NEW TASTES IN GREEN TEA is an original cookbook that ushers an underappreciated flavor into the kitchen as a beverage and a cooking ingredient. The range of recipes is startling. Green Tea Latte, Matcha Smoothie, or Iced Matcha au Lait take "the greens" in new directions. Mouthwatering recipes for gratin, quiche, pastas, and desserts will enliven the adventurous cook's culinary repertoire. While breaking fresh ground, NEW TASTES IN GREEN TEA also covers the basics. Author Mutsuko Tokunaga, vice president of the World Green Tea Association, introduces the reader to the most popular types of traditional tea, the fine art of brewing a perfect cup, and the ins and outs of tea lore. Lavish images by two top food photographers provide the perfect visual accompaniment for making green tea a part of everyday life. This book arrives at the perfect time. With the growing awareness of the health benefits of this popular beverage, and the emergence of such innovative teas as vanilla hojicha and mango sencha, green tea is finding a place in more and more households. On the health front, the beneficial properties are almost too numerous to count. It is said to restrict the increase of blood cholesterol, control high blood pressure, lower blood pressure, refresh the body, deter food poisoning, help prevent cavities, fight viruses, and freshen skin. Whether you are looking for a bevy of palate-pleasing drinks or savory new food recipes, NEW TASTES IN GREEN TEA is a must-have for anyone seeking to appreciate the versatility and elegant flavorings of one of the world's most healthful beverages.