The True History of Tea

Victor H Mair, Erling Hoh

The True History of Tea

This is the remarkable story of tea and its uses from ancient times to the present. The narrative takes the reader from the jungles of Southeast Asia to the splendour of the Tang and Song Dynasties in China, from the tea ceremony aesthetics of medieval Japan to the fabled tea and horse trade of Central Asia, from the advent of Britains love affair with tea to the tea party that sparked the American Revolution. Throughout the centuries, tea has inspired artists, enhanced religious experience, played a pivotal role in the emergence of world trade, and helped trigger major wars. No other drink has touched the lives of so many people in so many different ways. The True History of Tea brings all these disparate strands together in an erudite tale full of quirky facts and unexpected byways, celebrating the common heritage of a beverage we have all come to love. 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews
The True History of Tea

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre History, Food & Drink
Format Hardback
Pages 280
RRP £14.95
Date of Publication April 2009
ISBN 978-0500251461
Publisher Thames & Hudson
 

This is the remarkable story of tea and its uses from ancient times to the present. The narrative takes the reader from the jungles of Southeast Asia to the splendour of the Tang and Song Dynasties in China, from the tea ceremony aesthetics of medieval Japan to the fabled tea and horse trade of Central Asia, from the advent of Britains love affair with tea to the tea party that sparked the American Revolution. Throughout the centuries, tea has inspired artists, enhanced religious experience, played a pivotal role in the emergence of world trade, and helped trigger major wars. No other drink has touched the lives of so many people in so many different ways. The True History of Tea brings all these disparate strands together in an erudite tale full of quirky facts and unexpected byways, celebrating the common heritage of a beverage we have all come to love.

Reviews

The Guardian

Huw Bowen

[Mair and Hoh] have managed to combine a real depth of knowledge with a deft stylistic and organisational touch, and as a result their study of tea through time is both authoritative and entertaining. The authors carry their learning lightly because while they know their leaves they can also construct an engaging narrative. Above all, they are able to make meaningful connections across space and time, from antiquity to the present day, and this places tea firmly in its proper context as a global commodity.

11/04/2009

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