The Romance of Tea
“The Romance of Tea has been required reading for every tea professional and tea aficionado since it first appeared in 1936,” Richardson related. “Ukers dedicated his life to illuminating tea’s colorful history and its enduring impact on international trade, politics and the arts. This treasure book of tea will now find an enthusiastic new audience with the help of James Norwood Pratt.”
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Benjamin Press (June 21, 2017)
Package Dimensions: 9.5 x 7 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
It’s difficult to remember a time when authoritative books on tea were as rare as a good cup of Darjeeling. But that was the scenario in America throughout much of the 20th century, until publisher Alfred Knopf published William H. Ukers’ The Romance of Tea in 1936. Few books on the tea trade have held up as well as this monumental work which is as valuable to tea enthusiasts today as it was when it appeared over 80 years ago.
America’s tea sage James Norwood Pratt now introduces a new generation of teaists to this legendary tea pioneer with a new annotated and expanded edition of The Romance of Tea which is sure to delight anyone whose daily life is infused with the ritual of tea.
“William Ukers’ tale of how humanity acquired its favorite habit first attracts us, then absorbs us and casts a spell over us and teaches us,” said Pratt. “He regales us, in his quaint way and measured tones, with a little known epic romance — how the whole world learned to love drinking tea.”
Susan Boyle, a reader in Columbia, SC, writes:
“What a masterpiece, JNP—sincerely, a masterpiece from you and Ukers…. I’m so happy you undertook this beauty—book and annotations both are genuine works of love.”