Posted by Sashee Chandran

This week, I have selected two very different and yet two very useful and fun books. Both will teach you a bit more about the deeply-infused (no pun intended!) role that tea plays in our cultural and culinary lives, the world over.

The first book is called Tea: History, Terroirs, Varieties by Kevin Gascoyne, Francois Marchand, and Jasmin Desharnais.

This book, in its second edition, provides an elegant survey of the world of teas, complete with beautiful illustrations. It is sure to provide a wealth of knowledge and good reading for everyone from the experienced tea aficionado to the novice who is eager to learn more about one of the world's favorite beverages.

The second book is quite exciting and very new--it is currently available for pre-order and will be released in April 2015. Why all the fuss? You'll see! 

Steeped: Recipes Infused With Tea by Annelies Zijderveld, one of the most fun tea-themed cookbooks we've ever stumbled upon. 


Taken from's coverage of the book:

"Steeped is smart, inventive, and most of all, inspiring.. Annelies has got me daydreaming about the possibilities of tea, from Sweet Tea Jelly on toast to California Tea Leaf Salad and Arnold Palmer Poppy Seed Muffins. This beautiful book deserves a spot next to your teacup." - Molly Wizenberg, author of A Homemade Life and Delancey

This is a compelling read because it offers not only sweets recipes for tea-infused scones and treats, but also ways to use tea in savory dishes (for example, with vegetables!), as well. 

Either one of these books would make great gifts--the holidays are just around the corner, after all! They would be perfect for the tea lover on your list (and that includes you!).

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