Tea
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, back 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.

Tea Details

TitleTea
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 28th, 2019
PublisherTuttle Publishing
ISBN-139780804837248
Rating
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Food and Drink, Food, Microhistory, Tea, Food History

Tea Review

  • Clinton
    January 1, 1970
    I asked for this book for Christmas after browsing through tea books at B&N and stumbling across this one.The book was really enjoyable because it covered an enormous amount of history, without getting into too much of the nitty-gritty on any of it. In particular, it covers a lot more of the Asian tea tradition than I'm used to reading about. There's also a long section about the socio-economics of the tea trade, both historically and from a modern-day perspective. It really drove me to cons I asked for this book for Christmas after browsing through tea books at B&N and stumbling across this one.The book was really enjoyable because it covered an enormous amount of history, without getting into too much of the nitty-gritty on any of it. In particular, it covers a lot more of the Asian tea tradition than I'm used to reading about. There's also a long section about the socio-economics of the tea trade, both historically and from a modern-day perspective. It really drove me to consider whether I should look more into buying tea from Fair Trade organizations, something I'm currently looking into.A great book for anyone interested in the history, tradition, and modern day business of the tea trade.
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  • Basil Chong
    January 1, 1970
    Disappointing. For a microhistory, I found it far too brief, and barely skimmed the surface of the story of tea. At points, felt like I was reading a series of wikipedia articles.
  • Eustacia Tan
    January 1, 1970
    Let me count the tea-related things I have in my house. I have two bags/boxes of Mlesna tea from my favourite tea shop in Tokyo (specially requested from a friend), I have mulberry tea from Kaogshima, I have the ANA limited edition loose-leaf tea set, and I have the Lotte Milk Tea Chocopie. I even considered buying this overpriced Book of Tea, which is a mook that has 50 samples of tea. Or at least, I considered it until I saw the price. I think it's safe to say that I really, really like tea. W Let me count the tea-related things I have in my house. I have two bags/boxes of Mlesna tea from my favourite tea shop in Tokyo (specially requested from a friend), I have mulberry tea from Kaogshima, I have the ANA limited edition loose-leaf tea set, and I have the Lotte Milk Tea Chocopie. I even considered buying this overpriced Book of Tea, which is a mook that has 50 samples of tea. Or at least, I considered it until I saw the price. I think it's safe to say that I really, really like tea. Which is why when I heard about this book, and realised it was on Scribd, I had to read it immediately.This is a non-fiction account of the history of tea, focusing primarily on its history in Asia. The later half does talk about its history in Britain and America, but in not as much detail as in China and Japan, which I thought was a refreshing change of pace. Apart from the historical account of tea, the appendix includes instructions on how to make tisanes, brew a cup of tea, about the types of tea and what time of day different types of tea are best drunk at.I found it all very interesting, and among other things, I found out that 'low tea' is considered more high class than 'high tea'. Basically, low tea is served on the low tables next to couches and high tea at the dining table. The name comes from the type of table it's served on, rather than the 'class' of the company that is kept. I guess we've been using the word wrongly in Singapore all the while!And by the way, even though I really love tea, after reading about how tea aficionados can tell where the tea comes from by taste, I feel like I still have a lot to learn about it! Perhaps my tea-lover status should be revoked? I mean, I can tell between the different types of tea, though the variants of green tea are a bit difficult for me (I can tell matcha and non-matcha, and that's it. Black tea vs green tea vs Chinese tea vs Rooibos etc is all fine, because they all taste so different).This is definitely a good book, and one that I would buy in a heartbeat if I saw it at the bookstore. (assuming a reasonable price) The appendix alone is probably worth it.This review was first posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile
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  • Pamela
    January 1, 1970
    A nice overview of tea and all that goes into the growing and production of it and the history of where and how it is produced. Nothing too deep or earth-shattering here. The story is followed from its beginnings in China and traces its trail from Buddhist monks to Japan and Korea and its appearance throughout the rest of the world due to traders trying to grow the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, in places as diverse as Southeast Asia, Assam in India, Kenya, Argentina, Ceylon(Sri Lanka), and even A nice overview of tea and all that goes into the growing and production of it and the history of where and how it is produced. Nothing too deep or earth-shattering here. The story is followed from its beginnings in China and traces its trail from Buddhist monks to Japan and Korea and its appearance throughout the rest of the world due to traders trying to grow the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, in places as diverse as Southeast Asia, Assam in India, Kenya, Argentina, Ceylon(Sri Lanka), and even South Carolina in the US. There are chapters on tea blends, tea equipment, ceremonies, and parties. The appendixes are interesting as they contain many different varieties of teas and various herbal tisanes and their uses for medicinal purposes.This is definitely more a book for the tea drinker (which I am) than for the historian. I would have liked more on the Opium wars and the plantation system than there was but altogether it was nicely done.
