Tea and books – a combination that for many is right up there with bacon and eggs, tomato and basil, and fish and chips.
When you’re in the mood, there is very little else that can give more pleasure when combined with a good cup of tea than reading an equally good book, and what better subject for said book than tea itself.
If such a thing as a “must have tea book” exists, then for many it will simply have to be James Norwood Pratt‘s “Tea Lover’s Treasury“.
First published in 1982, the author has re-written this work twice to reflect subsequent changes in the teaosphere – firstly in 2000 as “The New Tea Lover’s Treasury“, and then yet again in 2011 as “The Ultimate Tea Lover’s Treasury“.
It’s so detailed and comprehensive a handling of the subject that one can often read of it being used as a training manual and handbook for those making their way in the tea industry.
With chapters covering amongst other topics the history of tea, teaware, tea lore, tea ceremonies and etiquette, and the different types and classes of tea, one can treat this volume as both an invaluable reference tome or as drop-in entertainment.
As with everything from the pen of JNP, almost every sentence, and most certainly every paragraph, contains either a wry and amusing tea related anecdote or a fascinating tea fact, and quite often both. Selected quotations alone would fill a separate good sized book.
In short, a book any true tea aficionado cannot afford to overlook.
Click here to go to “The Ultimate Tea Lover’s Treasury” at Amazon.com.