The Tea Book

This week we’re reading a delightful adult nonfiction that covers the history of one of the world’s most popular beverages: tea! With wit, world experience, and a love for one of the most history-changing beverages ever, Louise Cheadle and Nick Kilby (owners of the company teapigs) bring us their wonderful manifesto and historical compendium all in one simply titled The Tea Book: All Things Tea.

Summary: Looked at as one of the most versatile beverages in the world, tea is not only a refreshing drink but is also an inherent part of cultures from all around the world. From the UK’s traditional teas that make one think of high royalty or the social custom of drinking in the Middle East to the unique yak butter/salt tea drink of the Himalayas, there is no shortage of history to tea. The Tea Book is packed with more than just worldwide knowledge about tea however – it also serves as a recipe book and an instructional manual. Enjoy your own tea-smoked duck breasts or indulge in a slice of Jewish Honey Cake as you learn about the growth and careful packaging of tea leaves. No matter where you come from or how new you are to tea, by the time you’re done, you’ll be wondering why you haven’t been drinking tea sooner.

My Thoughts: I’ve been drinking tea from a young age, but I never knew quite as much about it as I do now that I’ve read this wonderful book. Packed with colorful illustrations, whimsical graphics, and gorgeous photographs of tea shops from around the world, this is a book that every tea-drinker should read at least once. If you’ve ever had a curiosity about the beverage or dabbled in tea-tasting yourself, this is the book for you.

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