Recently I read a lot of posts mentioning The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzō as a must read classic about tea. I have never read it, but to me (not to discard Japanese tea culture), the true origin of tea comes from China and this is principally what I am interested in. What do you think? How do you see both cultures and their differences?
Each time I asked my Chinese friends about tea, the first words that came out of their mouths was The Classic of Tea by Lu Yu, instantly.
I haven’t read the entire book yet, (the translation) but I have read a lot about its content. (I know, it sounds like reading cheat sheets), it’s easily found on Amazon> The Classic of Tea: Origins & Rituals
So here’s a list of 5 books about tea to check out:
5: Brief History of Tea by Roy Moxham
4: Darjeeling: The Colorful History and Precarious Fate of the World’s Greatest Tea by Jeff Koehler
3: Tea: The Drink that Changed the World by Laura C. Martin
2: The Tea Cyclopedia: A Celebration of the World’s Favorite Drink by Keith Souter
1: The Classic of Tea by Lu Yu
Lu Yu deserves a little special treatment in the meantime.