Tea book list

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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.