Tea: A Global History

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Reaktion Books, Oct 15, 2010 - Cooking - 183 pages
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From chai to oolong to sencha, tea is one of the world’s most popular beverages. Perhaps that is because it is a unique and adaptable drink, consumed in many different varieties by cultures across the globe and in many different settings, from the intricate traditions of Japanese teahouses to the elegant tearooms of Britain to the verandas of the deep South.     

In Tea food historian Helen Saberi explores this rich and fascinating history. Saberi looks at the economic and social uses of tea, such as its use as a currency during the Tang Dynasty and 1913 creation of a tea dance called “Thé Dansant” that combined tea and tango. Saberi also explores where and how tea is grown around the world and how customs and traditions surrounding the beverage have evolved from its legendary origins to its present-day popularity.

Featuring vivid images of teacups, plants, tearooms, and teahouses as well as recipes for both drinking tea and using it as a flavoring, Tea will engage the senses while providing a history of tea and its uses.

  

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Review: Tea: A Global History (The Edible Series)

User Review  - Lynda - Goodreads

One of the best things I have read about tea. Great pictures, some recipes, and information about history of tea trade and ceremonies. Read full review

Review: Tea: A Global History (The Edible Series)

User Review  - Stephanie - Goodreads

This one was a easy and enjoyable read, especially for a tea lover. It touches on the history of tea and the role it has played in a variety of countries both in the past and in current times but ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
7
1 What is Tea?
10
2 China
27
3 Japan Korea and Taiwan
42
4 Caravans and Mediterranean Shores
57
5 Tea Comes to the West
85
6 India Sri Lanka and Indonesia
125
7 Tea Today and Tomorrow
145
Glossary
159
References
165
Select Bibliography
168
Websites and Associations
171
Acknowledgements
173
Photo Acknowledgements
174
Index
176
Copyright

Recipes
148

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About the author (2010)

Helen Saberi is assistant editor of The Oxford Companion to Italian Food. She has traveled extensively and is the author of numerous books about food.

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