Tea and Chinese Culture

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Long River Press, 2005 - Cooking - 183 pages

An essential guide to the history, philosophy, and cultural evolution of Chinese tea. From its earliest uses as a medicinal herb to the highest refinement of tea as art and ritual, this full-color book provides a fascinating overview of the myriad forms and varieties of tea culture through the centuries. A must for all students and admirers of Chinese history, culture, and cuisine.

 

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Quite simply, this book should not be read. Opaque, unreferenced arguments collide with questionable assertions that in short order will force even a determined reader to return this one to the shelf --- while regretting the expenditure.

Contents

Introduction
1
Tea Culture in Dynastic China
20
Brewing and Tasting
40
Tea in Philosophy and Religion
58
Teahouse Culture
72
Tea and Chinese Art
94
Folk Traditions and Marriage Customs
116
The Art of the Tea Ceremony
134
Imperial Tea Culture
158
Nutrition
176
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Ling Wang is an authority on the history of Chinese tea.

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