The history of tea is fascinating, and this well-researched and interesting book tells the story of tea from its roots in India and China to its migration to Europe and the Americas. Everyone knows tea is good for you. But what kind, green or black? Are there other choices? How much tea should you drink for optimal health benefits? Is it true that drinking tea suppresses appetite and helps you lose weight? Does drinking tea really prevent cancer? How do you prepare a fine cup of tea? Does the caffeine in tea have the same effect as caffeine in coffee? Is it true that a passion for tea has changed world history on more than one occasion? Why was the Boston Tea Party such a big deal? Is it true that Samurai warriors in Japan, out of respect for the tea ritual, always removed their swords before entering a tea house? PASSION FOR TEA answers all these questions and more. Tea expert John Harney of Harney & Sons Fine Teas, says: "Beverly Rorem's PASSION FOR TEA provides wisdom by the cupful. If we all make a high quality tea an everyday luxury as Beverly recommends, we are sure to grow healthier and happier and more at ease in this world and the life we share."