What Others Have Said About Us




The Story of Tea:
A Cultural History and Drinking Guide,
(Ten Speed Press, 2007)



Nina Simonds visited us to gather information and interview us for her book review of The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide, which appeared in the September 19, 2007 Dining In/Dining Out Section of the NY Times.


Nina is so enthusiastic about  our book that she decided to film a vlog entitled Unlocking the Secrets of Tea for her website Spices of Life as well. She and videographer extra-ordinaire Steve Garfield, created the v-log which you can view here.

We’re honored that Nina took such an interest in us, our book, and the subject of tea. Thank you Nina and Steve!

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“An engaging historical and cultural study, this guide is geared toward both novice and consummate consumers intrigued by the world’s 2,000-year-old tea habit.”
—Publishers Weekly

The Story of Tea” is an extraordinary volume, a compellingly good read with stunning photography. As a tea enthusiast wanting to share my fervor with others, I am especially grateful for the glossary of lyrical and evocative yet authoritative terminology. Thank you, Mary Lou and Robert, for creating such a comprehensive and delightful book.”
—Elizabeth Andoh, author of Washoku: Recipes from a Japanese Home Kitchen

“With the publication of this encyclopedic and generously detailed guide, we now have a reference to consult for the what, where, when, who, how, or why of any tea. Reading “The Story of Tea” we get caught up in the mysteries and traditions of tea growing and processing.”
—Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid, authors of Mangoes and Curry Leaves

“This book is like a mini encyclopedia dedicated to all things Camellia sinensis.”
—Imbibe Magazine

“The Heisses have written a valuable guide.”
—Library Journal

“All pertinent tea-making questions are answered in knowledgeable, buoyant prose in this handy guide.”

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The Tea Enthusiast’s Handbook:
A Guide to Enjoying the World’s Best Teas,
(Ten Speed Press, 2009)





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Hot Drinks:
Cider, Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Spiced Punch, Spirits
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