There is a real bounty of books out there about tea. The increasing popularity of this beverage that has been enjoyed for over 5,000 years has inspired many to set some tea facts down on paper. Not to mention a lot of gorgeous photos. One that came along a few years ago, and is still one of the best out there today, is The China Tea Book by Luo Jialin. And this little teapot will show you a bit about it.
My humans and I treasure the copy we received from the publisher. This book shows its superiority over those e-books. Page after page of great tea info and breathtaking photos. Gorgeous!
Starting with a brief introduction called “From Myth to Reality,” Mr. Jialin then divides the rest of the book into two parts:
- Tea, covering green, oolong, black, and pu-erh teas
- Tea Culture, including principles, ancient Chinese tea culture, Zen, and dissemination (spreading the word)
This shows an approach to tea that is all-encompassing, addressing not just the physical reality of tea and preparation but also the impact on the human spirit of this amazing beverage. Knowledge and appreciation grow from each other. The more you know about tea, the more you appreciate it. The more you appreciate tea, the more you want to know. This books feeds both. You get to know more about tea and increase your appreciation. A win-win all round.
Photos from publisher’s website:
Mr. Jialin is an acclaimed authority on tea ceremony and a master tea maker and holds an MFA from Peking University. Quite frankly, I had trepidation about reviewing the book, expecting the command of English that is typical of those who are not native speakers. However, the language is used with true expertise, a sign of careful editing. He is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Ljubljana of Slovenia and lives in Beijing, China.
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