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Tea: A Global History (Reaktion Books - Edible)

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From chai to oolong to sencha, tea is one of the worlds 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 historian Helen 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 “Thé 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.

About the Author

Helen Saberi is assistant editor of The Oxford Companion to Italian Food. She has traveled extensively and is the author of numerous books about food.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1   What is Tea?

2   China

3   Japan, Korea and Taiwan

4   Caravans and Mediterranean Shores

5   Tea Comes to the West

6   India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia

7   Tea Today and Tomorrow

Recipes

Glossary

References

Select Bibliography

Websites and Associations

Acknowledgements

Photo Acknowledgements

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861897763
Author:
Saberi, Helen
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Subject:
History
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Tea and Coffee
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Reaktion Books - Edible
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 color plates, 20 halftones
Pages:
183
Dimensions:
7.75 x 4.75 in

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