Tuesday, September 15, 2009

New Book on The Meaning of Tea


New Book on The Meaning of Tea Showcases Wisdom of Tea Lovers from Around the World
(from a press release)

An illuminating new book reveals timeless insights into the health and lifestyle benefits of the 5,000 year-old tea drinking tradition through interviews with tea lovers, growers, tasters, scholars and experts from eight countries. An exploration of the history, health benefits, rituals, spirituality and simple pure enjoyment of tea, The Meaning of Tea: A Tea Inspired Journey, by Scott Chamberlin Hoyt, edited and with commentary by noted author Phil Cousineau, offers unprecedented lifestyle wisdom ideally suited for our modern culture facing the stress of economic uncertainty.

Culled from more than 50 conversations with tea pickers and plantation owners, street sellers, traders, teapot makers and eloquent tea scholars from many places where tea is revered--from India to Ireland and Taiwan to Tea, South Dakota--readers learn about how tea has brought peace, calm, health, friendship and often wisdom into their lives. The Meaning of Tea makes clear, that although tea is more popular than ever--the wholesale value of the U.S. tea industry has increased more than 400% since 1990*--it is still an underutilized source of health, solace, and friendship for the modern world.

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3 comments:

marlena said...

Wow, sounds like a really interesting read.

The Meaning said...

Thank you for spreading the word about The Meaning of Tea! Wanted to share this thoughtful comment for the book that just came in from Mort Rosenblum, a frequent contributor to Bon Appétit and author of Chocolate: A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light and A Goose in Toulouse:

"The Meaning of Tea is an enlightening and invigorating journey, which takes us from prehistory to tomorrow, and is to be savored at a leisurely teatime pace. It is rich in wisdom and lore, humor and humanity, not to be missed by anyone who treasures the joy of good taste."

Cheers and thanks for all that you do to celebrate tea!

Jason Witt said...

I recommend this book as another inspiring tome on tea. At times it really impressed me when I read it for an Amazon review. What I like about it is the broad scope of coverage about tea culture--social, historical, spiritual, etc. --Teaternity