Many of you had the privilege of taking part in the Gung Fu Tea Ceremony last night at GPL, put on for us by Jesse Berry of Blue Lantern Tea. If you enjoyed your time at the ceremony and want to learn more about tea, here are some great books on our shelves for you to check out!
Life by the Cup: Ingredients for a Purpose-Filled Life of Bottomless Happiness and Limitless Success by Zhena Muzyka (338.76 Muzyka). This inspiring book, part memoir and part motivational tome, tells the author’s story of being broke and in need of medical treatment for her young son, and choosing to follow a dream from that humble beginning to a life that fulfilled her passions and used her unique talents. Muzyka is the founder of Zhena’s Gypsy Teas, a business she started by combining her knowledge of herbal and aromatherapy treatments with teachings passed down to her by her Gypsy grandmother. She started blending her own teas and selling them from a street cart, and now owns a socially and environmentally conscious multimillion dollar business selling her teas around the world.
The Pleasures of Tea: Recipes and Rituals by Kim Waller (641.337 W). This book published by Victoria Magazine offers numerous recipes for special occasion teas such as Christmas tea or wedding shower tea, as well as recipes for desserts and snacks to accompany this ancient brew. Extensively illustrated, the book also provides plenty of visual inspiration for decorating and arranging a tea party.
Steampunk Tea Party: Cakes & Toffees to James & Teas, 30 Neo-Victorian Steampunk Recipes from Far-Flung Galaxies, Underwater Worlds & Airborne Excursions by Jema Emilly Ladybird Hewitt (641.53 Hewitt). If tea abroad a zeppelin with gadgets and test tubes sounds like more your cup of tea (see what I did there?), this is the book for you. Mostly a cookbook for tea party desserts, this entertaining book contains fun baking ideas like Absinthe Cog Biscuits and Time Traveler Tarts, as well as including numerous steampunk-related asides.
Tea: Addiction, Exploitation, and Empire by Roy Moxham (382.45 M). Moxham here tells the long history of tea production and exposes the ugly underbelly of the mass production of tea in the modern world. While tea can and is grown and sold ethically in many places, ex-colonial nations such as Great Britain still operate an exploitative empire of low-wage tea plantation throughout the third world. Moxham’s book helps us to think about the ramifications of our exotic tastes, and encourages us to think through ethical ways to acquire this wonderful brew.
London’s Afternoon Teas: A Guide to the Best of London’s Exquisite Tea Venues, Including Recipes by Susan Cohen (641.53 Cohen). Part travel guide for tea connoisseurs, part cookbook, Cohen’s unique book takes a look at the 30 best places to get tea in the British capital. She provides detailed information for finding these venues and reviews of the experience in each, as well as recipes for preparing your own afternoon tea party.
The Green Tea Book: China’s Fountain of Youth by Lester A. Mitscher and Victoria Dolby (615.32 M). The Green Tea Book explores the purported health benefits of green tea. It explores the ancient lore of green tea’s health benefits and then looks into what modern science has to say about these claims. The book then looks through the varied and individual health benefits of green tea and gives recommendations for its use.
Vintage Tea Party by Carolyn Caldicott (641.536 Caldicott). If you want to recreate the classic Victorian tea parties you’ve always dreamed about, this is the book you need. Caldicott guides her readers through everything they need to create a fanciful experience for their guests. Containing recipes for desserts and sandwiches, explanations of various teas, and guidelines for hosting tea parties in different locations, Caldicott’s book is sure to delight those looking to host a tea party in style.
Green Tea: The Delicious Everyday Health Drink by Peter Oppliger (615.32 O). This book looks at the history of green tea use in Japan and China, and goes on to provide a great deal of information for those trying to decide if green tea is really for them. Both expansive and practical, the book has chapters comparing tea to coffee and green tea to black tea, as well as explanations of the effects of caffeine. If you decide to start drinking green tea, this book also provides step by step instructions for its preparation.
These titles can be found in the Non-Fiction Room at the Greenville Public Library, except for Life by the Cup, which is currently in our New Books Room. If a book you’re interested in is checked out you can always reserve the book at the reference desk and be notified when it’s returned. When checking out be sure to let your librarian know you heard about these books on Fourth & Sycamore!