This series of three Tea In The City books (New York, London & Paris) is a wonderful addition to my tea library.
They are on sale right now at Elmwood Inn Fine Teas. They normally sell for $18.95 each, but you can purchase the set of three for $14.99 right now.
These books are filled with lots of interesting tea facts and history, as well as wonderful photographs of interesting landmarks, antiques, tea foods, etc. Since they serve as a tea lover’s guide to sipping and shopping in the city, there are many tea rooms listed. It is quite entertaining to see the photos and visit them on their websites.
I’m discovering a lot of things that I didn’t know about the history of tea. For instance, the New York book tells me that in 1808, John Jacob Astor’s ship, The Beaver, sailed for Canton loaded with $45,000 worth of fur and other goods. She returned with $200,000 worth of Chinese tea. This helped the once-penniless German immigrant to become America’s first multimillionaire.
It looks like I’ll be enjoying many hours of armchair tea travel with Tea In The City.