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  • Andrew Georgiadis
    January 1, 1970
    A quick and satisfying overviewWhat you will learn herein:~ How is tea grown, harvested, and prepared?~ How do varieties differ (green, white, black, etc.)?~ All teas are the same family of plant!~ A long history of Chinese and Japanese (and Korean) tea, replete with multiple-monosyllabic-named masters and their protégés.~ How the West took advantage of naval superiority, controlled half of the Indian subcontinent, and addicted tens of millions of Chinese to Indian opium imports in order to sati A quick and satisfying overviewWhat you will learn herein:~ How is tea grown, harvested, and prepared?~ How do varieties differ (green, white, black, etc.)?~ All teas are the same family of plant!~ A long history of Chinese and Japanese (and Korean) tea, replete with multiple-monosyllabic-named masters and their protégés.~ How the West took advantage of naval superiority, controlled half of the Indian subcontinent, and addicted tens of millions of Chinese to Indian opium imports in order to satisfy their very English (and Dutch and French) desire for tea.~ Americans invented the tea-bag!~ And so on.Quick and enjoyable. You will learn a few things, can do so in a couple of hours, and if it gets you interested, will be able to launch into a million directions of inquiry. About tea.
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  • John Beynon
    January 1, 1970
    Laura Martin's book is a useful overview of the history of tea, which begins with an account of the development of tea drinking culture in China, Korea, and Japan. The book then discusses the Europe's introduction to tea, the role of the Dutch and British East India Companies, and 19th-century national conflicts (such as the opium wars) that resulted from the tea trade. Martin's account of tea in the 2oth and 21st centuries is somewhat thin, but she does provide a glimpse into the problems with Laura Martin's book is a useful overview of the history of tea, which begins with an account of the development of tea drinking culture in China, Korea, and Japan. The book then discusses the Europe's introduction to tea, the role of the Dutch and British East India Companies, and 19th-century national conflicts (such as the opium wars) that resulted from the tea trade. Martin's account of tea in the 2oth and 21st centuries is somewhat thin, but she does provide a glimpse into the problems with tea production and trade today and calls to her reader to make responsible choices, such as opting for fair trade products, when consuming teas. While the book doesn't delve into any one of these aspects of tea's history in great depth, it is a fine introduction to the topic.
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  • Fraser Sherman
    January 1, 1970
    As a tea lover, I really enjoyed this one. Martin starts with the legends about the discovery of tea, then follows it through China (where it was originally a bitter drink prized mostly as a stimulant) to the discovery baking and drying it would make it taste good. What followed was a mix of steady growth, coupled with more than a few dark sides (Chinese peasants had to do without food crops at time in order to provide the emperor with tribute tea). There's also a good deal about the tea industr As a tea lover, I really enjoyed this one. Martin starts with the legends about the discovery of tea, then follows it through China (where it was originally a bitter drink prized mostly as a stimulant) to the discovery baking and drying it would make it taste good. What followed was a mix of steady growth, coupled with more than a few dark sides (Chinese peasants had to do without food crops at time in order to provide the emperor with tribute tea). There's also a good deal about the tea industry, tea grades, improvements in tea bags (you can get much more flavorful tea that way—though of course, tea balls and other gadgets make it easy to make one cup of tea with loose-leaf).
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  • Mattias
    January 1, 1970
    A little more basic than I was hoping for, but not bad as an overview and plenty of fun historical anecdotes. The British are even bigger bastards than I realised, predictably. The writing was too brief and vague at times, especially in the sections on pre-modern China and Japan, but the bibliography looks decent. I'm mining it for sources.
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  • Indra
    January 1, 1970
    This is a very good introduction to the history of tea. I was expecting more information, but it's a short book and gives a very good overview. It also covers the basic differences between types of tea, both in processing and geographic location. Anyone wishing to learn the basics on tea history or appreciation will find it interesting and helpful.
