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Tea by Lydia Gautier
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This book is a great encouragement to one who wishes to develop their palette in appreciation of tea. It's a hefty volume full of big photos and tons of info about the sensory experience of tea.

Curiously, it doesn't have an index. I wondered about that. I like to judge a tea book by what it says about Puerh, and this one doesn't do too bad a job.

A couple Puerhs are mentioned as Grand Cru teas to be tasted, along with 34 others. So the book passes the test as being rather complete.
  jasonwitt | Oct 29, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0811856828, Hardcover)

Prepare for a richly exotic voyage across continents and centuries in this in-depth exploration of the world of tea. Like wine, tea has its own prestigious growing regions and plantations where are produced refined, noble, and modern varieties as distinctive as the terroir on which they are grown. This impressive volume follows the trade routes of the familiar yet mysterious tea leaf, from the origins of cultivation in China to Japan's legendary tea ceremony to the ritual of afternoon tea in the U.K. Practical advice describes the benefits of tea in the diet, the optimum brewing temperature, and precise measurements for steeping the perfect cup. Profiles of the Grand Crus of tea (32 worldwide varieties) plus recipes that pair well with tea or have tea as an ingredient are also featured. Rich and sumptuous photographs lead us through this ancient but still contemporary pursuit that reaches from remote Asian villages to exotic islands to today's modern cities. Tea is a book to be savored with all the senses.

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