Monday, May 23, 2011

Tea in the City

Last time I gave you fellow tea friend an outline of what my blog was meant to be. Today I am going to talk about a book on Tea in Paris. The book is part of a series called Tea in The City. These books are written by Jane Pettigrew, Bruce Richardson and Elizabeth Knight (more on them later) and cover the three cities, New York, London and Paris. I have read both the London and Paris one, but do not own the New York one. If anyone of you fellow tea friends can comment on the New York book, I’d be more than delighted.
All three books are published by Benjamin Press. Below are the details:
By Jane Pettigrew and Bruce Richardson (ISBN 978-0-9793431-0-0)
114 pages, 150 colour photographs

By Jane Pettigrew and Bruce Richardson (ISBN 0966347889)
114 pages, 150 colour photographs

By Elizabeth Knight, photography by Bruce Richardson (ISBN 0966347870)
114 pages, 130 colour photographs

After having read the London and the Paris book I have to say that the Paris book is far superior to the London one. I think this comes mainly from the fact that London doesn’t have as much to offer when it comes to tea.
Paris is the European Capital of Tea, there are tea shops, tea rooms and tea things all over the city. You can’t walk for more than 10 minutes without stumbling onto something tea related. I think the guide book reflects this well. After an introduction by the authors on Paris and tea in Paris the book is divided into chapters each covering an area of Paris. There is a map at the start of the chapter to orientate the reader. Each chapter is then sub-divided into teashops and tearooms. Establishments are briefly described and some of their available teas listed. Further we find the address, email, web page as well as the nearest Metro station for each establishment. Shops or cafes of particular note are given a page long entry. There are vivid pictures throughout the book as well as glossaries and an index.

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