The Drink That Changed the World

Book - 2007
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This book is a fascinating history of tea and the spreading of tea throughout the world.

Camellia sinensis , commonly known as tea, is grown in tea gardens and estates around the world. A simple beverage served either hot or iced, tea has fascinated and driven us, calmed and awoken us, for well over two thousand years.

The most extensive and well-presented tea history available, Tea: The Drink that Changed the World tells of the rich legends and history surrounding the spread of tea throughout Asia and the West, as well as its rise to the status of necessity in kitchens around the world. From the tea houses of China's Tang Dynasty (618-907,) to fourteenth-century tea ceremonies in Korea's Buddhist temples' to the tea plantations in Sri Lanka today, this book explores and illuminates tea and its intricate, compelling history.

Topics in Tea: The Drink that Changed the World include: From Shrub to Cup: and Overview. History and Legend of tea. Tea in Ancient China and Korea. Tea in Ancient Japan. The Japanese Tea Ceremony. Tea in the Ming Dynasty. Tea Spreads Throughout the World. The British in India, China and Ceylon. Tea in England and the United States. Tea Today and Tomorrow.
Whether you prefer green tea, black tea, white tea, oolong tea, chai, Japanese tea, Chinese tea, Sri Lankan tea, American tea or British tea, you will certainly enjoy reading this history of tea and expanding your knowledge of the world's most celebrated beverage.
Publisher: Tokyo, Japan : Tuttle, c2007
ISBN: 9780804837248
Branch Call Number: 394.12 MAR
Characteristics: 247 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Feb 03, 2018

Not an exhaustive history of tea, nor does it cover every aspect of tea production; however, it does provide a thorough look at how tea production evolved and how its popularity spread through East Asia, Western Europe and eventually the United States.

Although I have done some reading on the history of tea before, I still learned quite a bit from this book. For example, I didn't realize that tea used to be processed into bricks and then shaved. I also didn't realize that tea trade with China was the proximate cause of the Opium Wars (and an indirect cause of the invasion of India). Like many modern tea drinkers, I was surprised to find that tea production in India is so new (18th to 19th century).

Modern readers might find it interesting that tea has been linked to both health and status since it's earliest days. What I found provocative are the implications that it might also have been linked to a "return to nature"/protest of urbanization movement since the 15th centuries. Definitely something to think about the next time you're invited to inhale the aroma from your cup and be transported to a place of calm and peace.

Recommended for those who want to learn about the history of tea.

I learned something interesting from this.

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