Tea: The Drink that Changed the World

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Tuttle Publishing, May 15, 2007 - Cooking - 247 pages
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This book is a fascinating history of tea and the spreading 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, black 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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This book is absolutely terrible if you want to learn accurate history of tea. I have no idea how this got past the editor and even got a second version released? Did nobody bother to check her writing, not even the writer herself? She literally cites people and uses the wrong name, or claims the most outlandish theories and stories as truth. I know this isn't an academic work, but it's just got too many mistakes to overlook. Treat it as a fanciful storybook instead of an accurate history. 

About the author (2007)

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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