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Drawing from her experiences blogging about tea, interviewing vendors and authors, and talking to tea lovers, Munichiello, a freelance writer and tea lover who specializes in tea, parenting, and food allergies, collects 57 non-fiction essays by writers, poets, historians, journalists, filmmakers, enthusiasts, and those in the industry about tea in all areas of life, including classic writings by Thomas Lipton, Louisa May Alcott, and Rudyard Kipling. The essays explore what happens when tea allows people to slow down and observe life; childhood memories of tea moments with parents and grandparents; associations with love; stories of rituals and routines developed around tea in families and cultures; stories of those in the industry, such as vendors, shop owners, authors, and tea masters; and experiences around the world. There is no index. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Like fine wine, savoring a cup of tea involves more than expertise. In this charming anthology, freelance journalist and blogger Munichiello provides a refreshing reminder of the days when tea parties evoked thoughts of friendship rather than political differences. In one passage, a British journalist describes an exquisite Japanese tea ceremony he witnessed in 1897. While Chinese and Japanese drink delicately flavored green tea, in mountainous regions of Pakistan, tea-drinking is an entirely different affair. In 2006, Kirsten Kristensen traveled to Tibet where drinking tea is not only a ritual of friendship, but a diet staple. Perhaps most surprising is an excerpt from a 1931 memoir by Thomas Lipton. His recipe for quality tea—blended specially to take account of regional differences in water—is nothing like the tea bags on supermarket shelves. (Oct.)

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