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Steeped
In the World of Tea
edited by Sharon Bard, Brigit Nielsen, and Clara Rosemarda; photography by Juliana Spear

7" x 7" • 160 pages • full-color photos throughout
ISBN 9781566565561 • paperback • $20.00

Spanning the globe from Russia to Japan, from Kenya to Palestine, from Germany to Sumatra, Steeped is a literary anthology about the world’s most popular drink. This full-color, beautifully illustrated collection celebrates the ancient traditions of tea, and their place in the modern world. Here are recipes for Moroccan mint tea, the perfect Indian chai, Chinese fertility tea. And just as conversation and stories go naturally with a cup of tea, there are stories that take you around the world: to Japan during the Korean War, to a tea picnic on the roof of the world in the Himalayas, to a Sumatran jungle where POWs eat Danish cookies and drink English tea over chess, to an American kitchen where a Palestinian makes mint tea.

A quirky and moving selection of essays and poems, Steeped does much more than evoke that delicious, hot or cold, spicy or soothing, dizzying or healing beverage. It is an intimate invitation—Can I make you a cup of tea?—writ large. Here, tea drinking bridges the ethnic, continental, and temporal divides of our rapidly changing world.


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Alternately wise, quirky, funny, sad, exotic, and refined, Steeped: In the World of Tea unfurls like the leaves of the tea plant. It reveals a cosmos of human experience as it centers around the rituals of gathering, making, and drinking tea. If you think you know what tea is, think again. In a world of caffeinnated stress, this collection will give you a rich new perspective on the joys of a cup of tea. -Diana Abu-Jaber, author of Crescent and Arabian Jazz

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