Saturday, November 28, 2015
The Empire of Tea:The Remarkable History of the Plant That Took Over the World
by Alan MacFarlane & Iris MacFarlane
You know you've read too many books on tea history when you find yourself getting weary of that quaint little myth about tea's origin. You know the one - the Chinese emperor who just happened to be boiling water...outside. A few tea leaves just happen to blow off of a conveniently located tree and land in the water. The emperor drinks it and oila, thousands of years later everyone's got their drawers in a pinch about how good this stuff is for you.
The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide
by Mary Lou Heiss and Robert J. Heiss
In the two years I've been publishing a Web site about tea I've learned enough about it to make me realize that I really don't know much about it. Which is a roundabout way of saying that tea is a vast subject. This point was driven home recently when I read The Story of Tea, by Mary Lou and Robert Heiss. As "A Cultural History and Drinking Guide," it's got to rank right up there with the best of them. But there's really no way that such a work can do much more than scratch the surface of this topic.
Who knew there were so many books about tasseography (tea leaf reading)? Here are nine of them, spanning nearly a century. Note that the first two are available in free electronic editions.
Tea-Cup Reading and Fortune-Telling by Tea Leaves
by a Highland Seer (1921) link
Telling Fortunes By Tea-Leaves
by Cicely Kent (1922) link
Tea Leaf Reading
by William W. Hewitt (1992)
Tea Cup Reading: A Quick and Easy Guide to Tasseography
by Sasha Fenton (2002) link
The World in Your Cup: A Handbook in the Ancient Art of Tea Leaf Reading
by Joseph F. Conroy (2006) link
The Art of Tea-leaf Reading
by Jane Struthers (2006) link
Simply Tea Leaf Reading
by Jacqueline Towers (2008) link
The Cup of Destiny
by Jane Lyle (2008) link
Tea Leaf Reading For Beginners: Your Fortune in a Tea Cup
by Caroline Dow (2011) link
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Here's part two of the list of old tea books that I've reviewed at The English Tea Blog. Most of them are available in free online or ebook editions. Check out part one of the list here.
Tea-Blending as a Fine Art
by Joseph M. Walsh link
An Essay on Tea
By Jonas Hanway link
Tea; Its Effects, Medicinal and Moral
by George Gabriel Sigmond link
Letter to a Friend, Concerning Tea
by John Wesley link
A Popular Treatise on Tea
by John Sumner link
The Book of Tea
by Kakuzo Okakura link
Tea and Tea Drinking
By Arthur Reade link
The Breville One-Touch Tea Maker
In addition to writing about tea at this site, I contribute frequently to The English Tea Store Blog. One of my favorite topics there is old books about tea. Now that every bit of text in the known universe is being (or soon will be) digitized, it means that quite a few of these dusty old tomes are readily available in free electronic editions. Here are links to some of the reviews I've written about them and here's part two of the list.
Tsiology; A Discourse on Tea
By A Tea Dealer link
Tea, Its Mystery and History
by Samuel Phillips Day link
A Journey to the Tea Countries of China
By Robert Fortune link
Tea and Coffee
By William Andrus Alcott link
Panacea: A Poem Upon Tea in Two Cantos
By Nehum Tate link
The Natural History of the Tea-Tree
By John Coakley Lettsom link
The Tea Cyclopaedia link
Cuisinart TEA-100 PerfecTemp Programmable Tea Steeper
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Saturday, October 31, 2015
It's a tea ceremony of a decidedly different sort and it's enacted here by Star Trek: The Next Generation's resident Klingon, Worf. For more about the ceremony - which does not use tea as we know it - look here.
Labels: Tea Video - Other
I've never been a fan of the liquid perfume that's better known as Earl Grey tea, but of course we all like what we like. Here's a short clip in which Captain Picard, of Star Trek: The Next Generation, professes his fondness for it. Which leads to the obvious question - what would Kirk drink?
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Our most popular video post here at Tea Guy Speaks, and one that we feature from time to time, is a clip of actor Alan Rickman taking his time over a cup of tea and then doing some actorish type grimaces and gestures and whatnot. If he seems to be moving slowly do not adjust your dials. It's part of the Portraits in Dramatic Time series, by David Michalek. More at his Web site.
I haven't had a chance to screen this one yet but here's the description - "Tealand is a documentary on tea houses in Britain. From quaint tea houses in Dorset to Mr Scruffs Tea Bar in Manchester, including an interview and music from the man himself."
Teas Hope - Tea Shop