It’s a bit of a misnomer this time around – that title. As I was doing research for the last edition of this column I ran across several books that weren’t in the recent and upcoming category but that I didn’t recall encountering before. So, without any further ado, here are a few of these titles.
Aaron Fisher is probably better known for The Way of Tea, which I reviewed here last year. But in 2009 he also published Tea Wisdom: Inspirational Quotes and Quips About the World’s Most Celebrated Beverage. As the name suggests it’s a collection of all of those clever things about tea that you wish you’d said. Much like Fisher’s The Way of Tea, Solala Towler’s Cha Dao: The Way of Tea, Tea as a Way of Life, first published in 2010, also takes a more contemplative look at tea and tea culture than most volumes. See a review here.
It’s hardly recent, given that it was published about fifteen years ago, but Serendipitea: A Guide To The Varieties, Origins, And Rituals Of Tea is worth a look even so. Author Tomislav Podreka is the founder of his own tea company and in this volume he “elucidates the history and characteristics of teas around the world in this truly lovely little book,” among other things. Speaking of contemplative, you can’t get much more of said quality than in poetry and in The Hut Beneath the Pine: Tea Poems (2011), award-winning poet Daniel Skach-Mills devotes the entire volume – 32 poems worth – to sketching his thoughts about tea.
The Meaning of Tea: A Tea Inspired Journey, is a 2009 companion volume by Phil Cousineau and Scott Chamberlin Hoyt to the documentary film The Meaning of Tea. Which featured numerous intereviews with people from all segments of the tea world. For those who might be looking for a handbook-styled overview on the topic of tea there are many such works out there, including the Little Book of Tea (2001), by Kitti Cha Sangmanee.
Unless you only drink single-estate teas, there’s a good chance that much of the tea you’re drinking is blended from a number of varieties. If you’d like to take a crack at doing this yourself, you might find some value in Tea for You: Blending Custom Teas to Savor and Share (2009), by Tracy Stern. Last up, is Tea & Etiquette: Taking Tea for Business and Pleasure (2009), by Dorothea Johnson and Bruce Richardson. As the publisher’s description promises, it “is filled with advice that will guide you through planning your next social and business tea.” Pinkies up!
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