My June Fave Five
My feed reader tirelessly fetches all the latest musings on tea and loads of other subjects from all my favorite bloggers. So today, after taking a look the items I had “starred” for further reading, I thought I would share five memorable ones I came across in June (in no particular order).
First up, a couple of book reviews that caught my attention.
Francofinn reviewed a book I own and love, called Tea: Aromas and Flavours Around the World, by Lydia Gautier. An excellent coffee-table book, and an equally excellent review.
Coupled with a wealth of quite specialist information (you get the composition of a fresh tea leaf and the chemical composition of theine) the book can be enjoyed on two levels; as a beautiful cookery/travel book, or as a tea tasting manual.
Liquid Jade by Beatrice Hohenegger was wonderfully reviewed on Palatabilitea. I’m a sucker for tea history (I’m currently devouring Roy Moxham’s Tea: Addiction, Exploitation and Empire), and Mary has convinced me to add this to my ever growing Amazon wish list. She writes:
If you have any predilection towards reading histories, you may have noticed that beneath the wars and disagreements, beneath the rise of culture and tradition there is usually some sort of substance involved. These days it seems as though our underlying substance is oil. Back in the English and American Romantic eras, narcotics and hashish were the fodder for cultural innovation. And, of course, when it comes to crossing between the Occidental and Orient, we can find our own favorite little leaf.
The inimitable Phyll wrote eloquently, in a multi-part series, about an extraordinary pu-erh tasting event held this month in Pasadena, which he helped organize. The event was a resounding success, and one that I will try my best to attend next time. I know next to nothing about pu-erh, so Phyll (and many other esteemed bloggers) have unwittingly served as my source of knowledge on the subject. For that I am forever grateful.
Amy, who writes for Nook and Pantry, tells us how to make green tea truffles. I have yet to try it, but it looks so absolutely delish that it was bookmarked promptly and filed under “must-try”. One of these days….
Finally, (my apologies in advance for adding to the incessant din surrounding the iPhone’s launch last week), David Pogue of the New York Times, produced this excellent (and hilarious) video review of the iPhone.
Did I say “fave five”? I lied. Here are a few other things that went down in June. We turned one and decided to go carbon free, Phyll gave our oolong 4+ stars, we started selling our first Nilgiri tea, and I wrote about my uncle winning the Padma shree award.
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