Pour a cup, open the covers….this is your cup of tea! Tea for two, tea for three…tea for more! Hot or cold, sweetened or black, alcoholic or herbal, caffeinated or decaf: the drink may be ancient, but tea culture is trendy. More and more people are discovering the elegance, versatility, downright good taste, and even the health benefits of this delicious beverage. And they want to find out even more: the different flavors, the best methods of preparation, and the fun ways to enjoy a cup at home, with others at a party, shower, or any other special occasion. Every page of this book is infused with answers to these tea-related questions.
From the Hardcover edition.
Did you know that tea was discovered 5,000 years ago? Or that “high tea” was originally an evening meal? Or that chamomile isn’t really tea? In her book Tea Culture: History, Traditions, Celebrations, Recipes & More, Beverly Dubrin covers many tea-related topics—from a brief history of the discovery of tea to information about different kinds of tea and their respective health benefits. Readers will discover a wealth of information about the drink and how people have consumed it over the centuries. Dubrin, a longtime tea fan, gives tips on how to steep different types of tea and how to get the best-tasting beverage. In addition to fun informational snippets, Tea Culture includes dozens of full-page photographs with subjects ranging from 19th-century tea drinkers to tea plantation workers. Dubrin also includes recipes for different types of tea drinks as well as some sandwiches and snacks to make every tea party complete! For our own tea party here at the Post, we decided to try two recipes from the book—Spicy Apple Tea and Marion’s Dream Bars. They were both delicious! In fact, we liked them so much that we decided to include the recipes elsewhere on the site. As someone who drinks tea in part to alleviate blinding headaches, I particularly appreciated the section of the book on the health benefits. Much is made of its miracle effects on such serious problems as heart disease and cancer, as well as its power in calming anxiety, aiding digestion, and lowering blood pressure; it’s good to get the true story and learn about which teas and tisanes help with specific ailments.—Saturday Evening Post
About the Author
Beverly Dubrin is a food journalist and tea-lover. For over 20 years, she published her private newsletter, Beverly Dubrin’s Where-To-Guide, about food, shopping, and travel, and now authors Beverly Dubrin’s Where-To-Guide blog. A graduate of Brown University, she previously handled Information Technology for several large American computer manufacturing companies. Beverly lives in Walnut Creek, California.
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After purchasing two books for tea-drinking friends, I decided to keep one for myself after glancing through the book. In summary the book is a wonderful gift, regardless of the recipients drinking preferences. The photography is gorgeous, and picture of the Meriage Freres tea counter brought back fond memories. The text is very informative and interesting, yet not overwhelming, and the explanations are crystal clear. The drinks and associated foods I tried from the included recipes, were outstanding. My favorites included Mango Tea Smoothie (hot weather, especially) and Green Tea Ni Cocktail (with vodka) for anytime! The smoked salmon finger sandwiches and Marion’s Dream Bars were unique, easy to prepare, and delicious. Finally, there is even a small section on Children’s Tea parties.
Tea Culture: History, Traditions, Celebrations, Recipes & More Tea culture is a beautiful book with just the right amount of information on the history of tea, its use over the centuries, and recipes for wonderful tidbits to serve at your tea party. The book is packed with gorgeous illustrations and photos to whet your appetite. Buy it and leave it on your coffee (tea?) table so that you can browse through it a few pages at a time. You will be well rewarded!
A delightful book and a great resource for planning a `tea for two’ or a grand tea party. The Flowering Teas are our favorites, paired with the Lemon Chive Chicken Salad Sandwiches, the Chutney with Goat Cheese, and an array of sweets such as the Green Tea Madeleines, Marion’s Dream Bars and Fran’s brownies. The background information is well researched, and we learned fascinating information on the history of tea, and were introduced to the beautiful `Tea Bag Art’ of South Africa.
- Title: Tea Culture: History, Traditions, Celebrations, Recipes & More
- Autor: Beverly Dubrin
- Publisher (Publication Date): Imagine; Reprint edition (February 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936140055 | 9781936140701
- ISBN-13: 978-1936140053 | 978-1936140701
- Download File Format: EPUB, PDF