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With its own aromas and delights, as well as a host of health bene?ts, including enhancing immune system function and lessening damage from free radicals, green tea continues to grow more popular in American diets. Yet because it is brewed differently, and many varieties of green tea are available, there is more to know about making a good cup of green tea than how to boil With its own aromas and delights, as well as a host of health bene?ts, including enhancing immune system function and lessening damage from free radicals, green tea continues to grow more popular in American diets. Yet because it is brewed differently, and many varieties of green tea are available, there is more to know about making a good cup of green tea than how to boil water. The Green Tea User’s Manual leaves no leaf unturned, introducing 16 of the most popular types of green tea, including Dragon Well, Sencha, Jasmine, and the Japanese tea Gen Mai Cha. It describes the three stages of bubbles to look for when boiling water and the various vessels in which to brew, from pots to small covered cups known as guywans. Lovely line drawings, original recipes, anecdotes, lore, and related green tea tips help to make this irresistible little book a perfect gift for anyone with a penchant for tea.


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With its own aromas and delights, as well as a host of health bene?ts, including enhancing immune system function and lessening damage from free radicals, green tea continues to grow more popular in American diets. Yet because it is brewed differently, and many varieties of green tea are available, there is more to know about making a good cup of green tea than how to boil With its own aromas and delights, as well as a host of health bene?ts, including enhancing immune system function and lessening damage from free radicals, green tea continues to grow more popular in American diets. Yet because it is brewed differently, and many varieties of green tea are available, there is more to know about making a good cup of green tea than how to boil water. The Green Tea User’s Manual leaves no leaf unturned, introducing 16 of the most popular types of green tea, including Dragon Well, Sencha, Jasmine, and the Japanese tea Gen Mai Cha. It describes the three stages of bubbles to look for when boiling water and the various vessels in which to brew, from pots to small covered cups known as guywans. Lovely line drawings, original recipes, anecdotes, lore, and related green tea tips help to make this irresistible little book a perfect gift for anyone with a penchant for tea.

30 review for The Green Tea User's Manual

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hal Johnson

    Gustafson on the tea varieties called bancha, hojicha, and kukicha: "These chippy-choppy names skip across the page like chubby little kittens." This is so cloying that it is hateful. Also, tea leaves do not actually look as though they had been scrunched up in the fist of a "tiny gnome." I had assumed the whole thing was a parody, because surely no restauranteur could have named her daughter Fanny Waters, and no mother and daughter team could possibly have had a sartorial emergency (while on th Gustafson on the tea varieties called bancha, hojicha, and kukicha: "These chippy-choppy names skip across the page like chubby little kittens." This is so cloying that it is hateful. Also, tea leaves do not actually look as though they had been scrunched up in the fist of a "tiny gnome." I had assumed the whole thing was a parody, because surely no restauranteur could have named her daughter Fanny Waters, and no mother and daughter team could possibly have had a sartorial emergency (while on the way to "an elegant event in Manhattan") that was solved by tea. But Alice Waters really did name her daughter Fanny (says Wikipedia), and the whole book is straight faced to the end. "It is special." Unforgivable.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sasifras

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Not usually a fan of green teas but I enjoyed this book. It was the first to discuss the three waters, give Chinese names for the teas, and give me a good run-down of Japanese greens (I am a fan of Hojicha.) The reason she only gets four stars is because she promotes Lipton. Thankfully, this was towards the end of the book or I would have lost all credibility for her. Instead, I enjoyed the personality of the book and learning more about tea. Now, perhaps, I may be able to make Dragon Well correc Not usually a fan of green teas but I enjoyed this book. It was the first to discuss the three waters, give Chinese names for the teas, and give me a good run-down of Japanese greens (I am a fan of Hojicha.) The reason she only gets four stars is because she promotes Lipton. Thankfully, this was towards the end of the book or I would have lost all credibility for her. Instead, I enjoyed the personality of the book and learning more about tea. Now, perhaps, I may be able to make Dragon Well correctly. It has always been a challenge even when I am not the brewer.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lili

