Tea: A Global History

Tea A Global History 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

  • Title: Tea: A Global History
  • Author: Helen Saberi
  • ISBN: 9781861897763
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 fooFrom 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 historianHelen 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 Th 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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    1. Would it ever occur to you to pick some leaves, dry them out, steep them in hot water, then drink the darkened liquid?Tea is like bread and beer that way. And (yikes) cheese: the initial discovery is hard to imagine, so it's easy to assume it must have been a happy accident.In any case, it is a global drink with infinite variations: "The Chinese sip it from tiny cups, the Japanese whisk it. In America they serve it iced. The Tibetans add butter."One Tibetan tea, please. What isn't better with bu [...]

    2. As a lover of tea, especially black tea, this book was appealing in its size, photos, and layout. I previously started another book on the history of tea and gave that one up as it was waaaay too much information. This book was manageable to digest information on tea's history throughout the world and touched on its processing in its different forms, i.e. green, black, medicinal, etc. The photos are clear and colorful, some antique and others modern. The book has a small recipe chapter at the en [...]

    3. This book was a really quick and interesting read. As an avid tea drinker I thought it was really interesting to get the history on how the tea we know today became so. Some of the content is fairly common knowledge but I did learn a lot of new things. This is an easy read, written in a very loose conversational style that does not get too textbook-ish but is still really factual. I look forward to reading more in this series (The Edible Series)

    4. i drink & appreciate tea almost on a daily basis and this book made me appreciate tea even more. it enlightens the reader with intricate details such as the discovery of tea, various types of tea, to tea trading, how tea actually rose to popularity, to how each culture appreciates and enjoys their tea, and the creation of high tea. every tea lover should read this book.

    5. A brief, but very interesting history of tea. It is definitely pack full of information, and there is certainly something new to learn from reading it. If you are an avid tea drinking, I'd recommend perusing this book.

    6. 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 manages a good balance between giving enough information to keep the reader interested but without bogging down the writing or trying to sound like a text book. The only downside is that author does skip Africa and South America, mostly focusing on Europe, Asia, North America and Australia. Even if thes [...]

    7. Another lovely entry in the Reaktion Edible Series, exploring the domestication of a camellia into a plant which, from the specific variety, terroir and method of processing gives us the wide range of teas available. Saberi conducts a wide ranging tour of tea--the political and econonomic implications of the silk road, clipper ships and tea trading companies, the Zen connections of the Japanese tea ceremony, social classes and English high and low tea, tea and prohibition, tea dances, tea and ce [...]

    8. This book is great for tea lovers. There are beautiful photos of leaves, tea ceremonies, tea-houses and whatnot. And, Saberi goes into great detail about the difference between the cultivation and consumption of tea in various countries, including brewing practices and pruning methods. Obviously, it's boring but if you get through this and memorize some of the key terms, you might impress some older folks at a dinner party. I will revisit this book again at some point because it will make me tha [...]

    9. The Edible Series is terrific. This is the weakest title in the series that I have read. It has been constructed as a conventional chronological narrative, with 'facts' following 'facts.' Interpretation is lacking. It is a 'global history,' well chronological narrative. But the non-Chinese and non-European tea producers and consumers are granted a few token pages.For such an important topic - with colonial history written over and through it - this book could have been stronger, wider and deeper [...]

    10. Part of Reaktion's Edible series. Be warned, this is very brief. It does its best, but the point of the series is to give an introduction to the history of a food item in 150 pages or so. If that's all you want or need, or if you've read other, more in depth books about tea, you'll probably enjoy this one. It's nicely written and illustrated. But if you've never read a history of tea, or if you want more information, you may find this one frustrating.

    11. Not exactly what I was looking for, but it was interesting. Only 65% or so of the book is text though. There is a great deal of references and additional resources listed. I appreciate that and hope there is something to lead me to what I AM looking for, but not everyone may. To be honest, if I wasn't reading this for work, I probably wouldn't. I also liked the recipe section. It had some interesting ones.

    12. A little dry. Felt more like I had decided to take a self study course on tea rather than an interesting romp through tea history like some books I've read. Good information but sometimes too granular and sometimes too skim-over-the-topic. Probably good for someone who wants a 101 level college course type thing. Still a college course but still entry level.

    13. I have a huge variety of tea, and I really enjoy learning where these types of tea came from, what the names mean, how they were discovered, how it is prepared, and how tea has traveled the globe. I like learning about ceremonies as well as the struggles relating to tea. I really enjoyed this book. The photographs are beautiful.

    14. This wasn't nearly as interesting as I thought it would be. It was mostly how tea drinking spread around the world, and while there was some mention of cultural traditions surrounding tea and how different types of tea became popular, it was pretty dry.

    15. Es una excelente guía de introducción para el mundo del té.Enseña mucho de la llegada y tradición en cada una de las mecas del té como China, India, Rusia, Irán, Pakistán, etc.Muy recomendable para entender bien a esta bebida que sin duda tiene muchos beneficios.

    16. nothing fancy here, just a very straightforward, basic primer on the history of tea. There is no finess to the writing but that's kind of ok - I was just looking for information and that's what I got - in a technically well written and relatively short little book with many full color photos.

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

    18. I found it to be a dry and boring collection of facts. There is little and poor flow between topics. Moreover, there are bizarre self-inserts by the author in 3rd person.

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