The Tea Book: All Things Tea
by Louise Cheadle and Nick Kilby
New York: Sterling Epicure, 2015. 208 pages. NonFiction.
Did you know that tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, second only to water? Or that people in Turkey drink the most tea per person, but China holds the record as the largest consumer of tea overall? I learned these and a slew of other fun facts from this fabulously informative book, The Tea Book: All Things Tea.
This book contains a lot more than a dry, boring history of tea, though it does cover that topic in vibrant detail. I thoroughly enjoyed the breakdown of tea culture in different countries and the rituals and ceremonies that have surrounded and involved tea through the ages. Additionally, it includes tips for tea tasting, best practices for steeping and preparing tea, and recipes- all of which sounded delicious! This book made my tea loving heart soar with it’s whimsical, almost infographic style illustrations, and tid bits about tea drinkers around the world.
I’d recommend this beautiful, unique, and informative book for any fellow aspiring tea mavens and think it would be best enjoyed with your favorite cup of tea.