Beatrice Hohenegger
Liquid Jade: The Story of Tea from East to West
August 10, 2019 Comments.. 372
Liquid Jade The Story of Tea from East to West Traveling from East to West over thousands of years tea has played a variety of roles on the world scene in medicine politics the arts culture and religion Behind this most serene of beverages i
  • Title: Liquid Jade: The Story of Tea from East to West
  • Author: Beatrice Hohenegger
  • ISBN: 9780312333287
  • Page: 194
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Traveling from East to West over thousands of years, tea has played a variety of roles on the world scene in medicine, politics, the arts, culture, and religion Behind this most serene of beverages, idolized by poets and revered in spiritual practices, lie stories of treachery, violence, smuggling, drug trade, international espionage, slavery, and revolution Liquid JadTraveling from East to West over thousands of years, tea has played a variety of roles on the world scene in medicine, politics, the arts, culture, and religion Behind this most serene of beverages, idolized by poets and revered in spiritual practices, lie stories of treachery, violence, smuggling, drug trade, international espionage, slavery, and revolution Liquid Jade s rich narrative history explores tea in all its social and cultural aspects Entertaining yet informative and extensively researched, Liquid Jade tells the story of western greed and eastern bliss China first used tea as a remedy Taoists celebrated tea as the elixir of immortality Buddhist Japan developed a whole body of practices around tea as a spiritual path Then came the traumatic encounter of the refined Eastern cultures with the first Western merchants, the trade wars, the emergence of the ubiquitous English East India Company Scottish spies crisscrossed China to steal the secrets of tea production An army of smugglers made fortunes with tea deliveries in the dead of night In the name of free trade the English imported opium to China in exchange for tea The exploding tea industry in the eighteenth century reinforced the practice of slavery in the sugar plantations And one of the reasons why tea became popular in the first place is that it helped sober up the English, who were virtually drowning in alcohol During the nineteenth century, the massive consumption of tea in England also led to the development of the large tea plantation system in colonial India a story of success for British Empire tea and of untold misery for generations of tea workers.Liquid Jade also depicts tea s beauty and delights, not only with myths about the beginnings of tea or the lovers legend in the familiar blue and white porcelain willow pattern, but also with a rich and varied selection of works of art and historical photographs, which form a rare and comprehensive visual tea record The book includes engaging and lesser known topics, including the exclusion of women from seventeenth century tea houses or the importance of water for tea, and answers such questions as What does a tea taster do How much caffeine is there in tea What is fair trade tea and What is the difference between black, red, yellow, green, or white tea Connecting past and present and spanning five thousand years, Beatrice Hohenegger s captivating and multilayered account of tea will enhance the experience of a steaming cuppa for tea lovers the world over.
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    1. Sharon Roy says:

      This book reaches back into the deep history of China and the first tea drinkers and explores the spiritual, historical, economic, and social impact our love of tea has wrought across time and across continents It s an amazing story, and one well worth reading I was enchanted by parts of this book, and shocked by others though by now I should no longer by shocked by any of the things one country or one people will do to another it s not like our mistreatment is anything I haven t heard of before [...]

    2. Kathleen says:

      Things I Learned From This Book 1 Tea is God.2 English people ruin everything.Okay, in all seriousness, this is a pretty good book It s less a monograph on the history of tea, though, and a series of anecdotes Hohenegger writes in short, bite sized chapters, and I think the book is almost better consumed that way Open it up, read a chapter, go huh, and read something else for a while Still, the information is perfectly factual as far as I can tell, and I did really like reading about the histor [...]

    3. Susan says:

      Since I m supposed to be a tea author, I thought I should read this book to learn about the origins and culture of tea It was a great find Each chapter consists of only 3 4 pages and reads like a novel I learned about the early origins of tea in China, how the British became dependent on tea, how tea has fostered violence around the world, and other interesting facts The author has certainly done her research and provides a substantial bibliography.

    4. Paul says:

      My favorite book about tea history so far This book makes historical links I haven t seen before like the impact of tea on the popularity of porcelain and, surprisingly, the opium trade and resultant addiction epidemic I also appreciated the author addressing current concerns like organic farming and fair trade practices.

    5. Laura Bang says:

      A fascinating account of the history of tea and by no means a dull history Spanning millennia and continents, the story of tea encompasses triumphs and tragedies in great numbers, acted out by monks and soldiers, small communities and colonial superpowers, farmers and spies Hohenegger herself sums it up best In its many permutations from medicinal remedy to social beverage to fashion statement to object of religious ritual and then on to strategic tool, global commodity, and cause for labor stri [...]

    6. Angel says:

      This was a very pleasant and excellent read I liked the organization, starting in the East, then working its way to the West, following the history and dissemination of tea around the world The last two parts then go into trivia and other common facts about tea as well as looking at the economics of what is now a worldwide industry By the time you are done reading this, you will have learned something about tea The author uses a very evocative tone in the narrative that will have you longing for [...]

