While I try to keep up with all of the latest and greatest tea books, it seems that I somehow missed a recent release – The Infusiast: Diatribes From The Devotea, by tea merchant Robert Godden. I won’t say much about it other than to direct you to this review by my Esteemed Editor and to suggest that it win an award for cleverness in titling.

Tea and Treats by Liz Franklin (screen capture from site)

Tea and Treats by Liz Franklin (screen capture from site)

If you’re looking for something a little different to consume along with your tea you might want to give Liz Franklin’s Tea and Treats a try. It “offers 60 recipes matching teas and sweet treats.” The teas run the gamut and the pairings include such matchups as olive leaf tea with pine nut cookies; sweet basil tea with white chocolate and redcurrant brownies; passionfruit and orange tea with sticky oat breakfast bars; and rooibos and vanilla tea with malted milk cookies.

Also on a tea and food related theme, but with a bit of a different spin, is Roy Fong’s Chinese Food & Tea. The author should be well qualified to discourse on the topic, given that he’s an experienced tea guy, owner of a popular Bay Area tea shop who announced not so long ago that he was preparing the join the gradually swelling ranks of American tea farmers.

You might have heard some rumors about tea being good for you. There aren’t a lot of details available yet about Babette Donaldson’s The Everything Healthy Tea Book: Discover the Healing Benefits of Tea but I guess the title is a pretty good indicator of what it’s all about. It’s part of the popular Everything Series of advice and self-help books and the author has also written a number of other books on tea-related topics.

If I’ve got my story straight, chai, as the term is used in India, is synonymous with tea. While the chai that most of us are familiar with, the spiced black tea that probably got its start in India, is more properly known as masala chai. According to the web site of one of the authors, Chai: The Experience of Indian Tea, by Rekha Sarin and Rajan Kapoor, the book will apparently take a look at chai in the wider sense of the word. As the description notes, “It covers the vast panorama of Tea growing areas in India, from Kanchanjunga in Darjeeling to the mystic Nilgiri hills in Kerala.”

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