it is much better to find a few good websites on Chinese tea than to buy this book. Anybody who has even a small amount of knowledge of Chinese tea can see that this book is very badly made.