The Tea Industry is one of the few -- that I know of -- where the "authorities" are open, approachable, friendly, and wiling to continue teaching the industry novices. I have found the norm to be that the authorities are too busy "resting on the laurels" they have built to take time to educate the masses. Not so with tea people. It is almost an unwritten rule that one must continue to share the tea wisdom, knowledge, and experiences that have been shared with you with others. It is this philosophy I experience each time I read the new issue of Tea Time Magazine.
Take the most recent issue (Tea Time July/August 2012) I not only discovered Barry W. Cooper an International Tea Master through an article by one of my absolute favorite Tea authorities on tea and tea lore, James Norwood Pratt but one of my "Tea Sisters" was featured in an article. Julia Matson is one intelligent lady who just happens to also be beautiful. What an outstanding combination. Here is a magazine that has the how-to's for tea ideas, recipes, and pairings as well as providing their subscribers with a schedule of upcoming tea events and tea spots to visit while traveling.
Ok, let's get back to the reason for this blog -- Silver Spoons, Mad Baboons, and Other Tales of Tea by Barry W. Cooper. I found this book to provide a realistic reflection from the history of tea while being extremely entertaining. So entertaining that I found myself hiding away with a cuppa and the book for two days to go from cover to cover. At times laughing out loud while reading Cooper's Tea Tales. This book is absolutely a "must read" for any tea fan but more so it should be read by all -- I promise that once you read this book you will give a cuppa tea a try. If for no other reason than to lift you cuppa to B.W. Cooper with a "Job Well Done" salute.
Thank you Tea Time Magazine, Norwood James Pratt, and Barry W. Cooper for continuing to share your tea knowledge and experiences with us.
Until we once again gather for a cuppa, I am. . .
The Tea And Hat Lady