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The way of tea : the sublime art of oriental tea drinking
Lam, Kam Chuen.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Hauppauge, N.Y. : Barron's Educational Series, [2002]

Physical Description:
143 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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TX817.T3 L35 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The Way of Tea is a journey back in time to the origins of tea cultivation and Oriental tea ceremonies. It is also a book of advice, describing how to get full pleasure and benefit from tea today. The ways in which we store tealeaves, then prepare and serve this exquisite brew, influence tea's properties and affect its taste and aroma. Master Lam Km Chuen and his wife Kai Sin offer expert guidance on the essentials of the tea serving art. Separate chapters are devoted to . . . The Tea Story--the origins of tea cultivation in China, and the spread of tea drinking and tea ceremonies from Asia to Europe, then later to America . . . Cultivating Tea--the many varieties, which fall into general categories of green (non-fermented), oolong (semi-fermented), black/red (fermented), and white teas . . . Preparing and Serving Tea--the importance of correct storage and water purity, and methods of preparation and serving ... Healing Teas--discussion of health benefits of teas, supplemented with approximately 20 recipes that incorporate ginger, lychee, ginseng, dry orange peel, and other healthful ingredients. Modern science has come to recognize many health properties in tea--qualities that tea connoisseurs have known about for centuries. Full-color photos throughout.

Author Notes

Master Lam is an international authority on a wide range of Chinese arts
Lam Kai Sin is an accomplished martial arts practitioner, a former restaurant manager in London's Chinatown

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 8
Part 1 Tea Storyp. 12
The Discovery of Tea
The Development of Tea in China
Tea-drinking Customs in China
The Spread of Tea from China
Part 2 Cultivating Teap. 38
Tea Plants and Their Varieties
Picking the Tea Leaves
Tea Processing Through the Ages
Monkey-picked Tea
White Teas
Yellow Teas
Light Green Teas
Green Teas
Red Teas
Black Teas
Flower Teas
Part 3 Tea Timep. 72
Water, the Mother of Tea
Heating the Water
Teapots, the Father of Tea
Storing Tea Leaves
The Art of Tea Making
Kung Fu Tea
Part 4 Healing Teasp. 112
A Culture of Health
Introducing the Healing Teas
Cautions and Uses of Tea
About the Authorsp. 140
Acknowledgmentsp. 141
Indexp. 142