I have been meaning to pick up A Tea Reader: Living Life One Cup at a Time by Katrina Avila Munichiello ever since it was released but never got around to it reading it until now. It’s a collection of essays from tea people that come from many different walks of life. As someone whose life has been immensely changed by love of the leaf, this book was right up my alley. I think what I enjoyed the most about this book was that it was not just a regurgitation of facts. The essays were about experiences, thoughts and feelings that are real and relatable.
Although I had come across one or two of them before, most of the material was new to me. Some of them were from familiar names like owners of my favorite tea retailers. Others were from historic texts, such as the writings of Robert Fortune. Together, they all beautifully illustrate the connectedness and sense of belonging that many of us feel when sipping our favorite cup of tea. It took me a less than a week to read it but it is still quite a substantial read. I definitely suggest checking this book out if you have the chance. It would also make a perfect gift for your favorite tea aficionado.