Please note: this is a pretty small book. It measures about 6 inches square. No problem. But the paper is pretty terrible quality. It's very thin, low grade recycled stuff that is one step above newsprint. You can see the printing on the other side of the page, so this creates an annoying reading surface.
This is not an informative text on styles of tea. Instead this is translated wisdom of old Chinese tea masters throughout the ages. There sections are as follows:
The Art of Tea
Water for Tea
Preparing Fire for Tea
The Taste of Tea
Refinement in Tea
There are also a dozen or so really nice full color photos in the middle of the book. But this is a book all about slowing down and enjoying tea. It's a fun read even for those that are not tea experts. The sections are all broken down well, so you don't have to read it front to back. You can turn to a particular page and just absorb little bits at a time. Makes a great coffee table book, though the cheap paper does have a tendency to tear easily.
A fine book marred by subpar paper quality! Perhaps the Kindle edition is better since you won't have to worry about the paper quality. Though using an electronic device for a book about letting go and enjoying the simple things in life is kind of ironic!
- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Hardcover with Jacket edition (10 March 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0804841535
- ISBN-13: 978-0804841535
- Product Dimensions:: 15.2 x 1.5 x 15.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 227 g
- Customer reviews: 29 customer ratings
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: 53,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)