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IN CONNECTION WITH CMF/CAMOC's 2004-5 LECTURES ON TEA (SEE LECTURES) HERE ARE SOME CLASSIC BOOKS ON THE SUBJECT

Fortune, Robert A Journey to the Tea Countries of China (London: John Murray, 1852)  [by the observant Scottish botanist who first "smuggled" (in fact, openly exported) tea plants from China to India, excellent but out of print]

Blofeld, John The Chinese Art of Tea (Boston: Shambala, 1985)  [an informed insider's view by a noted Buddhist teacher; out of print but available in 2nd-hand bookstores]

Okakura, Kazuo The Book of Tea (Charles E. Tuttle, 2000; with new introduction by Liza Dalby)  [probably the most influential book on tea in the English language; may be bought from Amazon.com or downloaded free from the Internet: see http://www.gutenberg.net/etext/769]

Lu Yu Cha Jing ["Tea Classic"] (written in the 8th century and reprinted many times, but mostly in Chinese)  [we are not sure if the complete Cha Jing has ever been translated, but Lu's book has been the bible of serious tea drinkers for 1200 years]

RECENT BOOKS ON TEA, NOT YET CLASSICS, INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING. ALL MAY BE PURCHASED FROM AMAZON.COM AND OTHER ON-LINE BOOKSTORES.

  • All the Tea in China
       by Kit Chow, Ione Kramer (Contributor)
  • All About Green Tea
       by Victoria Dolby Toews, et al
  • Not All Teas Are Created Equal: A Mingcha Guide to Premium Chinese Tea
       by Lee Kwan, Leo Kwan
  • A Pocket Guide to All the Tea in China
       by Kit Boey Chow, et al
  • Tea Basics
       by Wendy Rasmussen (Author), Ric Rhinehart (Author)
  • The New Tea Book
       by Sara Perry, Alison Miksch
  • 20,000 Secrets of Tea
       by Victoria Zak (Author)
  • The Way of Tea
       by Km Chuen Lam (Author), Kai Sin Lam (Author)
  • The Tea Book
       by Dawn L. Campbell
  • The Green Tea User's Manual
       by Helen Gustafson (Author)
  • The Book of Green Tea
       by Diana Rosen
  • The Tea Companion
       by Jane Pettigrew, et al
  • Tea & Etiquette
       by Dorothea Johnson, James Norwood Pratt (Introduction)