Wednesday, June 10, 2009

America’s Tea Sage

"America's new tea lovers are the people who have forced the tea trade to wake up," Norwood says. "Elsewhere, tea has meant a certain way, a certain tradition, for centuries, but this is America! The American tea lover is heir to all the world's tea drinking traditions, from Japanese tea ceremonies to Russian samovars to English scones in the afternoon. India chai, China green, you name it and we can claim it and make it ours. And that's just what we are doing. In this respect, ours is the most innovative and exciting tea scene anywhere."

 

Mr. Pratt has a new book “James Norwood Pratt’s Tea Dictionary” which is on my wish list.  I know it will be an excellent addition to my tea library.

6 comments:

Steph said...

I love this quote! I had the great fortune to take a class from Jane Pettigrew a few years ago. She also indicated that it was the US that was pushing the tea industry to evolve.

Angela McRae said...

What a GREAT video, Maureen! I have James Norwood Pratt's "Tea Lover's Treasury" but have never heard him speak, so this was a real treat. And I learned a lot, too, like using the gaiwan lid to stir my tea! I wish that his Tea Dictionary were not $100 because I would love to have a copy! Maybe I can *rent* yours for a weekend when it rises to the top of your wish list, ha!

Marilyn Miller said...

My husband was going to buy Norwood's book for me at the tea expo until he saw the price. I am sure it would be a good book to have, but maybe when it goes on sale. I found Michael Harney's book on sale at Barnes & Noble for $4.95. We can only hope. Norwood is a fun person to meet and chat with.

Linda J. said...

I have met Norwood Pratt and heard him speak on two occasions. Great video! Thanks for sharing.

Martha said...

I am a tea lover and have heard of Ms. Pettigrew but never James Norwood Pratt -- thanks for sharing.

Frivolitea said...

Thank you for introducing me to this wonderful video! I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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