Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tea Wisdom by Aaron Fisher

Many of us in the tea community know Aaron Fisher as Wu De, organizer of Global Tea Hut. In this adorably small book he's put together a collection of quotes about our favorite beverage. It was the perfect size to tuck into my purse each day without adding a ton of bulk. I recently had to trudge through two days of jury duty and this book helped me to keep my sanity. Some of them are from historical figures that we all know such as Lu Yu and Sen no Rikyū. Others are from movies, books and celebrities.

Peppered throughout the chapters are beautiful pictures of tea scenes and Wu De's calligraphy. There is something to be said for quality of construction and this book was a great example of that. Although it is paperback the cover is sturdy and the pages are printed on glossy, high quality paper. The only thing that I would change about this book is to add an index of quotes listed by who said they are attributed to. That would make it an even better reference book for the future. Don't let the 239 page count scare you. It's an enjoyably breezy read. If there's a tea lover in your life, this selection would be an incredibly thoughtful gift.

Tea Wisdom provided for review by Tuttle Publishing.