Recent and Upcoming Tea Books 7

How should one conduct oneself at a tea party? Well, if you're going to learn how I guess the key is to start young. Which is where a book like Tea Party Rules, by Ame Dyckman, might come in handy. It's geared at tea partiers aged 3-5 and is described as a "laugh-out-loud funny look …

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The Tea Trade, Circa 1834 – The Book

By the time 1834 rolled around the British had been drinking tea for a couple centuries and tea had gone from being a precious commodity that was only available to those with deep pockets to something resembling the national icon that's so beloved to this day. The British were just beginning to explore the notion …

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Recent and Upcoming Tea Books VI

The general consensus has always seemed to be that tea is a more contemplative type of drink than jittery coffee or than most other drinks, for that matter. Perhaps a lot of this is due to the theanine in tea, a compound that's said to promote relaxation, or perhaps it's the deliberate nature of the …

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Ceylon & Her Planting Enterprize

For tea lovers the island nation of Sri Lanka is probably best known as a producer of a type of tea known as Ceylon - which was the former name of the country. But it wasn't always so. Prior to about 1870, coffee was actually one of the main crops grown there and tea was …

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Recent and Upcoming Tea Books II – The Forgotten

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 …

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“Chinese Method of Preparing the Different Sorts of Tea” by Alexis-Marie de Rochon

Have you ever found yourself wishing for an article that was translated from French into English and published in a Scottish magazine on the topic of how the Chinese prepare tea? Well, funny you should mention it. I've got just the thing for you. The Scots Magazine got underway in 1739 and it still publishing …

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“Tea Machinery, and Tea Factories – The Book” by Alexander James Wallis-Tayler

Writers of yesteryear were hardly known for being economical when it came to their book titles and Alexander James Wallis-Tayler was no exception. His 1900 work, Tea Machinery, and Tea Factories: A Descriptive Treatise on the Mechanical Appliances Required in the Cultivation of the Tea Plant and the Preparation of Tea for the Market, might …

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Book Review: The China Tea Book

I've run across a few tea books in my time and, while it's only a rather modest 212 pages in all, Luo Jialin's The China Tea Book takes the cake when it comes to sheer bulk. I don't think I've ever run across a heftier volume on tea, and it would certainly qualify as coffee …

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On the Tea Cultivation in Western Ssŭch’uan: and, The Tea Trade With Tibet viâ Tachienlu

If you want to get an idea of the history and customs of certain countries (especially India and China) during certain periods of time you could do a lot worse than to read some of the many books about tea that have been written over the years. I've reviewed many of these books in these …

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“Tea Planting in the Outer Himalayah” by Alexander Thorburn McGowan

It's not just a job. It's an adventure. We know it best as the slogan for the United States Navy. But it probably could have worked just as well about a century and a half ago for those hardy Britishers who left their homeland and made their way to India to become tea planters. One …

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