Tea: The Drink that Changed the World

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This book is a fascinating history of tea and the spread of tea throughout the world

Camellia sinensis, commonly known as tea, is grown in tea gardens and estates around the world. A simple beverage, served either hot or iced, tea has fascinated and driven us, calmed and awoken us, for well over two thousand years.

The most extensive and well presented tea history available, Tea: The Drink that Changed the World tells of the rich legends and ...

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Overview

This book is a fascinating history of tea and the spread of tea throughout the world

Camellia sinensis, commonly known as tea, is grown in tea gardens and estates around the world. A simple beverage, served either hot or iced, tea has fascinated and driven us, calmed and awoken us, for well over two thousand years.

The most extensive and well presented tea history available, Tea: The Drink that Changed the World tells of the rich legends and history surrounding the spread of tea throughout Asia and the West, as well as its rise to the status of necessity in kitchens around the world. From the tea houses of China's Tang Dynasty (618-907), to fourteenth century tea ceremonies in Korea's Buddhist temples' to the tea plantations in Sri Lanka today, this book explores and illuminates tea and its intricate, compelling history.

Topics in Tea: The Drink that Changed the World include:

  • From Shrub to Cup: and Overview.
  • History and Legend of tea.
  • Tea in Ancient China and Korea.
  • Tea in Ancient Japan.
  • The Japanese Tea Ceremony.
  • Tea in the Ming Dynasty.
  • Tea Spreads Throughout the World.
  • The British in India, China and Ceylon.
  • Tea in England and the United States.
  • Tea Today and Tomorrow.

Whether you prefer green tea, back tea, white tea, oolong tea, chai, Japanese tea, Chinese tea, Sri Lankan tea, American tea or British tea, you will certainly enjoy reading this history of tea and expanding your knowledge of the world's most celebrated beverage.
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Editorial Reviews

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"It's this unveiling of both the sordid and sublime elements of tea's evolution that make the book such a fantastically riveting read—one served best with a bottomless cup of your most beloved blend." —Conscious Choice

"Tea: The Drink That Changed the World is an engaging and offbeat exploration of the rise of tea around the world." —Tea: A Magazine

"Martin uses both anecdotes and practical information to tell the story of tea's route through history."—Fresh Cup magazine

"As a tea lover, I really enjoyed this one. Martin starts with the legends about the discovery of tea, then follows it through China (where it was originally a bitter drink prized mostly as a stimulant) to the discovery baking and drying it would make it taste good. What followed was a mix of steady growth, coupled with more than a few dark sides..." —Goodreads

From the Publisher
"It's this unveiling of both the sordid and sublime elements of tea's evolution that make the book such a fantastically riveting readùone served best with a bottomless cup of your most beloved blend."—Conscious Choice

"Tea: The Drink That Changed the World is an engaging and offbeat exploration of the rise of tea around the world."—Tea: A Magazine

"Martin uses both anecdotes and practical information to tell the story of tea's route through history."—Fresh Cup magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804837248
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Edition description: Hardcover with Jacket
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 644,000
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Author, illustrator, and storyteller Laura C. Martin has written over twenty books, and is the garden editor for both Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Magazine and Georgia Magazine. She lives in Atlanta, GA.

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