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Book Review: The World in Your Teacup by Lisa Boalt Richardson and Laura Rubenstein

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The World in Your Teacup is a beautiful hardcover gift book. From the raised lettering on the cover to the gorgeously decorated fly leaf, this book is meant to be not only read but admired. The World in Your Teacup is broken down into eight different sections. The sections are China, England, Kenya, Russia, Iran, France, Morocco and the United States of America.

In addition to the eight sections, there is also a section that discusses the various different types of teas including white tea, green tea, oolong tea, black tea and puerh tea. This section explains where each tea comes from and how each tea is processed. The explanation also includes beautiful photographs of each dried tea to help you better identify it.

The introduction gives the reader information on why the author, Lisa Richardson, studied tea and became a certified tea specialist and gives a brief introduction to what she hopes to accomplish by writing the book. There are many gorgeous color photographs throughout the book that show not only the dried teas but the brewed teas, tea pots, serving dishes and typical foods of each region that is showcased. I could spend hours just admiring the intricate designs on the Chinese tea pots and the gorgeous tea cups from England and Kenya.

Each section begins with an introduction to the history of tea in the region. It then discusses how tea is celebrated now and how to make it as each region typically prepares it. There is then a section of recipes for each section that offers several regional recipes most with inspiring photographs.

The recipes presented are for typical regional recipes and include a brief introduction, a list of ingredients (with US measurements) and detailed instructions. The ingredients are all things that should be easily found in your typical grocery store. The prepared dishes are photographed on servingware of the region to better give you a feel for the region. There are also cultural tips scattered throughout the book that add cultural flair.

This is truly a gorgeous gift book that will thrill the tea lover in your life. Laura Rubenstein’s photographs are exquisite. The recipes are tempting. The rich, historical information will make you feel like you are sitting down to tea in your region of choice. Brew up a cup of traditional tea and enjoy this book yourself!

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