Sunday, March 6, 2016

Tea Readings: Tea: Reference To Go

I checked out another tea reference book as I’m always looking for ways to expand my knowledge on tea. There is a vast amount of information out there about anything and everything, and I think that exploring specific topics through various avenues really gives you better insight. I read books, blogs, company information, and even belong to tea groups. It’s a passion for sure!

The book I reviewed this time is by author Sara Perry, and is entitled Tea: Reference To Go. It’s 100 pages and covers “50 ways to prepare, serve, and enjoy” my favourite beverage. It’s not a bad book for the tea novice. Far better than The Little Black Book of Tea which I reviewed a few months back. There is way more information here that is concise and nicely organized. 

Tea: Reference To Go

The book opens up with a glossary of some widely used tasting terms like astringency, body, liquor, orange pekoe, and oxidation. Then it provides some general information about tea such as its health benefits, how to prepare it, water quality and temperature, storing and shelf life, and tea folklore. Everything was short and to the point.

What I really liked next was how each tea was broken down by type such as black, green, white, oolong, and then consisted of a brief description on its origin, taste, and preparation. Each part included a lovely colour photo of the tea.

Finally, the book concluded with some recipes that either incorporated tea as an ingredient, or provided a recipe of a food item and paired it along with the best tea to drink with it. I really liked the sound of a recipe for a Green Tea Margarita! I might consider making this sometime in the coming summer months.

Tea: Reference To Go is a good starter book for someone getting into teas. They can use is as stepping stone to other more comprehensive books as they continue to journey forward in their discovery of tea.



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