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The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide

by Mary Lou Heiss

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The Story of Tea was written by Mary Lou Heiss and Robert J. Heiss. It was published in 2007 by Ten Speed Press. It is mainly a history and how-to book instead of a cookbook. However, there are several dessert recipes that require tea as an ingrediant. I love this book. It is fun to peruse with your morning coffee or evening hot chocolate. Also, I learned a lot about the tea trade business.

The contents this 417 page book are divided into sections on the history of tea, life of a tea bush. Manufacture, tea trail, brewing the perfect cup, tea customs and culture, health benefits of tea, ethics in the tea trade and cooking with tea. As you can deduce, this book has information on everything tea. I am mainly intersted in the recipes, though. All require tea leaves, not brewed tea. I made the Indian Black Tea, Corn and Mushroom Tea. In addition I made the Lapsang Souchong and Jasmine Tea Ice Cream. All of the ingrediant are easy to find and the mixing directions are simple. Beginning cooks can make these recipes. The soup was delicious but the ice cream did not taste good. If your not interested in the recipes, this book could be a coffee table book.

The Story of Tea is the best book on tea that I have seen to date. I highly recommend it. ( )
  Violette62 | Nov 5, 2011 |
This is the ultimate reference book for tea. There are other rather complete books on tea out there, but nothing like this. It's unmatched by any other tea book.

Tea experts and afficionados tend to consider this book the thorough guide through the tea world that it is. Mary Lou Heiss is one of those experts and has shared her wealth of information with the rest in one volume. An indispensable and definitive resource.
  jasonwitt | Oct 29, 2009 |
Great book, written by tea merchants who travelled to tea countries to get answers to the numerous questions asked by consumers over their 30 years in tea business. They got it, they shared it in concise details, a regal for tea lovers.They offer satisfactory answers to great questions like how is it possible that nowaday anybody can get the once imperial tribute only white tea? They chiseled their sentences, always cautious to be exact and to let the readers draw their own conclusions, good example is their 4 pages on caffeine.
The black OR white type of person won't be satisfied with this book. Words have been carefully chosen, facts clearly exposed, to pay due respect to tea artisans and to let tea drinkers make their final choices, be it for health, authenticity, budget or trends reasons.
1 vote krishh | Jul 27, 2008 |
Who knew tea could be so interesting? The Story of Tea gives insight into how tea is grown and prepared for market, where it came from, and how to make a perfect cup. Clearly, the authors know their tea, and I'm now in search of a local tea merchant to start sampling some of the brews they rave about! ( )
1 vote drneutron | Nov 18, 2007 |
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