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The true history of tea

"The True History of Tea brings these disparate aspects together in an entertaining tale that combines solid scholarship with an eye for the quirky, offbeat paths that tea has strayed upon during its long voyage.' - - Provided by publisher
Print Book, English, 2009
Thames & Hudson, New York, 2009
280 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
9780500251461, 0500251460
Prologue: Tea : leaf of awareness
A botanical excursion : the rivals of tea
The heartstrings of national pride : Southeast Asia and the origins of tea
A slave of yoghurt : tea in the 1st to 6th centuries
Go have some tea! : the Tang dynasty
Cloudy feet in a hare's fur cup : the Song dynasty
Buying peace with the celestial beverage : the tea and horse trade
The taste of zen is tea : Japan in the 12th to 15th centuries
Sen Rikyū the tea master : the perfection of the Japanese tea ceremony
Han Xin counts the soldiers : tea in the Ming and Qing
How the Dalai Lama got his name : brick tea in Tibet and Mongolia
We invented the samovar! : the Russian caravan tea trade
Conquering new lands : the Islamic world of tea
Approved by physicians : the advent of tea in Europe
The progress of this famous plant : tea and the opium wars
A master teapot maker's midnight ride : tea in America
Finest tippy golden flowery orange pekoe : India and Ceylon in the 19th century
The heyday of the clipper ships : British tea
Vignettes from the global village : tea in our time
Appendix A: The autobiography of instructor Lu
Appendix B: A debate between tea and beer
Appendix C: A genealogy of words for tea