“Around the Tea-table” by Thomas De Witt Talmage

Reverend Dr. Thomas De Witt Talmage (1832 - 1902) was one of the more prominent and popular religious leaders of his day. He was also something of a reformer, one who took part in efforts to stamp out various sorts of unsavory behavior, as evidenced in the titles of one of his books - The …

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Recent and Upcoming Tea Books 15

Occasionally I take a look at a book here that I might have overlooked and this time around its Wild Tea Hunter, by JT Hunter, who "has studied with Taoist masters, Buddhist monks, and the tribal people of Yunnan in their mysterious tea cultures." The book currently appears to be available only in an electronic …

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Breakfast, Dinner, and Tea: Viewed Classically, Poetically, and Practically

If you've ever noted some of the weighty titles and subtitles of books that are published nowadays, rest assured that this is hardly a recent trend. Older books equaled or surpassed anything that modern-day publishers and authors can come up with. If you want proof of this then look to the subject of this article, Breakfast, …

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Recent and Upcoming Tea Books 14

A few months ago in this column I mentioned The Tea Sommelier Handbook, a tome that came out in early 2013 and which was co-written by well-known tea person, Jane Pettigrew. If you need any more proof that the concept of tea sommelier is becoming a thing, then consider that a book simply titled Tea …

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Recent and Upcoming Tea Books 13

There is some debate about how old a child should be before they are introduced to the wonders of tea. But you're probably safe in introducing them to books about tea at any age, no matter how young. One good choice in this area might be the Emma Lea books, a series of tea-themed children's …

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Recent and Upcoming Tea Books 12

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 …

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Recent and Upcoming Tea Books 11

The tea books keep coming. Which is a good thing because this would not be much of a monthly column otherwise. Here's the latest batch of new and forthcoming titles. Wine sommeliers have been around for some time now, but the notion of a tea sommelier is a relatively new one. The Tea Sommelier Handbook …

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Book Review: The Tea Cyclopedia

There is a category of tea book I like to call Tea 101. The exact details vary but these works tend to present background on the history of tea, an overview of the types and varieties of tea and the primary regions in which they're grown. Some might look at the processing steps tea goes …

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Who Was Okakura Kakuzo (The Book of Tea Guy)?

Tea is a work of art and needs a master hand to bring out its noblest qualities. We have good and bad tea, as we have good and bad paintings--generally the latter. There is no single recipe for making the perfect tea, as there are no rules for producing a Titian or a Sesson. (Okakura …

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“Home-Grown Tea” by George Frederick Mitchell

It's been noted a number of times in these pages that the United States has never actually been a hotbed of tea production. But there was apparently enough interest in the topic that in 1907, the USDA released Farmers' Bulletin 301 - Home-Grown Tea, by George Frederick Mitchell. It's a brief but interesting work that …

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