Publisher and Publication Date: Ryland Peters & Small. 2017
Source: Self-purchase @ World Market.
Audience: Serious tea drinkers.
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Timothy d’Offay is a tea expert. He lives in London, England where he has a shop called, Postcard Teas. He mentions in the book of his travels to the countries who grow and produce tea. He has met with people who grow and harvest teas. He has studied the art of both developing the teas and in preparing the tea for drinking. I consider him a teacher and connoisseur of tea.
Most tea drinkers probably drink bagged tea. I do. I also drink loose-leaf tea. Loose-leaf tea is the subject of this book.
Easy Leaf Tea is a comprehensive look at loose-leaf tea. From a brief history lesson of how tea began to how to prepare certain teas and some knowledge about those teas.
Several reasons why I love this book:
- I love learning about tea types. Where they are grown, how they are grown, how to harvest them, and how to develop certain types of teas from these dried leaves.
- I love the luscious full-page illustrations. The color photographs are of women harvesting leaves, types of tea pots and other tea gadgets, different types of teas (the leaves and the tea from them), restaurants serving tea, lovely tables of teacups. I especially love the photos of making matcha tea.
- I love the list of twenty teas to taste.
- I love the recipes located in the back of the book.
- I love the information on how to prepare tea according to tea type.
- I love the size of the book.
Overall, this is a splendid book.
A great gift for a serious tea lover.
If I could add or change something about the book, I’d love to see more photographs of tea harvesting and the production of them. I’d like to read more tea history.