A Time for Tea

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Jason Goodwin takes the reader on an adventurous journey through the serpentine paths of the tea trade-from China to India to London. Evoking both past and present in this lively and intriguing traveler's journal, he traces the development of the tea trade from its origins in Canton factories through the Opium Wars and the settlement of British India. His travels take him from the lost European cities of the China coast to inland China, to Calcutta, to India's high tea gardens in Bohea and Darjeeling. Full of historical and personal detail, A Time for Tea is highly informative, funny, and original. This is more than a travelogue, it is the soul of economic development.

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"Jason Goodwin had the imaginative, eccentric, totally admirable idea of making a journey round the history of Tea. . . . Sipping here, sniffing there, climbing to inspect a rare variety in the Chinese mountains, trying to keep pace in a Calcutta auction room, picking over Asia's tea leaves with merchants in Fuzhou and Cochin and Mincing Lane, Goodwin analyses the perfect blend." —Nicholas Wollaston, The Observer
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Armchair travelers and tea connoisseurs will welcome English writer Goodwin's lively treatise cum travel book on the cultivation and trade of tea. Starting in southern China, where cha originated as the drink of emperors, he follows the trail to today's English cottages and London drawing rooms. Each distinctive blend of tea is credited with unique medical and other properties, from rare lc per web oolong picked from 1000-year-old bushes to Darjeeling, grown in the gardens of Assam and traded at the world's largest tea auctions in monsoon-drenched cosmopolitan Calcutta. In each region Goodwin also observed the special rituals and appurtenances used to serve tea. The author interweaves wonderfully sensual evocations of place and offbeat encounters with the historical and economic roles of tea in lands that produce it, while also surveying the influence of tea trade on international relations. (Sept.)
Library Journal
London-based writer Goodwin gives an eccentric and personal account of the tea trade as he travels to China, India, and back to his homeland. He recounts the origins of cha (tea) in the Canton factories and retraces the steps of past tea chroniclers. He cons his way past bureaucratic gatekeepers and journeys into the tea mountains of Wuyi and the furthest reaches of Darjeeling. What John McPhee did for oranges ( Oranges , LJ 2/1/67) and more recently John Feltwell did for silk ( Story of Silk , LJ 5/1/91), Goodwin has done for tea in a book that is at once history, curious lore, and brilliant travel writing. Highly recommended.-- Douglas W. Coo per, Randolph-Macon Coll., Ashland, Va.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560004523
  • Publisher: Transaction Large Print
  • Publication date: 12/1/2000
  • Edition description: LARGEPRINT
  • Pages: 410
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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