Thursday, May 29, 2008
365 things about tea ... and a giveaway!
As soon as I saw the title of this book I knew I wanted it, and the folks at Harvest House Publishers were kind enough to send a review copy of "365 Things Every Tea Lover Should Know." It's a tiny book - just 4x6 inches, the size of a large index card - but it is packed with tea lore, trivia, quotes and even a few recipes. The size also makes me think this $5.99 book would be a great stocking stuffer or tea party favor. And while any tea lover would enjoy this book, I think it will prove especially helpful to those of us who occasionally write or speak about tea.
Here are some of the tidbits:
"When brewing rosehips tea using the whole rosehips, steep for ten minutes."
"Rooibos tea is said to help relieve insomnia."
"Tea does our fancy aid,
Repress those vapours which the head invade
And keeps that palace of the soul serene."
- Edmund Waller, "Of Tea"
And while they're not out yet, I was delighted to see in their fall catalog that Harvest House has a new Emilie Barnes book AND a new children's tea party book set for release in June.
When my package arrived the other day, it also included a copy of the wonderful Alda Ellis book "The Gentle Art of Hospitality," which I wrote about on Oct. 30, 2007. Since I already have a copy, I'm going to give away this brand spanking new one. Just leave a comment to any post between now and midnight Saturday, and I'll announce the winner on Monday. How's that!