• Books and Magazines

    Book Review: A Social History of Tea

    The history of the world is intimately tied to the history of tea. For those of us nerds who happen to love both, information tends to be gathered piecemeal. There are few comprehensive resources to feed our quest for knowledge and a lot of misinformation along the way. Jane Pettigrew and Bruce Richardson are two people who definitely know their stuff so I was super excited to dig into this book. The book starts out with a brief discussion of the origin of tea (Sheng Nong, et al.) but the main focus is on British and American tea history. I really love that the chapters are organized by century. This makes will make…


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    The Tea Companion by Jane Pettigrew

    I picked up a copy of this book on a trip to Teavana a few months ago. While not a heavy tome, it covers just about every topic that a newbie to tea would need to know about. The book is written in the two sections. The Story of Tea focuses on how tea came to be, it’s history and how it is produced. I especially enjoyed the grading terminology chart and the section on tea equipage. It’s written in a no nonsense style but also comes across as very approachable. The second section is a directory of teas from around the globe. It is a feast for the eyes because the liquor…