What others have said:
“Norwood Pratt’s book about tea is written so deftly in its heady combination of learning and pure love, that its pages will cheer us long after what’s in the cup is cold and stale.”
“...the most brilliant contribution to the enjoyment of tea in modern times…. And who would have thought that ‘the cup that cheers’ could have had such a wicked history?”
“(JNP’s New Tea Lover’s Treasury)… probably the best single book on tea available…a slim volume that instructs both novice and connoisseur … in an entertaining, discursive style with enough common sense knowledge and practicality to be a beginner’s guide, it is filled with anecdotes and history enough to make a connoisseur proud. (It is)… probably the only book on tea you need, if you want only one.”
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Dear Mister Pratt,
I ordered your dictionary last week and I was very much happy to get it yesterday in a well wrapped parcel. I thank you for having signed the book.
Since yesterday I’m traveling through the tea gardens all over Asia (the cards are very precious) and I have now better pictures from many gardens I heard about and whose teas I drunk for some of these. As a member of a Chinese tea lovers’ association in Paris, I appreciated greatly all the informations on rare Chinese teas described with many details and the maps of Chinese provinces with the localization of the main Chinese tea which are very useful .
I travel through time too thanks to the tea time line.
I was thinking reading through the pages that your book was worthy to be considered as the Uker’s of this century and looking to the notice “All about tea ...” I discovered it was your project:
“The purpose and value of the present volume is to take up where Mr. Ukers left off and continue the noble lineage of those who describe and define the tea trade of their time.”
In my opinion you have largely achieved this goal and I shall spend many time to “sip” all the words and notices in your dictionary.
Last but not least the CD and software allowing to make quick queries on the computer is very fast and confortable. Thanks for this very valuable and useful work for tea lovers worldwide.
Addenda to Dictionary.
(JNP hereby repents his Sins of Omission and Signs of Ignorance)
What’s left out? Wrong? Please forgive and email suggested entries and corrections for Tea Dictionary. If possible, I will define (or re-define) terms here and enable them to be up-loaded onto the JNP Tea Dictionary CD. Mea culpa for Inexplicable Omissions like:
This review is from: James Norwood Pratt's Tea Dictionary. In the early years of the American Revolution, Noah Webster created a book that was the foundation of American education. Webster believed that words had real power to shape a people. The result of his work and belief was the Blue Backed Speller, a book that educated American school children for nearly a century.
Norwood Pratt has gifted the fledgling U. S. tea industry with a similar Promethian flame. His Tea Dictionary will be the go-to for hundreds, if not thousands of writers, connoisseurs, and industry professionals seeking concise and extensive tea information.
Although Pratt's is not the first tea dictionary in the English language, it is much better suited to stand the test of time. When Ukers wrote All About Tea back in 1935, China did not have a standardized romanization of its characters. This new tea dictionary includes Chinese characters, spellings, and scientific terms for tea manufacture that have greater staying power. Stronger cultural and scientific bridges have been built. This tea dictionary stands on that solid footing.
The Tea Dictionary is not just Chinese and Indian tea terms. You can find tea tasting lingo. Key objects and locations from tea history are defined. Tea manufacturing terms are covered. Not to mention tea definitions for Japanese, Korean, Sri Lankan, Taiwanese, and many other teas and tea cultures.
Tea professionals and tea drinkers will use the Tea Dictionary to better approach the chemistry of tea. With the flick of a few pages, the differences between antioxidants, polyphenols, EGCG, and catechins are explained. Currently, this vocabulary is too haphazardly drawn from the "it's-good-for-you" pile of marketing ammunition. The Tea Dictionary aids us in precise usage.
Could the dictionary be improved? Yes. Beautiful photography is scattered through the work. Some of which increases understanding of the entries. Other illustrations seem to be there more for aesthetic reasons. There is a thorough set of maps in the back that plot production areas by country, region, and even province. These maps are a far cry from Johnson's World Atlas of Wine. Granted, the dictionary is not intended to be an atlas. But perhaps some of the photography budget could have been cut in favor of topographical, more detailed maps? As mentioned, pronunciation helps and Chinese characters make a helpful appearance. But the pronunciation helps were not always consistent. Sometimes they were not there when needed. Subsequent editions will no doubt correct for these shortcomings.
In all, the abundant wealth of information in the Tea Dictionary assures James Norwood Pratt's position as the Schoolmaster of the American Tea Renaissance.
—Jason O. Walker
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