New Tea Lover's Treasury Author:James Norwood Pratt Tea-a simple healthful beverage, but one which will never taste the same to those who read this book. Here is the whole true story of a miracle of vegetation that became a treasure of the world as medicine, beverage, currency and communion-the wellspring of empires, industries and art. Tea is second only to water itself as mankind's favorite bev... more »erage today. This book is both a work of history and an incomparable guide to the teas of the world. It shows how history lives on in the teas we drink and reveals that to drink tea, whether we realize it or not, is to imbibe the spirt of Asia. Here is a passport to surprising delights from an amazing variety of teas and tea ways, ancient and modern. As the author says, "No pleasure is simpler, no luxury cheaper, no consciousness-altering substance more benign."
James Norwood Pratt is one of the world's leading authorities on tea and tea lore. The first edition of this book, published a generation ago, is a classic that sparked a tea renaissance in America that is still growing today. No one is more knowledgeable or passionate when it comes to tea, and nearly twenty years of devoted exploration inform this greatly amplified and updated edition.« less