15 books that should be on the San Jose tea-lover’s reading list

Your shelf could be full of tea books! Photo: Paul, http://www.FreeDigitalPhotos.com

San Jose’s summer is more than halfway through, since most local children will be returning to school in just 3 short weeks.  Reading is still a favorite past-time, even with the tech-savvy Silicon Valley kids.  Tea and books go together so well, it’s no wonder that there are a lot of books about tea.  Here are some great suggestions for your own tea library, listed alphabetically:

1. Afternoon Tea Serenade: Recipes from Famous Tea Rooms by Sharon O’Connor.  Menus And Music Productions, Inc.  Emeryville, CA.  1997.
2. And Then It Was Teatime compiled by Laurie Nienhaus.  Gilded Lily Publishing, Ft. Meyers Beach, FL.  2007.
3. Culinary Tea: More Than 150 Recipes Steeped in Tradition from Around the World by Cynthia Gold.
4. Having Tea: Recipes and Table Settings by Tricia Foley.
5. London Ritz Book of Afternoon Tea by Helen Simpson.
6. Taking Tea: The Essential Guide to Brewing, Serving, and Entertaining with Teas from Around the World by Andrea Israel and Pamela Mitchell.  Grove Press, New York NY.  1998
7. Tea with Friends by Elizabeth Knight.
8. Tea with Jane Austen by Kim Wilson.  Jones Books, Madison WI.  2004.
9. The Book of Afternoon Tea by Lesley Mackley.  HPBooks, The Berkley Publishing Group, New York NY.  1992.
10.  The Graceful Art of Tea by Nan Taylor.  Taylor-Brown Publishing, Santa Clarita, CA. 2003.
11. The Protocol School of Washington Tea & Etiquette: Taking Tea for Business and Pleasure by Dorothea Johnson. Capital Books, Inc., Sterling, VA. 1998.
12. The Tea Table by Shelley & Bruce Richardson.
13. The World in Your Teacup: Celebrating Tea Traditions, Near and Far by Lisa Boalt Richardson.
14. Special Teas by M. Dalton King.  Stoddart Publishing Limited, Toronto, Canada.  Kenan Books, New York, NY.  1993.
15. Afternoon Tea by Jane Pettigrew and Jenni Davis.  Jarrold Publishing, Pitkin Unichrome Ltd., Hampshire, England, UK.  30 July 2004.

Check Santa Clara County libraries for these books, which will most likely be in the cookbook section.  If you want to buy one of them, there are still a few independent bookstores around, and Barnes & Noble.  Local tea shops like Teavana also sell some of these books, and if all else fails, they can be purchased on the Internet.  That way you can stretch out in the shade with a glass of iced tea and a good book this summer!

Copyright 2011, Elizabeth Urbach.

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For more information:
“3 Tea books worth adding to your collection”
Marmalady’s Tea: Books
TeaChat Tea Book and Magazine Reviews
Imperial Tea Court: Tea Books
Afternoon tea books at Hicklebee’s in Willow Glen
Tea and coffee books at Barnes & Noble


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