- Van Bjorn Hermans:
+ Een heel goed boek over thee is "The Book of Tea", met een voorwoord door
Anthony Burgess (het boek is niet door 1, maar door meerdere mensen
geschreven). Het ISBN-nummer= 2-08-013533-3. Het boek is Engelstalig, en
bevat heel veel afbeeldingen & foto’s. Alles wat je maar over thee zou
willen weten, komt aan bod. Een klein minpunt aan het boek is de prijs,
die ergens rond de 70 Euro ligt...
+ Een heel aardige boek met vele cocktail-recepten is "Internationale
Drank-recepten - De heerlijkste dranken van A tot Z".
Niet alleen bevat alle wereldberoemde cocktailrecepten, maar ook
informatie over zo’n beetje alle basisdranken- en -sappen.
[En dan een forse boekenlijst over thee, samengesteld door Tom Frenkel. Hij
is een Amerikaan, zo ook dus deze beschrijvingen...:]
+ "All the Tea in China", bu Kit Chow.
The book on Chinese tea for western people. Long descriptions of the 50
most popular teas in China, plus history, maps, charts, tables, lists of
names in different languages.
Somewhat like a non biographical updating of "The Chinese Art of Tea.".
The availability of quality tea in America has changed over the last 10
years and this is reflected in this book.
+ "A Time For Tea", by Jason Scott Goodwin.
The history of tea told as a travelogue. He travels from Hong Kong into
China, then onto India to visit Darjeeling, and then back to London. Lots
of information on the history and movement of tea.
Informative, but to my mind, written in an unpleasant style.
+ "The Book of Tea", by Okakura Kakuzo. (1906)
The first book to try and explain Japanese tea to Americans. A short book
but has lots of information on history and Japanese culture and tea.
A classic on the ancient tea traditions of Japan.
+ "The Tea Lover's Treasury", by James Norwood Pratt. (Berkeley, CA: 101
The book has a huge section of "tea tales," fantastic historical
anecdotes about tea and the tea trade; an extensive guide to the types of
teas, with discussions of taste, production, and so on; and smaller
sections on tea equipage, tea manners, the tea trade, and the technical
aspects on tea production. The writing is brilliant.
+ "The Afternoon Tea Book", by Michael Smith. (NY: Atheneum, 1986; rpt. NY:
Though primarily a cookbook, it does have 80 pages of excellent
discussion about tea (history, types, tastes, making thereof, equipage,
and so on).
The recipes are also the best I've come across. Author is English but
writing for an American audience, with wit and charm.
+ "The Chinese Art Tea", by John Blofeld. (1985)
An excellent, somewhat biographical account of tea traditions in China.
He spent a lot of time in China and relates many stories. There is a good
descriptive list of common and rare Chinese teas.
+ "Talking of Tea", by Gervas Huxley. (1956)
An early book for collectors. Interesting, although outdated.
+ "Taking Tea, The Essential guide to Brewing, Serving, and Entertaining
with Teas from Around the World". (1987)
Somewhat less grandiose than its title (especially for someone who has
other tea books), but it contains interesting recipes for the meal Tea.
Almost more of a cookbook than a guide to tea.
+ "A Decent Cup of Tea", by Malachi McCormick. (1991)
A cute little book for completists (sp).
+ "The Book of Coffee & Tea", by Joel, David & Karl Schapira. (2nd edition,
It has a nice section on coffees and herbal tisanes as well as tea. It is
written by the owners of Schapira Coffee & Tea Co.
"Still the most thorough and compact reference on the subject" --N.Y.
+ "The Tea Book", by Sara Perry, photographs by Edward Gowans. (chronicle
A "pretty" book, designed more for looks than for depth or breadth.
Decent price, though. Nice Photography and print job. the information is
OK, but not of much depth. No mail order info. Over half the book is
recipes (some for sweet and savory items to serve at Tea and some
interesting recipes using tea as an ingredient.
+ "The Book of Tea and Herbs", from the Republic of Tea. (the Cole Group,
An interesting little book of history, tea sayings and other
miscellaneous info. It has a pronunciation guide to the Chinese teas,
which I appreciated. Also has a decent section on herbs, their history,
lore and uses.
+ "The Republic of Tea, Letters to a Young Zentrepreneur".
For a look at the creation of the Republic read 'The Republic of Tea,
Letters to a Young Zentrepreneur'. It documents the creation of this
interesting company through faxes between Mel and Patricia Ziegler, and
Bill Rosenzweig about tea and the formation of a successful tea company.
The motivations for forming a business vary, and change.
Nl.culinair FAB © 2018, Björn Hermans