In my haste to complete the previous three part post about the recent World Tea East Expo
(for fear I would forget pertinent information)
I neglected to mention two books I picked up and one I am anxiously awaiting.
Two I will use for reference and ideas for cooking/catering and the last for pure enjoyment.
The first “Tastefully Small Finger Sandwiches” by author Kim Hendrickson: Atlantic Publishing group
While combing the aisle I stopped at Kim’s table. Her welcoming smile and sample of “Tomato-Eyed Pyramids” were the main attraction. I sampled the mini cup and whoa! This small bite packed such a punch, extremely flavorful and delicious. We began talking about what inspired this recipe, catering to the male palate. Kim has been doing catering for many years and found the more flavorful recipes win over the “Super Bowl” crew.
Besides the Tomato-Eyed Pyramids, she includes recipes for Smoked Turkey and Dried Fruit Pâté Squares, Caper and Green Tea Squares, and Bacon Chutney Tulips to name a few.
For more information:
I am looking forward to making some of Kim’s collection of culinary treats for my next event.
The second “-The New-TEA COMPANION A Guide To Teas Throughout The World“, Jane Pettigrew & Bruce Richardson: Benjamin Press
Although I have been drinking and enjoying teas for many years, I very rarely commit to memory those I do not enjoy, and they are not on my tea shelf.
I have decided to take a different approach for my future tea exploration.
Forthcoming, I will record those I sample and make notes as I taste.
“The New Tea Companion” contains a short history of tea, information on tea production, leaf grades and brewing. It also lists teas from around the world and provides a directory for reference. There is also a chapter on tea drinking and a listing of useful addresses.
A good source for a tea newcomer.
This purchase has already answered a question for me.
I was somewhat baffled when a fellow teatrader responded to my recipe for Sencha Pistou.
He suggested I might use a Bancha as opposed to a Sencha.
As I do not remember this particular tea, I never replied.
I can now say, based on the description found in this book, the leaves of Bancha are tougher and courser it probably would not be my first choice for this recipe.
I will test it out and see, watch for a future post on this subject.
Anxiously awaiting “A Tea Reader: Living Life One Cup at a Time“, Katrina Avila Munichicello: Tuttle Publishing, Oct 2011
I saw copies of Katrina’s book on several tables at the expo.
I was disappointed I could not purchase a copy while I was there.
As I mentioned in a prior post, I had the great fortune to speak to Katrina about her inspiration to compose this work.
The work is a collection of non-fiction, tea inspired essays from writers past and present.
After hearing Katrina’s description I envision myself, during the upcoming winter months, with a cup of tea, blanket and “The Tea Reader“.
There is a schedule of events for her book launch www.tea-reader.com
I have enjoyed posting my World Tea East Adventure even though I might have “stirred the pot” some, that’s what a good cook does, isn’t it? 😉
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