A Little Tea Book: All the Essentials from Leaf to Cup by Sebastian Beckwith with Caroline Paul
I have a compulsive need to read every new tea book that I can get my hands on. This is especially true when the author is someone who played a role in the beginning of my tea journey. Sebastian Beckwith is the co-founder of In Pursuit of Tea. When I first started this blog, his company had a storefront on Crosby Street in NYC. I stopped in as often as I could to sip tea and absorb knowledge. Listening to Sebastian’s stories about travels to Darjeeling and other origins really cemented my newfound passion for tea.
Wendy MacNaughton’s whimsical illustrations had me enamored before I even began reading. The watercolor inspired designs give the book a look and feel that is all its own. The book is divided into mini-chapters, making it easy to flip to the section you need. There’s everything from “A little on the tea plant” to “A little on labels”. The text is conversational and easy to follow. Infographics, sidebars, and quotes provided information as well as visual interest.
The book does not dive deep into any one particular topic. It still sets the reader up with just enough information. Experienced tea drinkers will be familiar with most of the content but it is still a fast and fun read. We all have friends who tell us that they wish they knew more about tea. Gift them this book! The same size makes it perfectly portable. As much as I do love big books, they aren’t always the most practical for reading on my commute.
Have you read this book yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
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