I picked up your book at a local cafe yesterday. It was just there, standing in front of me and I couldn’t resist. I can’t bear it. I can’t bear to put it down because I want to keep living between its pages and I can’t bear to pick it up because I don’t want it to end. It’s such a wonderful journey - I mean the journey from page to page. I find my favourite reading these days is less about absorption (knowledge) but more about infusion (the writer’s presence, shimmer, song). Like Micheal Cunningham’s ‘Land’s End, A Walk Through Provincetown’, or W.G. Seabals ‘Austerlitz’, or any number of journal-istic travel-come-biographic texts. Yours has a touch of Debo Devonshire mixed in for an extra kick.
Reading this book was not only pure pleasure but changed my relationship with tea. It was informative and entertaining. One of my most favorite parts of the book was when she shared her wonderful first tea memories. I made me look back and remember the memories that have given me a love of tea. My morning ritual of making tea has been transformed from the way I brew the tea to viewing the tea leaves as they have changed after steeping in the perfect water temperature. I am anticipating with joy rereading the book and my tea adventures growing. I do not often give books because reading tastes are so different but this one that I love to share with my fellow tea lovers so that their tea experiences can be expanded!
I so loved this book! I rationed my reading to a chapter an evening because I wanted to relish each adventure, each farmer and each tea as a separate and memorable moment. I picked up this book because of my love and appreciation for tea and finished the book with a love and appreciation for Henrietta - her passion for the tea, for the farmers, for sustainability, for sharing simple and enduring pleasures in our fractured world. I am from Boston and would never throw her tea in the harbor! Henrietta’s beautiful website is the travel we all need right now - more love, more passion, more tea.
I was enticed to borrow this book from the library as it promised off-the-beaten paths of adventure. Little did I know that I will be enlightened by the joys of tea, too. For someone who has been drinking tea from a teabag, oblivious to the stories behind each type of tea, this book opened a whole new world for me. I enjoyed the book so much that I had to get one for myself (and will return the one I borrowed from the library once it is open again). It is delightful to read the book for a second time, and a joy to experience tea on an entirely different level. Thank you, Henrietta, for sharing your passion for tea with us.
Where do I start? I picked this book up never expecting to fall in love with it - but only three pages in I was already hooked. This isn't a stuffy book that talks about how to brew tea, the author truly takes you on a tea adventure, where you absolutely learn more about tea with some funny stories in between. Reading it feels like you've invited a good friend over for a chat who happens to be a tea expert. Not only did I enjoy this book, I've gone ahead and purchased several or Rare Tea Co. teas, which I cannot wait to write more about once sampled!