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Green Tea: 50 Hot Drinks, Cool Quenchers, And Sweet And Savory Treats

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Enjoyed by millions the world over for two millennia as a soothing, fragrant hot drink, green tea has steadily gained popularity in recent years. Those looking for ways to experiment with this hip, healthy, and delicious beverage will find 50 sweet and savory recipes and beautiful color photos in Mary Lou Heiss’s Green Tea. Included are recipes for everything from classic hot and iced green teas to fruit smoothies, cocktails, entrées, and desserts. Warm up with Chrysanthemum Harmony Green Tea or Cinnamon-Star ...

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Green Tea: 50 Hot Drinks, Cool Quenchers, And Sweet And Savory Treats

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Overview

Enjoyed by millions the world over for two millennia as a soothing, fragrant hot drink, green tea has steadily gained popularity in recent years. Those looking for ways to experiment with this hip, healthy, and delicious beverage will find 50 sweet and savory recipes and beautiful color photos in Mary Lou Heiss’s Green Tea. Included are recipes for everything from classic hot and iced green teas to fruit smoothies, cocktails, entrées, and desserts. Warm up with Chrysanthemum Harmony Green Tea or Cinnamon-Star Anise Green Tea, and find cool refreshment in Toasted Coconut Iced Green Tea or with a Green Tea, Watermelon, and Pear Smoothie. Green tea serves as a terrific ingredient in mixed drinks like the pomegranate-infused Tropical Sky. Rounding out this collection is a selection of savory and sweet food recipes, including Spicy Green Tea–Rubbed Grilled Salmon and White Chocolate–Green Tea Ice Cream.

In addition to the versatility of this beverage, medical research has proven that drinking green tea can have significant health benefits such as lowering blood pressure, bolstering immunity, protecting skin from free-radical damage, and reducing the incidence of cancer. It contains fluoride, helping to reduce the risk of cavities, and has also been shown to help maintain a healthy digestive tract.

In Green Tea, enthusiasts will learn information on the history of green tea and how to select, purchase, brew, and store it. No matter how it’s served, green tea is guaranteed to calm the mind and stimulate the palate with its unique, timeless flavor.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“An enthusiastic and comprehensive look at one of our favorite subjects—green tea. Mary Lou Heiss writes with a sincere appreciation for the nuances of green tea, from its extensive history to brewing basics to a great selection of inventive recipes.”
—Tom Lisicki, president and CEO of The Stash Tea Company, Portland, Oregon
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558322981
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/25/2006
  • Series: 50 Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,401,824
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Lou Heiss is co-owner and specialty foods buyer for Cooks Shop Here, a gourmet food shop in western Massachusetts. An enthusiastic chef and world traveler, Mary Lou has filled her store for the last thirty years with authentic international coffees, teas, and foods, demonstrating a passionate understanding of their rich historical and cultural origins. The store benefits from Mary Lou’s frequent trips to Asia to collect an incredible variety of teas, which she sells in her store and through her website, CooksShopHere.com. Mary Lou is a member of Culinary Historians of Boston, Tea Council of the USA, International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), and California Olive Oil Council (COOC). She frequently gives lectures on tea, tea gardens, world cultures, Asian/world cuisines, and olive oil. When she is not traveling the world, Mary Lou lives in Massachusetts with her husband.

Visit Heiss’ blog, An Educated Palate, AnEducatedPalate.BlogSpot.com.

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Introduction

In China and Japan, green tea is the fuel that drives and invigorates the daily lives of millions. From early morning until late at night, cups of fresh, fragrant green tea poured from steaming teapots provide an uplifting and relaxing break from the hectic pace of daily life. Much like westerners and their beloved cups of coffee, many Asians never let their lidded cups of tea stray too far from sight.

Today, as in the past, housewives, students, workers, and travelers rely on the social pleasures of the local teahouse to provide a calm and meditative place for relaxing or catching up with a friend on the latest news. Accompanied by simple snacks, a modest cup of green tea soothes away the rough edges of the day and connects the drinker with social and cultural traditions of tea drinking that have endured for centuries.

The culture of green tea drinking in China and Japan goes beyond mere refreshment, as it is meant to engage and delight the senses through careful attention to both the preparation and the drinking of the tea. Much has been written by Chinese monks and Japanese Zen scholars to underscore the necessity for ritual in tea preparation. Additionally, writers and poets enthusiastically note the pleasures one can expect from drinking a cup of this tranquil, liquid jade.

Even with today’s busy schedules, the classical nature of tea drinking in China and Japan is still respected. Tea drinking in Asia involves more than just the drinking of tea. The cups, water, room decorations, and sounds—or absence of sounds—are all important, and were deemed so in the Tang Dynasty. It is these elements that give tea its "classical nature." For the tea drinker, the sound of hot tea being poured from teapot to cup is reminiscent of pure, clean water gently coursing in a rocky stream. The translucent golden-green color of the tea in the hollow of a teacup should be visually pleasing, and the shape and design of the teacup should be engaging and feel good in the hand. The fragrance of the tea should stimulate the palate in anticipation of the flavor of the brew, which, upon tasting, should be delicate and fresh, reminding one of the cool, misty mountain of its origin.

Light in flavor, lower in caffeine than black tea or coffee, clean and contemporary in style, green tea is the beverage of choice for more than half the world’s population. Twenty-somethings worldwide seem to find that the essence of green tea is more to their liking than black tea, and are spreading the idea that green tea is "not your grandmother’s cup of tea." Consumption of this pleasing beverage is spiraling upward in the West. Americans are challenging the popularity of traditional black tea by embracing the numerous styles of green tea available in specialty tea shops and from online tea merchants. Additionally, bottled green tea beverages are gaining a larger presence on grocers’ shelves, and cafés and restaurants continue to add more choices of green tea. Green tea is the perfect, easy-to-brew, and delicious beverage of choice for a new generation of tea drinkers. It’s healthful as well: medical research is finding that drinking three to four cups of green tea a day may help to reduce blood pressure, bolster immunity, protect skin from free-radical damage, and lower the incidence of cancer.

Hot or iced, plain or with spice or citrus, green tea is one of life’s simple and satisfying pleasures. Adopt an Asian attitude and enjoy the many delights of this timeless beverage.

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