The Introduction to Tea sourcebook is a short, but comprehensive, tea reference that touches upon all of the subjects covered in my Tea Sommelier course. The book covers tea cultivation, manufacturing processes, families or types of tea, and tea trade terms, among other topics. Advanced students will eventually require James Norwood Pratt’s Tea Dictionary, where James Norwood Pratt quotes all definitions of terms contained in the Introduction to Tea and his course.
James Norwood Pratt’s Tea Dictionary is the first work in English to include Chinese characters whenever possible and is intended to be an indispensable tool for tea lovers of every description. As Bruce Richardson notes, “when it comes to describing your tea, would you rather sip a brassy tea or a tea that’s long in the mouth? Are you aware that high-grown Nilgiri teas are forgiving while Darjeeling teas are not? Did you know that the world’s largest collection of porcelain Veilleuse-Théičres is located in Trenton, Tennessee? . . . These are just a few of the hundreds of tea definitions and facts found in James Norwood Pratt’s Tea Dictionary.”
William H. Ukers | Annotated by: James Norwood Pratt
“The Romance of Tea has been required reading for every tea professional and tea aficionado since it first appeared in 1936,” Richardson related. “Ukers dedicated his life to illuminating tea’s colorful history and its enduring impact on international trade, politics and the arts. This treasure book of tea will now find an enthusiastic new audience with the help of James Norwood Pratt.”
In the Ultimate Tea Lover's Treasury, JNP reprints the great M.F.K. Fisher’s 1982 introduction and expands his classic account of the history of tea, which he also up-dates with the addition of a participant’s account of America’s Tea Renaissance. Besides tea’s history—”The Romance of Tea”—the book devotes sections to “The Wonders of Tea”—JNP’s authoritative guide to teas of the world-and “The Practice of Tea,” the practical how-to’s. This re-written version of Mr. Pratt’s masterpiece is his last word on tea. No tea book has proved more valuable or more widely translated and enjoyed.