    Today tasty cup of tea book is The Green Tea User's Manual by Helen Gustafson, noted Tea Sommelier from Chez Panisse Restaurant. I have never heard of this restaurant, but from what I can glean from the menu is it is very fancy, in Berkeley, and rather pricey, the food looks tasty though! This is a fairly short book all about Green Tea, and unlike some of the other books that claim to be all about Green Tea, this one actually sticks to theme. There are very few mentions of other types of tea, in Today tasty cup of tea book is The Green Tea User's Manual by Helen Gustafson, noted Tea Sommelier from Chez Panisse Restaurant. I have never heard of this restaurant, but from what I can glean from the menu is it is very fancy, in Berkeley, and rather pricey, the food looks tasty though! This is a fairly short book all about Green Tea, and unlike some of the other books that claim to be all about Green Tea, this one actually sticks to theme. There are very few mentions of other types of tea, in fact there is very little mention of tea's history (except green) and the tea plant. This book does some things very right, for one thing it calls the process of exposing tea to air oxidation instead of fermentation, even going as far to say that calling it fermentation is incorrect. It gives the correct temperatures to brew different kinds of green, stating that all teas are a little bit different and it takes experimenting to find the 'sugar spot' for the best cup. I enjoy the section explaining how to observe water and judge its temperature by looking at the bubbles. This method was invaluable to me before I got my temperature control kettle. It also just presents some good information about tea, which is always a plus in my book. However, I am exceptionally picky when it comes to book, I tend to get very nit-picky, which is a little funny in comparison to my taste in tea. I might have a very discerning nose and palate, but it turns out I am not at all picky, which is awesome because I enjoy most the teas I try. I wish I were the same with books, it would make some of the time I spend on terrible novels a lot more enjoyable. And I am getting off on a tangent again...anyway, back on subject! The negative aspects of this book are pretty few, there are times when the wording seems a little cutesy bordering on demeaning (like saying in reference of Japanese teas: 'these chippy-choppy names skip across the pages like chubby kittens') now I always appreciate a little whimsy, but it seems so out of place with the tone of the book. The really big problem was in the 'health section' in reference to decaffeinating your tea by rinsing it. I want to go back in time, find out who started perpetrating this myth, and hit them with a sack of tea. It makes me angry, like few other things do, when I see this...I take it so personal because in my younger days I read this and believed it. At the time I was on medication that did not mix well with caffeine, let's just say the result made for a miserable experience. This is really a great little beginners guide to Green Tea, I would go as far as to say this has been the best stand alone guide to Green Tea I have run into. There might be better ones out there, but I have not found one yet. It is one of those books that I feel is a 'seed planter' it acts as a good base for people with a passing interest, but if you gave this book to someone who developing an obsession with tea...it would plant so many research seeds in their brain that they would spend hours looking things up. On my tea blog: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blog...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    A small, artfully done book that was not worth the $17.50 cover price, but luckily I read it through my library and I see that it can be purchased used for under $1 on amazon ( minus shipping costs ). Helen Gustafson was a restaurant connoisseur who became a tea connoisseur. I Googled her and found a New York Times article about her. She passed away at the age of 74 from cancer ( maybe the green tea gave her a few more years ). One of her colleagues offered an interesting quote about her accompli A small, artfully done book that was not worth the $17.50 cover price, but luckily I read it through my library and I see that it can be purchased used for under $1 on amazon ( minus shipping costs ). Helen Gustafson was a restaurant connoisseur who became a tea connoisseur. I Googled her and found a New York Times article about her. She passed away at the age of 74 from cancer ( maybe the green tea gave her a few more years ). One of her colleagues offered an interesting quote about her accomplishments. He said that before her work with tea it was impossible to find a great cup of tea in the United States, now it is just highly unlikely. The book gives a brief introduction to about 2 dozen different types of green tea, as well as her customized brewing instructions for each. Her methods rely on using a sauce pan and discerning temperature by the bubbles. The recipes call for steeping the leaves about 2 min. Some teas a bit longer. Some, especially the high quality teas a bit less. She blames cheaply and widely available gunpowder and sencha tea for giving Americans a bad impression of green tea. She advises beginners to start off with genmaicha , kukicha and bancha. According to her they have more pronounced tastes and are harder to ruin during preparation. After those teas she recommends higher quality gunpowder and sencha for the beginner before moving on to high grade green teas. I can't wait until I come across some Lipton green tea to try her instructions out. Anyway, I thought people here might find this information useful. You never know where you will end up when you are in the mood for green tea. This book is a good introduction to appreciating green tea for those new to green tea.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cornerofmadness

