TEA BOOK REVIEW: Linda Gaylard’s The Tea Book

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Gaylard, L. (2015) The Tea Book. 1st Ed. London: Dorling Kindersley Limited.
Price: £14.99

Linda Gaylard, who runs the website The Tea Stylist and is a certified tea sommelier and a widely-published author on tea-related topics, has recently written The Tea Book. The book provides an excellent foundation to explore the immense world of tea, and it is Gaylard’s ambition to provide an accessible introduction to tea for beginners and more seasoned drinkers.

The diversity and accessibility of Gaylard’s book are its strongest aspects. Broken into five sections, Gaylard provides readers with a solid understanding of all things tea, including its biological make-up, cultivation, processing, preparation, historical and cultural influences, blending and recipes. Sections in the book are well balanced and flow logically so readers are not overwhelmed with one topic or left too long with lingering questions. Photographs, illustrations, maps and info boxes with facts make the book extremely accessible. Readers will be able to pick up this book and gain knowledge about a certain aspect of tea very quickly.

Whilst The Tea Book will most likely address the curiosity of many novice and more seasoned tea drinkers, I can imagine that experienced tea drinkers might want more detailed information on certain topics. Gaylard does an admirable job highlighting and discussing the immense topic of tea cultures around the world (especially in China, India, Japan and South Korea), but I found myself wanting more information about lesser-known tea cultures. For example, tea cultures and production in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, such as Kenya, Malawi and Rwanda, need more consideration.

Along with gaining a good foundation of the world of tea, readers will also be left with a forward-looking perspective to tea in the west. Gaylard briefly notes British tea culture, but her discussions about modern technological advances in teaware, the popularity of tea mixology with alcohol, the emergence of the US tea market (in both consumption and production) and the increased interest in tisanes give the topic of tea a real excitement about its current and future prospects.

More information about Linda Gaylard and her work in tea can be found on her website, The Tea Stylist. You can also follow Linda on Twitter at @theteastylist.

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About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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3 Responses to TEA BOOK REVIEW: Linda Gaylard’s The Tea Book

  1. Great review, Drew. (Yes, I intended that to rhyme.)

  2. Just ordered my copy! Thanks for the review.

  3. Pingback: Gifts for the Discerning Tea Lover 2015 | The Tea Stylist

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