Two Classic Tea Books of the 20th Century

Book of Tea, Edinburgh edition 1917Two landmark books on the subject of tea were published in the first half of the twentieth century. One, written by a William Ukers, was a massive two-volume reference set chronicling tea as a commodity. The other was an inspirational collection of essays from Japanese artist Okakura Kakuzo, who spoke…

President Kennedy Takes Tea in Ireland

President John F. Kennedy was honored as a returning son during his visit to Ireland in June 1963. He is pictured here receiving a cup of tea from his distant cousin Mary Ann Ryan as her mother, Mrs. Mary Ryan, looks on outside the Kennedy ancestral homestead in Duganstown, Ireland. The president's tea toast that day was "We want to…

A Recipe for Chai

The chai phenomenon has swept across the United States for over a decade, partly because of our growing tea and coffee culture and the rising popularity of Indian cuisine. But do you know the difference between chaiand masala chai? The Hindi word for tea is chai, a derivation of the Chinese word for tea — cha. Thanks to…