Saturday, March 5, 2011
BOOK REVIEW: Tea A History of the Drink that Changed the World
Author: John Griffiths
Publisher: Carlton Books
Release Date: Feb 2011
Tea is a comprehensive study of a drink that is imbibed daily by over half of the world’s population, looking at
the phenomenon as well as the commodity from 2,500 AD to the present day.
As an avid tea drinker, I couldn’t wait to get my hot little hands on this book to find out the history of my favourite drink. As the second most consumed drink in the world after water, very little is actually known about this product by the millions of people who regularly purchase and consume it. This book has comprehensive research into the thousands of years old beverage that is grown in some form in nearly every nation of the world.
It is fascinating to see how the humble cuppa has divided classes and races and changed the business ethics of not just companies but nations. Tea is also being seen for its many medicinal and health improving properties in society today, even though these revelations were known to many cultures thousands of years ago.
There are interesting chapters on the Chinese and their history relating to tea, as well as the tea growers in other poverty stricken countries such as India. It is absolutely amazing how much this natural product has had such a huge impact on nations of the world.
Even if you don’t drink tea, this book is fascinating to read and gain a comprehensive understanding of trade relations and such a simple product.