Arguably one of the first books to truly take tea seriously, James Norwood Pratt’s Tea Lover’s Treasury came out in 1982 and predated the relatively recent upswing of interest in “fine” teas. If you’re looking for a copy of this book, it can seem a little confusing but (if I’ve got my story straight) it’s really not all that bad.
If you want a copy of the original volume, it shouldn’t be that hard to locate in this age of online shopping convenience. Or you could go with New Tea Lover’s Treasury, which is a revised version of the original that came out around the turn of the century.
But that was hardly the end of it, mind you. In 2012, to celebrate the fact that the book was now thirty years old, Pratt came out with The Ultimate Tea Lover’s Treasury, a 30th anniversary edition that the author “has now re-written completely for the third time in the light of his deepening understanding and love of tea and tea lore.” More at Pratt’s Web site.
While certainly not a tea, by any stretch of the imagination, kombucha is worth mentioning here because it is so often mixed with tea, in the proper sense of the word. For more on exactly what kombucha is, look here. Kombucha Recipes, a recent volume by an unnamed author, was released recently and is a rather brief volume that’s apparently only available in a Kindle version, but at the low, low price of “free” there’s no harm in taking a look.
Over at my own tea site, one of the most surprisingly popular (second only to the list of tea blogs) of the many items I’ve ever posted was a brief overview on how to grow your own tea. I had no idea that there was such a strong interest in this topic but it leads me to believe that the market should be quite good for Homegrown Tea: An Illustrated Guide to Planting, Harvesting, and Blending Teas and Tisanes Paperback, by Cassie Liversidge. Details are a bit sparse about the specifics of this book, aside from what we can infer from the title, but if you’d like to reserve a copy it’s due to hit store shelves in early 2014.
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