You can have a good book and a cup of tea. It sounds great, doesn’t it? You may prefer to read your favourite novels while sipping your morning brew. We are the same. We also recommend reading great books about the evolution and history of tea. Nothing is better than learning about tea while enjoying your favourite brews. These are five of my favourite tea books, which I recommend you read with your next cup of tea.
Okakura Kakuzo’s “The book of tea” is a classic. This book explained the Japanese cultural context of tea and was published for the first time in 1906. He also discusses topics like Zen and Taoism. Kakuzo also discusses the lessons that tea taught him, including peace treaties. The book concludes with a discussion of tea masters’ contributions to making tea an art form in Japan.
The elegant and colourful book ‘Tea History, Terroirs and Varieties’ by Francois Marchand, Kevin Gascoyne and Jasmin Desharnais on tea is a beautiful and vibrant work. It is perfect in its content and tasting notes for non-herbal teas. The book follows the authors on their journey around the globe to find the best teas to bring back to Montreal. You can see the photos of quality teas from India, China, Nepal, Vietnam and East Africa.
The book “Ultimate tea lover’s treasury” by James Norwood Pratt is a wonderful read. Pratt’s love for tea is what makes the book come alive. Pratt has done extensive research on tea history, which is apparent in the way he presents these findings. This book will help you learn about the different types of tea as well as the best sources.
The award-winning classic, “The story of tea: A cultural history and drinking guide”, by Mary Lou Heiss & Robert J. Heiss, is a winner. This book is a tea encyclopedia that will help anyone learn the basics of this popular brew. The book covers everything you need to know about tea production, tasting, and the various regions. This book also includes recipes and information about health benefits.
Linda Gaylard’s ‘The Tea Book’ is a fascinating book about tea. This book was only 3 years old, so it has many current topics about the world’s favourite drink. This book covers all aspects of herbal teas. You will want to try the many recipes and steeping notes.
These five books will keep your attention for hours. If reading is not your thing, our teatime colouring book would be a wonderful gift.