    7. Allison Lorraine says:

      It s a great read, a lot of historical facts I didn t know And I learned one new vocuabulary word The consequences of China not wishing to import British goods led to the Empire raising and legally approving the sale of Opium to Chinese citizens, which the Emperor lamented it was destroying his country The British harvested tea from one colony, India, to illictly purchase tea from China while promoting facilitating slavery in another colony, America and the Caribbean, in order to produce enough [...]

    8. Kate says:

      This was an awesome little history of the cultivation and drinking of tea, from its first cultivation in China, to its spread to Japan, and then the European discovery and colonization to get their hands on everyone s favorite leaf There are good side chapters on the opium wars and the quest to find the secret to china the porcelain, not the country The book sums up with a discussion of tea cultivation in the modern era, including fair trade and organic gardening practices This book was a page t [...]

    9. Gerri Leen says:

      I m a recent tea convert you know, the loose leaf, good stuff I ve been drinking tea since I was a kid but never really understood what made a tea good or not, and what the difference were between the types, or what the history of tea was and how crucial it was in so many ways to so many countries, but most especially China, Indian, Sri Lanka, England, Holland, and of course The United States Wonderfully written and easy to get through at least until the last bit It got a bit, well, boring when [...]

    10. Grace says:

      I bought the book after hearing a lecture by the author at UCLA Her passion lies in Part 2, to the West , which explains the politics and economics of tea and it s importance to the British empire It s only 120 pages, but packs quite a punch Then read part 4 about today s tea trade.Contemporary events have me thinking quite a bit about the privileges and savagery of empire and the end of an empire There are some important historical lessons to be learned here.The rest of the book is cocktail par [...]

    11. Trenchologist says:

      Reads like a survey than a narrative, as if this book is academic journal submissions reporting on the results of a study A lot of gems, great tidbits and lovely tableaus salted throughout, but these, as well as the concept of the whole, feel lost and bogged down by how spare yet expansive the ranging topics, time periods and events the author wants to recount, cover and reach Still had interesting, good things in there to learn and know, but for me, just not all told within a very good book.

    12. Tippy Jackson says:

      Very entertaining Starts with Asian history of tea, ceremonial, historical and mythical Moves to the introduction of tea to the west and the spread of tea, especially in England Discusses tea taxation, importation and law as well as the spread of the coffee house and penny universities Moves on to random chapters about tea facts and lastly discusses the fair trade organic tea movements.

    13. Ad Astra says:

      A good general overview about the growth of tea in culture, trade, and the effects it s had in colonial and imperial times I really enjoyed learning about what makes each tea green, black, white, red different in the end The writer has a lot of historical interesting information, pacing and topics were good I have a lot appreciation for the labor and effort it takes to produce my loving cup of chai

    14. Susan says:

      A comprehensive and accessible book of tea Covers the history and culture and even some of the science Captures the romance and spirit but does not veer away from the associations with colonialism and exploitation Ends with suggestions for a ethical and sustainable cup of tea Short chapters make it an easy book to pick up every now and then.

    15. Keri says:

      I felt that 50% of this book was decent, 25% was boring, and 25% was interesting I liked how the chapters topics were very short and readable Some chapters were much interesting to me than others I did learn a lot about tea, though And now, off to find some organic, free trade tea from sustainable farmers in Assam

    16. Bonnie says:

      This book was seriously fun for me I learned so many neat things and the short, mostly independent chapters made it easy to share interesting tidbits with friends I could ve lived without the last 10 pages or so not really my style, but the rest was awesome.

    17. Stan says:

      Very short chapters, skipping from topic to topic, practically like skimming through Vaguely British perspective, with a little bit of historical apologia for the ruthless colonialism in China and India.

    18. Daniel Fell says:

      Whether or not you enjoy drinking tea, if you like history, you ll enjoy this rich account of how a simple mountain shade plant became a valuable form of natural currency and the world s most popular beverage.

    19. Jim says:

      An interesting history of Tea, the most detailed book on the subject I ve found in print I find it fascinating how the introduction of caffeinated beverages to Europe coincides with humanistic, financial and scientific advances.

    20. Laura says:

      teaism is taoismif falling asleep regularly in zazen, cut off yr eyelidswisk matcha for headly frothy brew

    21. Heidi says:

      Will appeal to than tea dorks

    22. Alexandra says:

      Highly enjoyable I especially enjoyed reading about the Chinese and Japanese lore surrounding tea, and the evolution of the formal tea ritual.

    23. Donna Jo Atwood says:

      Interesting book on history of tea I wish I d had it when I did my program on tea.No recipes.Task 25.5B

    24. Charles says:

      Required reading for all tea lovers.

    25. Chels Patterson says:

      Well written and researched Good well rounded educational experience One really wants Tea when reading this history.

    26. RRex says:

      Stand by for the lecture on Fair Tradelleyes

    27. Jennifer says:

      This is a very interesting book on the history, politics and art of tea.

    28. Luisa says:

      A charmingly written and incredibly informative book EVERYTHING you could want to know about tea.

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