Category Archives: books

Literary Tea Co.

You might imagine I could get behind a company whose slogan is “Drink more tea, read more books.”  The Literary Tea Co. is a purveyor of organic teas “inspired by literary geniuses.”

Why not try a cup of William Shakespeare Tea, a blend of black tea with orange peels and rose petals?

Or perhaps some Charlotte Bronte tea, organic peppermint with lemon peel and apple?

Check out these and others including writers from J.R.R. Tolkein to Edgar Allan Poe.


Tea and a Book

My dear friend Ana sent me a link to a blog post the other day about the Novel Tea club.  Here you can sign up for a monthly package which will include a novel (romance, sci-fi, fantasy or young adult), a tea, and some other goodies depending on the month. I haven’t given it a try yet, but what could be better than tea and a good book every month?


A sample Novel Tea Kit, available for $32.99/month at


Steeped: Recipes Infused With Tea

I was excited to read in our local paper about a new book, Steeped: Recipes Infused With Tea by Annelies Zijderveld.

Steeped: Recipes Infused with Tea by Annelies Zijderveld, $8.49 Kindle/$15.27 Hardcover


“The book features more than 60 plant-based recipes that include brewed tea or tea leaves as ingredients. Standouts include masala chai pumpkin bread, Earl Grey soba noodle salad and chamomile risotto.”

The article also references my favorite local tea store, Tea Market, and talks about the Midwest Tea Fest being held in Kansas City on June 6.  What a great find!

Universi-tea: For All the Tea in China

Last week I read an interesting article in the Tea Tuesdays section of The Salt entitled “The Scottish Spy Who Stole China’s Tea Empire.”  The post was primarily about a book: For All the Tea in China by Sarah Rose.

The book tells the tale of Robert Fortune, a man from humble Scottish beginnings, who became the horticulturist who traveled through China multiple times to learn the secrets of Chinese tea and steal seedlings for the British Empire to start producing tea in India.

The book begins:

There was a time when maps of the world were redrawn in the name of plants, when two empires, Britain and China, went to war over two flowers: the poppy and the camellia.

I’m not a huge history buff, but this book was a fairly quick read and quite interesting.  I would recommend it if you’re interested in learning just how you can get that great cuppa today.

Books & Tea: BookCup

I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I’m enjoying a cup of tea I want to curl up with a good book and escape.  These adorable BookCup book covers would be great if you’re reading a paper book!

“BookCup” Japanese Designer Mug Shaped Book Cover, KibardinDesign, $59.90