    Not really a whole heck of a lot you can say here. This is a book for serious tea drinkers, simple as that. If your idea of great tea is popping some bags of supermarket tea into a cup, you’re not going to get much out of this. However, if you consider yourself picky about tea, you might want to look this one up. Green teas are weak and/or bitter. That’s the thought of many and the whole point of this book is to prove that isn’t the way it’s supposed to be. Ms Gustafson is a professional tea purc Not really a whole heck of a lot you can say here. This is a book for serious tea drinkers, simple as that. If your idea of great tea is popping some bags of supermarket tea into a cup, you’re not going to get much out of this. However, if you consider yourself picky about tea, you might want to look this one up. Green teas are weak and/or bitter. That’s the thought of many and the whole point of this book is to prove that isn’t the way it’s supposed to be. Ms Gustafson is a professional tea purchaser and shop owner and she walks you through all the various types of green tea (and not just the broad categories of jasmine, oolong and green). This book is full of tidbits on the health benefits of tea, how to boil the water and what pot to boil it in. I had learned only recently from a new online tea shop that I was doing green tea all wrong. It’s meant to be brewed much shorter and with cooler water than black. This book reinforces that idea and what an improvement it has made. The book weaves tea anecdotes with the brew times, user and buyer tips for dozens of types of tea. So go pick up some dong ding, dragon well or kukicha and ready your guywan and sit back with this book to learn a little bit about how to brew and drink green tea properly.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    “Precious” I believe is the right word to describe this book. Its adorable as a silver tea pot with bone china tea cups on a lace dollie covered side table in the house of the fussiest of old aunts. The book is the equivalent of the aristo who simply doesn’t realize not everyone has the time and resources for a kitchen stuffed full of every single thermometer, pot, saucepan and kettle known to the culinary world. That said, the book packs a lot of hard information here: the history, chemistry, en “Precious” I believe is the right word to describe this book. Its adorable as a silver tea pot with bone china tea cups on a lace dollie covered side table in the house of the fussiest of old aunts. The book is the equivalent of the aristo who simply doesn’t realize not everyone has the time and resources for a kitchen stuffed full of every single thermometer, pot, saucepan and kettle known to the culinary world. That said, the book packs a lot of hard information here: the history, chemistry, entomology, choosing, and grades of tea. It’s a book purely for the heavy duty tea junky rather than the casual, social user.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Anna Harper

    I enjoyed reading this book. It has good information for people who are new to drinking green tea and there was information I found interesting as a tea geek. A friend bought it for me or I would not have read it. As a reader I am more likely to read a book if it is offered in ebook form. Once I read it, I donated it to the library. I generally don't keep many physical books. I have limited space, like to keep my home clutter free and don't like to waste resources. I mostly read ebooks unless the I enjoyed reading this book. It has good information for people who are new to drinking green tea and there was information I found interesting as a tea geek. A friend bought it for me or I would not have read it. As a reader I am more likely to read a book if it is offered in ebook form. Once I read it, I donated it to the library. I generally don't keep many physical books. I have limited space, like to keep my home clutter free and don't like to waste resources. I mostly read ebooks unless the book is only available in print. When it is I try the library first.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Micha

    This was a very good book for a beginner, because Madame Gustafson makes a point to tea new tea advocates about the importance of water to the leaves, as well as how to tell the temperature of boiling water just by hearing or seeing it - which is absolutely essential to a good cup of tea. I would highly recommend this book!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

  11. 5 out of 5

    Serena

  12. 5 out of 5

    Evie Basically

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marzi PECEN

  14. 5 out of 5

    Donny

  15. 4 out of 5

    Vivian

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brittiny

  17. 5 out of 5

    Grimread

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kari

  19. 5 out of 5

    AFRM

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amy Beckman

  21. 5 out of 5

    Badgett

  22. 4 out of 5

    Terrence

  23. 5 out of 5

    Annie Grace

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hummingbirder

  25. 5 out of 5

    Justwinter

  26. 5 out of 5

    Iris

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brianleb

  28. 5 out of 5

    Molly

  29. 4 out of 5

    Samantha McGuire (Mirror Bridge Books)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kim Scripture

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