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  • Aj
    January 1, 1970
    3.25. Light, chatty discussion of the history of tea. Not super deep or comprehensive, but a nice overview.
  • Sue Thompson
    January 1, 1970
    This is a genuinely interesting little book about one of my favourite things in life… Tea!I adore this beverage whether it’s bags or loose, or black, green or white I love it all, and I think that is what helped me to enjoy this book so much.For someone who is not a tea drinker or sticks to their favourite brand of tea bag (and that’s fine- no criticism) may find it less interesting as there are many references to different types of tea, from different areas and the changes in preparation method This is a genuinely interesting little book about one of my favourite things in life… Tea!I adore this beverage whether it’s bags or loose, or black, green or white I love it all, and I think that is what helped me to enjoy this book so much.For someone who is not a tea drinker or sticks to their favourite brand of tea bag (and that’s fine- no criticism) may find it less interesting as there are many references to different types of tea, from different areas and the changes in preparation method. It’s far easier to appreciate the Chinese love of Matcha tea or the differences in the Indian tea growing regions such as Assam or Darjeeling if you drink these yourself.There is a significant part of this book relating to history from when tea was first used as medicine, to the Chinese tea plantations, moving on to its spread to japan, India and beyond, finishing up with the European obsession with it and America’s modern uses for it. I will admit to being saddened to discover the human cost of our obsession with tea and while this part of the book was the hardest to read I’m pleased Martin did not avoid this subject and she willingly discusses both the good and the bad.My only real criticism is the images, which were very small and impossible to make out on my Kindle, although I cannot comment on the clarity of these in hard copy.It’s rare to find a nonfiction book that keeps me equally entertained from beginning to end, there are usually one or two parts that are a little dry and dull, but this book had me hooked on every page. Fantastic!
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    This was a nice read, and rather fascinating to learn more about tea.
  • Pamela Hamon
    January 1, 1970
    This easy-reading book was a well-researched and written text on the world history of tea. I would classify this as a "reader's digest" version of tea history, as the bibliography's primary resources for this book included some of the most outstanding tea history books. This would be a great book for tea enthusiasts who aren't ready to ready to commit to reading a tome like "The True History of Tea" (Victor Mair et al) but still want to develop an appreciation for the breadth and depth of tea's This easy-reading book was a well-researched and written text on the world history of tea. I would classify this as a "reader's digest" version of tea history, as the bibliography's primary resources for this book included some of the most outstanding tea history books. This would be a great book for tea enthusiasts who aren't ready to ready to commit to reading a tome like "The True History of Tea" (Victor Mair et al) but still want to develop an appreciation for the breadth and depth of tea's historical context on the complex world stage.Uniquely, this book covers the journey of tea in to Korea, a motion often undiscussed by tea history books.The one negative I would raise against this book was that I found the accompanying quotes offset within the pages often completely out of context to the surrounding text.
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  • Marcin
    January 1, 1970
    A short story of how tea was grown, how the types became what they are today and how it evolved due to human intervention. Plus, a simple introduction to how the tea is brewed to keep its original taste intact. Who would like to spend time on it? Maybe total tea freaks... Anyone else will be coming to a stall after a few pages since it doesn't seem to be encouraging those no-tea-just-coffee types to read further. Those who look for a compendium on the history of various teas and herbal brews mig A short story of how tea was grown, how the types became what they are today and how it evolved due to human intervention. Plus, a simple introduction to how the tea is brewed to keep its original taste intact. Who would like to spend time on it? Maybe total tea freaks... Anyone else will be coming to a stall after a few pages since it doesn't seem to be encouraging those no-tea-just-coffee types to read further. Those who look for a compendium on the history of various teas and herbal brews might consider some other books as I recall a few titles are there just for the pleasure of discovering various tastes, with photos and descriptions how to brew "teas" from all over the world. This just focuses on the man-flora interaction that over time lead to the tasteful liquid in an utensil we now call a cup of tea.
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  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    This isn't 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.I have not done much reading on the history of tea so, I 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 pro This isn't 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.I have not done much reading on the history of tea so, I 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).
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  • Huda
    January 1, 1970
    I could feel a madman's grin on my face when I reached the appendix section. Especially when it started matching tea with food. YESSS.This was comprehensive and intriguing, even if it did remind you of a history textbook at times. Worry not if it gets too invested in historical events, there are old clippings and diagrams of tea paraphernalia scattered across the pages – clean and crisp stuff for eye candy. I would advise reading Kakuzo Okakura's The Book of Tea first. It isn't needed for compre I could feel a madman's grin on my face when I reached the appendix section. Especially when it started matching tea with food. YESSS.This was comprehensive and intriguing, even if it did remind you of a history textbook at times. Worry not if it gets too invested in historical events, there are old clippings and diagrams of tea paraphernalia scattered across the pages – clean and crisp stuff for eye candy. I would advise reading Kakuzo Okakura's The Book of Tea first. It isn't needed for comprehension, but I came to an idea that say, if tea was a body, Okakura's got the heart of it down while Laura C. Martin's got the mind.
