Health benefits can be a touchy subject when it comes to tea. They aren’t a factor for me personally but they are what leads many people to their love of the leaf. That being said, I’ve always thought that was time that we had a fair and balanced book on the subject. The Everything Healthy Tea Book just might be what I’ve been looking for. I met Babette Donaldson at World Tea Expo and was lucky enough to receive a press copy. Although it is soft cover, this book still weighs in at 304 pages.
Although health claims are discussed in depth, there are scientific studies sited. I love that! I have a feeling that I will be using this book for reference frequently as I often have customers who have very specific questions about health benefits that I’m not always able to answer. In addition to highlighting every category of tea, there are some very helpful chapters on tea brewing and storage. I was happy to see those there as I think the kind of person most likely to pick up this book will be new to tea. Regardless of if you are a neophyte or old pro, this book has a lot offer in a fun and approachable way.
Although I thoroughly enjoyed it, I still think my favorite book written by Babette Donaldson is Going Gonfu. Make sure that you check that one out when you are picking this one up!