Thursday, May 20, 2010

Heal your soul--and drink more tea

If, amidst the cat boxes, children’s toys, and ringing phone, you aspire to a higher form of existence, get these two books.

The first is “Tea with a Twist,: Entertaining and Cooking with Tea” and the second is “The World in Your Teacup: Celebrating Tea Traditions Near and Far.”

If you know someone refined and perfect, this would be a great gift, too.

I am so far from perfect it’s not on my map and I am not very refined, but these gorgeous books, written by Lisa Boalt Richardson, with luscious, soft-focus photography by Lauren Rubenstein, took me to a better place.

As if you needed to ask, Richardson is a certified tea specialist.

Between the two books, you will learn how to brew tea in the way of all the great tea-drinking nations. There are recipes for tea-centered parties, including a chocolate party with chocolate tea.

You will learn how to make tea from certain flowers, how to prepare an all-green meal. How do Key Lime Coconut Bars sound?

Ah, do have a cuppa.

By the way, tea is also healthful.

Throwing Luzianne decaf tea bags into water and putting the pitcher in the fridge probably does not even qualify as tea drinking on this level, but we do drink it.

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