“You’re holding this book because you love tea.” Introduction, A Little Tea Book
I’ll put the kettle on.
Those are the words that are spoken whenever an important discussion is “brewing.” Tea is the quiet confidante that stands close at hand to comfort, encourage, smooth away a difficult day at work. A cup of fragrant tea witnesses the many celebrations of friends and family – welcoming a newborn, planning a birthday, commemorating a wedding anniversary or graduation.
I’ll put the kettle is about sharing time without frivolous distractions. Or as Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote with eloquence: “I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.”
Is it possible to share tea virtually across the blogger miles?
My blogging friend, Liz of Leaping Life and Leaping Tracks answered the question when she sent me a message that she had been reading the exciting back story on Maria Popova’s Brainpickings about a marvelous new book by Sebastian Beckwith with Caroline Paul, “A Little Tea Book – All the essentials from Leaf to Cup.” Soon after, the book appeared in my mailbox, thanks to Liz.
“Tea, the most Popular beverage in the world after water, has brought nations to war, defined cultures, bankrupted coffers, and toppled kings. And yet in many ways this fragrantly comforting and storied brew remains elusive, even to its devotees.” A Little Tea Book
January in Canada is the time to revel in the warmth of a good book and a pot of tea. I have enjoyed reading “A Little Tea Book” these past few weeks. It lives up to its promise that it is not a workbook or encyclopedia, but rather a place to gain a new perspective on the beverage that many have come to feel, a trusty companion.
“Welcome, I’m happy you’re here. My life’s work has been teaching people about tea, and now I am honored to teach you.” Sebastian Beckwith