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    A Tea Lover’s Travel Diary: Phoenix Single-Tree Oolong Tea Tie Kuan Yin Oolong Tea by Jason C.S. Chen

    I read A LOT of books throughout the year. I try to write about the tea related ones that really stand out here but sometimes they get lost in the shuffle, amidst tea reviews and everything else going on. This is one of those books. It had been on my Amazon wishlist for a while but I finally bit the bullet nearly three years ago. The author is the owner of Bellevue, WA tea establishment Smacha. An introduction by tea industry favorite James Norwood Pratt was also a big selling point. The first thing that struck me was the photograph heavy layout of this book. Rather than relying on words, the author lets…


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    The Gunpowder Gardens or, A Time for Tea: Travels Through India and China in Search of Tea by Jason Goodwin

    I always get excited when I come across a tea book that I haven’t read before. This one popped up on Kindle Unlimited so I was able to read it for “free” through my subscription. The digital version is still fairly inexpensive even if you do have to purchase it. There have been many books written about the history of tea but The Gunpowder Gardens takes a bit of a different route. He uses the lives of his grandmother’s, one who lived in China and one who lived in India, to tell the story of this simple leaf we all love so much. This book is as much a travel book, if not more so,…

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    The World Atlas of Tea: From the Leaf to the Cup, the World’s Teas Explored and Enjoyed by Krisi Smith

    This book arrived in my mailbox just in time for a long road trip to a wedding in upstate NY. That worked out for the best because although it isn’t exactly a coffee table book, it’s a little too large to carry with me on my commute. The first thing that caught my eye was the large, beautiful photographs. Many of them spanned more than one page. The chapters follow what seems to have become the typical tea book formula: how tea is made, how to brew it, and a description of various teas from around the world. The small guide to growing your own tea was an unexpected but welcome addition. Important…

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    Tea: A User’s Guide by Tony Gebely

    My favorite thing about being part of the tea community is having friends who do really cool things. This is one of those times. I think we’ve all been eagerly anticipating the book that +Tony Gebely has been working on ever since it was first announced. Not only is it the book we all wanted, it’s also the book we needed. I’ve written reviews of over 50 books on tea and have read countless more. What I’ve found is that there is a ton of content overlap. Many of these books repeat the same exact information, just in slightly different ways. What makes Tea: A User’s Guide stand apart is its straightforward, no-nonsense approach.…

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    The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies

    Outside of my interest in tea, I am a voracious bookworm. My public transportation commute enables me to read over 100 books a year. Anytime that my passions can be combined is guaranteed to capture my attention. When I was contacted by Crown Publishing Group to review a new book called The Tea Planter’s Wife, I jumped at the chance. Book reviews are tough for me to write because I want to gush and tell you everything. On the other hand, I don’t want to spoil it for anyone before they have a chance to read it. This story is set primarily on a tea plantation in 1920’s Ceylon (modern-day Sri Lanka). That was…

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    Green Tea: A Quest for Fresh Leaf and Timeless Craft by Hugo Américi, François Marchand, Jasmin Desharnais, and Kevin Gascoyne

    I often get asked for recommendations of books to read about tea. Without a doubt, the top of the list for me is always Tea: History, Terroirs, Varieties. That’s why I was so excited when I heard that the guys from Camellia Sinensis were working on a new book. I picked up my copy at the NYC Coffee & Tea Festival and was lucky enough to have it signed by Jasmine and François. Of course, I had to also pick up some of their Dragonwell to go with it. Most books about tea follow a predictable structure. History, processing, varieties…after a while they all start to sound the same. While there is value…