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  • Deodand
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this microhistory. It contains some of the most succinct explanations of world events I've read, all seen through a tea leaf. There is also a thorough explanation of the various tea-related jargon out there. I appreciated the author's emphasis on the human element of tea manufacture. It's one of those things that isn't pointed out as much as it is with coffee or chocolate manufacture. Most of the tea in the world, and certainly all the good tea in the world, is processed by hand.
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  • DrCalvin
    January 1, 1970
    I like micro-histories, and this one laid out the history of tea in a clear and easy to follow way. Unfortunately, I never felt that the prose became very interesting, and the anecdotes and stories told didn't engage me as much as with some other non-fiction books I've read. But an interesting overview to the history and (fairly) current state of tea in the world. I especially appreciated how clear it was regarding the colonial history and many atrocities connected to the historical tea trade, w I like micro-histories, and this one laid out the history of tea in a clear and easy to follow way. Unfortunately, I never felt that the prose became very interesting, and the anecdotes and stories told didn't engage me as much as with some other non-fiction books I've read. But an interesting overview to the history and (fairly) current state of tea in the world. I especially appreciated how clear it was regarding the colonial history and many atrocities connected to the historical tea trade, with the chapters on the opium wars and tea plantations and such.
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  • Gia
    January 1, 1970
    A historical reference book discussing how this simple beverage made an impact on our world....whether we drink it or not. Also explaining the spread of tea throughout Asia and the world."If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are too heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you." William Gladstone (1809-1898) British Prime Minister
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  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    I found this book quite fascinating. About the only down side were the few spots when I got bogged down with information/facts and was not covering very many pages or making progress. If you enjoy drinking tea, then this is a fun book to read. It would also be a great resource if writing a research paper on the subject of tea. This was another one of those books that caught my eye while I was searching for another book at the library.
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  • Skullgirdle
    January 1, 1970
    This is a nice little book on the history of tea, how it came to be the most popular drink in China and how it traveled the world to become the most popular beverage on Earth. The author manages to pack a large amount of information in a book that is surprisingly accessible and entertaining. If you love tea I highly recommend this book!
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    This was a delightful read! It is the definitive guide to tea- history, botony, and even a guide to teas. I absolutely adored it, and I want to add it to my collection. Martin does a lovely job of telling the story of tea in an interesting way that made me want to have a different cuppa with every chapter. It is informative and instructive.
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  • ROBERT
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great accessible history of Tea in 256 pages. I really enjoyed this biographical sketch on the plant, the varieties of Teas and how it has evolved as a culture. Educational and entertaining without ever becoming a slog. You don't even need to read it all at once to get its benefits.I will never go to the store again and walk by the Tea section without thinking of this book.
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  • Kelsey
    January 1, 1970
    Accessible, light writing, nicely organized, with lots of really good tidbits. Only problem is, it's not an academic book, so there are no footnotes for those of us who want to go have our own look at the information so we can check if they are "facts" or facts!
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  • Brandy
    January 1, 1970
    Very interesting read about tea, from how it is grown to how its sales affected foreign relations and power. It was a bit dry at times, but if you are a tea drinker, it will explain where some of your favorite blends are grown and how they are made.
  • Laura Eggen
    January 1, 1970
    A clear and concise book that provided fascinating information about a drink that really did change the world. It was an immensely entertaining book that I highly recommend to anyone looking to learn more about this delicious beverage.
  • Cristian Ubeda
    January 1, 1970
    Im just starting in the tea world and this book gives you a good and easy way to have a good approach not only the types and process involved but also history, culture and much more. Not rate it with 5 stars only because in some cases I found a little of disorder on the topics. But great book!.
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  • John
    January 1, 1970
    This was a relatively quick and easy read. Reading and tea go together. Out of the books out there on the subject of tea, this one gives a nice summary of the history in addition to tea today, down to brewing suggestions and types of tea. I would recommend for the tea drinker.
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  • Dramatica Darmody
    January 1, 1970
    It's an interesting subject, but some of the writing reads like a school report.
  • Mark Koester
    January 1, 1970
    Very informative and tons to learn here. Writing style and flow is rather rigid. Could have been a better story. It's an extended encyclopedia entry.
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