For devoted tea drinkers everywhere, "Tales of a Tea Leaf"--a complete guide to the intricacies of tea lore, tea brewing, and tea cuisine--is here. Part One of this book begins with an exploration of the legends and lore of tea. Read through the pages to discover intriguing details of tea's regal history, including its mysterious age-old relationship with rebels and smugglers. You will also learn of the many tea types and brewing methods, as well as the remarkable health benefits of the tea leaf. Part Two presents a collection of delicious tea beverages, from refreshing iced drinks to warm, spicy brews. And because tea is so much more than an amber-colored infusion, this book also offers many other wonderful tea creations, such as Apricot Tea Bread and Pumpkin Chai Pie. You don't need to be a tea lover to enjoy "Tales of a Tea Leaf. With nearly 3,000 varieties steeped in almost 5,000 years of history, tea and its fascinating story can be appreciated by everyone.Sometimes soothing, sometimes invigorating, tea has a rich and illustrious history that spans thousands of years. An integral part of both ancient ceremony and modern sophistication, tea follows water as the most popular beverage in the world. In fact, an estimated trillion cups of this beverage are consumed each year. For devoted tea drinkers everywhere, Tales of a Tea Leafa complete guide to the intricacies of tea lore, tea brewing, and tea cuisineis here.