Way of Tea: The Sublime Art of Oriental Tea Drinking

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The Way of Tea is a journey back in time to the origins of tea cultivation and Oriental tea ceremonies. It is also a book of advice, describing how to get full pleasure and benefit from tea today. The ways in which we store tealeaves, then prepare and serve this exquisite brew, influence tea's properties and affect its taste and aroma. Master Lam Km Chuen and his wife Kai Sin offer expert guidance on the essentials of the tea serving art. Separate chapters are devoted to . . . The Tea Story—the origins of tea ...

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Overview

The Way of Tea is a journey back in time to the origins of tea cultivation and Oriental tea ceremonies. It is also a book of advice, describing how to get full pleasure and benefit from tea today. The ways in which we store tealeaves, then prepare and serve this exquisite brew, influence tea's properties and affect its taste and aroma. Master Lam Km Chuen and his wife Kai Sin offer expert guidance on the essentials of the tea serving art. Separate chapters are devoted to . . . The Tea Story—the origins of tea cultivation in China, and the spread of tea drinking and tea ceremonies from Asia to Europe, then later to America . . . Cultivating Tea—the many varieties, which fall into general categories of green (non-fermented), oolong (semi-fermented), black/red (fermented), and white teas . . . Preparing and Serving Tea—the importance of correct storage and water purity, and methods of preparation and serving ... Healing Teas—discussion of health benefits of teas, supplemented with approximately 20 recipes that incorporate ginger, lychee, ginseng, dry orange peel, and other healthful ingredients. Modern science has come to recognize many health properties in tea—qualities that tea connoisseurs have known about for centuries. Full-color photos throughout.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780764119682
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.88 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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Master Lam Km Chuen and Lam Kai Sin are also co-authors of a book on Feng Shui cooking. They serve as advisors to the oldest Chinese restaurant in London's West End, The Immortals. Master Lam is a Chinese herbalist by training and a master of the internal energy exercise known as Chi Kung.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 8
Part 1 Tea Story 12
The Discovery of Tea
The Development of Tea in China
Tea-drinking Customs in China
The Spread of Tea from China
Part 2 Cultivating Tea 38
Tea Plants and Their Varieties
Picking the Tea Leaves
Tea Processing Through the Ages
Monkey-picked Tea
White Teas
Yellow Teas
Light Green Teas
Green Teas
Red Teas
Black Teas
Flower Teas
Part 3 Tea Time 72
Water, the Mother of Tea
Heating the Water
Teapots, the Father of Tea
Storing Tea Leaves
The Art of Tea Making
Kung Fu Tea
Part 4 Healing Teas 112
A Culture of Health
Introducing the Healing Teas
Cautions and Uses of Tea
About the Authors 140
Acknowledgments 141
Index 142
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