The Life of Tea
A Journey to the World's Finest Teas
‘The taste and experience of pure nature, with all its exquisite flavours and aromas, are at the heart of the enjoyment of tea.’ For this spectacular three-part ‘Journey’, the authors, a documentary photographer and a tea expert, first went in search of the tea plants and the process from ‘earth to cup’, then explored the finest tea mountains of China, Japan, India and Sri Lanka and, finally, sought out the cultural world that has developed around tea drinking.
The Biology of Temporary Waters
Temporary waters include intermittent streams and ponds, episodic rain puddles, seasonal limestone lakes, water-retaining structures of plants and man-made containers. This study focuses on the remarkable properties and adaptations of the obligate temporary-water species these habitats support.
Kew's Teas, Tonics and Tipples
Inspiring Botanical Drinks to Excite Your Tastebuds
With recipes including Oatmeal Posset, Chilli Hot Chocolate, and The Walled Garden (a cocktail made with rose water), along with short essays on topics such as tea drinking, bitters and fennel, and reproductions of botanical art, this colourful celebration of drinks, the plants used to make them and their history, comprises contributions from the ‘Kew community’, including Bob Flowerdew on making cider and Sarah Heaton on ‘drinking garden herbs’.
A Drink for the Devil
After petroleum, coffee is the most traded commodity in the world, with over 7 million tonnes produced annually. By 2015 Britain had more than 20,000 coffee shops, and the sector is still growing. This book charts the history of what a pope called ‘the Devil’s drink’, the rise of the coffee house in 18th-century Europe and the global industry today.
All the Kremlin's Men
Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin
Drawing on hundreds of interviews with Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, the Russian journalist Mikhail Zygar presents a portrait of Putin, the ‘man who accidentally became king’ and the machinations of his court. Described as ‘a milestone’ by the Financial Times, the book covers the years 1999 to 2015, revealing the inner workings of the Kremlin and the power struggles of oligarchs and officials as it traces Putin’s metamorphosis from ‘Vlad the Lionheart’ to ‘Vlad the Terrible’.
How to Make Tea
The Science Behind the Leaf
With 5,000 years of history, 2,000 styles, and 250 different species of the plant genus Camellia, this guide covers everything there is to know about tea. Sections include information on the tea-growing regions, how the plant is harvested and processed, and detailed instructions on how to make the perfect cup, from getting the right temperature, to steeping times and how to use a teaspoon.