by Janet Pool
As we bid adieu to Old Man Winter and welcome spring, nothing provides more pleasure than the combination of a great book alongside a favorite cup of tea. With a variety of selections from noted authors James Norwood Pratt, Laura Childs, and Joanne Fluke, readers are sure to find an enjoyable, informative, and engrossing read.
For inquiring minds seeking to increase their knowledge of tea, there’s no one better to turn to than ‘tea sage’ James Norwood Pratt. His highly acclaimed books The Ultimate Tea Lover’s Treasury and Tea Dictionary provide a wealth of tea information in a reader-friendly format. Recently updated, the 30th anniversary edition of ‘The Ultimate Tea Lover’s Treasury’ while concise, comprehensively shares “the romance, wonder & practice of humanity’s favorite habit.” Beginning with the earliest discovery of tea, Pratt’s elaboration of customs, history, tea names, blends and the rituals of tea preparation are enlightening. Tea is “a miracle of vegetation that has become a treasure of the world as medicine, beverage, currency and communion – the wellspring of empires, industries and arts.” The embodiment of southern charm, Pratt’s graciousness makes readers feel ‘right at home’ while sharing his personal tea traditions and journey.
Pratt’s Tea Dictionary provides a perfect complement to The Ultimate Tea Lover’s Treasury. “Designed as a handbook for the international tea trade but intended to be accessible and useful to tea lovers of every description, this is the first work in English to include Chinese characters for tea names wherever possible. We define terms for cultivation, manufacture, tasting, trading, marketing and classification, with an abundance of botany, business, history, folklore, and deep trivia.” Along with listings and descriptions of teas, the author has included “almost all the gardens and place names…worth listing.” Tea aficionados will appreciate the inclusion of tea quotes, tea etymology, tea maps, and an extensive tea timeline up to and including the 21st century. With gorgeous photographs interspersed throughout, both of Pratt’s books are sure to become ‘must have’ resources for tea libraries everywhere.
Janet Pool, from Round Rock, TX, enjoys reading, traveling with her husband, paper crafts and, of course, anything related to tea!
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