Whether it’s gorgeous coffee table books, intimate tea memoirs, or comprehensive volumes on the different tea regions of the world, tea lovers, love books about tea. Making them the perfect gifts for those tea enthusiasts in your life.
Jane Pettigrew’s A Social History of Tea
Acclaimed writer and tea historian Jane Pettigrew teamed up with American tea expert Bruce Richardson to chronicle the fascinating way tea has influenced British and American culture, community, and commerce. Pettigrew and Richardson take the reader on a remarkable journey that spans centuries and travels across the globe from Canton to London, Boston, and beyond. Perfect for the person who loves history and tea.
The author is a tea specialist, historian, writer, and consultant. Since 1983, she has been working worldwide to explain and share the fascinating world. Jane has written 17 books on tea’s many and varied aspects, its production, history, and culture, and she writes for tea-related magazines and journals.
Henrietta Lovell | Infused – Adventures in Tea
A tea book unlike most, this is the very personal story of Henrietta’s adventures with tea, in tea, and all-around tea. From her first fledgling sips out of dainty China Cups at Diana’s House as a child, we are taken along on a ride of reminiscence. With trips to far-flung tea fields swathed in mist via the odd lightning strike or two, we zip off to tea tastings with chefs at some of the best restaurants in the world, accompanied by her little yellow suitcase and strange meetings on trains. To mention but a few of her adventures. For the person who likes essays, and philosophical approaches to tea drinking.
£19.99 | www.rareteacompany.com
Lisa McDonald & Jill Rheinheimer | Tea for Dummies
Tea for Dummies is the ideal gift for tea novices. Written in a simple and easy-to-understand style, TFD demystifies the intimidating world of tea. Covering various topics from the history of tea, to the different kinds of teas and regions as well as how to drink tea like a professional. There are even bonus sections on cooking with tea and tea cocktail recipes. This book will help any beginner develop a deep knowledge of tea and enhance their enjoyment of it.
$18.99 | www.dummies.com
Virginia Utermohlen | Tea: A Nerd’s Eye View
This is the perfect pick for the tea lover who revels in the science behind their favorite brews. Virginia Utermohlen Lovelace is a medical doctor who explains how the tongue perceives classic tastes, how aroma and flavor are linked, and many other intriguing processes of human flavor perception.
$27.53 | www.amazon.com
Lady Patricia Farmer | Tea Under the Palms
If you or your friends have ever fantasized about being invited to tea at Downton Abbey (or Buckingham Palace), this book is for you. Lady Patricia Farmer has described the lush world of formal teas, in the style of the British upper classes, as exemplified by afternoon tea at her cherished Plaza Hotel in New York. This is not a book where tea evokes a sense of serenity and meditation. It is a book about luxuriating in tea and food. The ultimate gift for Afternoon Tea enthusiasts.
$25.44 | www.beaufortbooks.com
Okakura Kakuzo | The Book of Tea
For those who admire all things Japanese, The Book of Tea is considered the definitive book on Japanese tea culture and how it relates to Zen Buddhism, poetry, life, and art. First published in 1906, it has gone through several editions. The current one contains a wonderful introduction and an extra chapter on America’s obsession with Japanese tea written by Bruce Richardson. Okakura Kakuzo was a fascinating character who traveled the world and influenced many creative thinkers at the dawn of the twentieth century and continues to do so today through his writings.
$26.95 | www.amazon.com
Okakua Kakuzo | Meditations Coloring Book
In the Japanese tea ceremony, making and drinking a tea bowl is an act of respect, gratitude, and interconnectedness. It is about emptying your mind of cares as you enjoy one of life’s simplest pleasures. Meditations on Tea presents an adult coloring experience as soothing as a hot cup of your favorite tea blend. All aspects of Japanese art and culture are connected with tea. These traditions can be explored and enjoyed in a beautiful new coloring book for adults who color more than 90 traditional Japanese images celebrating life and giving it meaning. There are designs to suit every mood- from woodblock prints depicting Japanese life and myth to doodles with color for creative relaxation- all waiting for your pencils’ artistic touch.
About the author: Okakua Kakuzo (1862-1913) devoted his life to teaching, art, Zen, and the preservation of Japanese art and culture, working as an ambassador, teacher, writer, and, at the time of his death, as the Curator of Chinese and Japanese Art at the Boston Museum.
$7.95 | www.chapters.indigo.ca