96 pages, 8.75 × 5.5 × 0.53 in
March 1, 2006
Harvard Common Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1558322981
ISBN - 13: 9781558322981
About the Book
This gorgeous, four-color gift book showcases just why green tea is so popular in American culture today. With beautiful photos and 50 delicious recipes for hot and cold teas, smoothies and cocktails, and even savory and sweet foods, this is a great gift for anyone who enjoys green tea.
Read from the Book
Introduction In China and Japan, green tea is the fuel that drives and invigorates the daily lives of millions. From early morning until late at night, cups of fresh, fragrant green tea poured from steaming teapots provide an uplifting and relaxing break from the hectic pace of daily life. Much like westerners and their beloved cups of coffee, many Asians never let their lidded cups of tea stray too far from sight. Today, as in the past, housewives, students, workers, and travelers rely on the social pleasures of the local teahouse to provide a calm and meditative place for relaxing or catching up with a friend on the latest news. Accompanied by simple snacks, a modest cup of green tea soothes away the rough edges of the day and connects the drinker with social and cultural traditions of tea drinking that have endured for centuries. The culture of green tea drinking in China and Japan goes beyond mere refreshment, as it is meant to engage and delight the senses through careful attention to both the preparation and the drinking of the tea. Much has been written by Chinese monks and Japanese Zen scholars to underscore the necessity for ritual in tea preparation. Additionally, writers and poets enthusiastically note the pleasures one can expect from drinking a cup of this tranquil, liquid jade. Even with today’s busy schedules, the classical nature of tea drinking in China and Japan is still respected. Tea drinking in Asia involves more than just the drinking of tea. The cups, w
From the Publisher
Enjoyed by millions the world over for two millennia as a soothing, fragrant hot drink, green tea has steadily gained popularity in recent years. Those looking for ways to experiment with this hip, healthy, and delicious beverage will find 50 sweet and savory recipes and beautiful color photos in Mary Lou Heiss’s Green Tea. Included are recipes for everything from classic hot and iced green teas to fruit smoothies, cocktails, entrées, and desserts. Warm up with Chrysanthemum Harmony Green Tea or Cinnamon-Star Anise Green Tea, and find cool refreshment in Toasted Coconut Iced Green Tea or with a Green Tea, Watermelon, and Pear Smoothie. Green tea serves as a terrific ingredient in mixed drinks like the pomegranate-infused Tropical Sky. Rounding out this collection is a selection of savory and sweet food recipes, including Spicy Green Tea–Rubbed Grilled Salmon and White Chocolate–Green Tea Ice Cream.
In addition to the versatility of this beverage, medical research has proven that drinking green tea can have significant health benefits such as lowering blood pressure, bolstering immunity, protecting skin from free-radical damage, and reducing the incidence of cancer. It contains fluoride, helping to reduce the risk of cavities, and has also been shown to help maintain a healthy digestive tract.
In Green Tea, enthusiasts will learn information on the history of green tea and how to select, purchase, brew, and store it. No matter how it’s served, green tea is guaranteed to calm the mind and stimulate the palate with its unique, timeless flavor.
About the Author
Mary Lou Heiss is co-owner and specialty foods buyer for Cooks Shop Here, a gourmet food shop in western Massachusetts. An enthusiastic chef and world traveler, Mary Lou has filled her store for the last thirty years with authentic international coffees, teas, and foods, demonstrating a passionate understanding of their rich historical and cultural origins. The store benefits from Mary Lou’s frequent trips to Asia to collect an incredible variety of teas, which she sells in her store and through her website, CooksShopHere.com. Mary Lou is a member of Culinary Historians of Boston, Tea Council of the USA, International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), and California Olive Oil Council (COOC). She frequently gives lectures on tea, tea gardens, world cultures, Asian/world cuisines, and olive oil. When she is not traveling the world, Mary Lou lives in Massachusetts with her husband. Visit Heiss’ blog, An Educated Palate, AnEducatedPalate.BlogSpot.com. Mary Lou Heiss is co-owner and specialty foods buyer for Cooks Shop Here, a gourmet food shop in western Massachusetts. An enthusiastic chef and world traveler, Mary Lou has filled her store for the last thirty years with authentic international coffees, teas, and foods, demonstrating a passionate understanding of their rich historical and cultural origins. The store benefits from Mary Lou’s frequent trips to Asia to collect an incredible variety of teas, which she sells in her store and through her website, CooksShopH
“An enthusiastic and comprehensive look at one of our favorite subjects—green tea. Mary Lou Heiss writes with a sincere appreciation for the nuances of green tea, from its extensive history to brewing basics to a great selection of inventive recipes.”
—Tom Lisicki, president and CEO of The Stash Tea Company, Portland, Oregon