A time for tea : travels through China and India in search of tea New York: Knopf: Distributed by Random House, 1991 Jason Goodwin Tea trade History Hardcover. 1st American ed. Simultaneously published in Great Britain by Chatto & Windus under the title: The gunpowder gardens. ix, 287 p.: maps; 22 cm. Includes index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
On a personal journey through the serpentine paths of the tea trade — from China to India to London — Jason Goodwin sets off to discover the history of tea from its ancient beginnings in the Far East to its influence today. Guided by various journals of past English adventurers and tea traders in Asia. Goodwin travels first to the lost European cities of the China coast, a world of ancient mercantile splendor, and then to inland China and the mountainous plantations of Fujian. From there he journeys to the crumbling city of Calcutta, held together, it would seem, by this most traditional of trades, with its “tiffin time” and Anglo-Indian etiquette. And. finally, from India’s high tea gardens in Bohea and Darjeeling, he returns to the tea metropolis — London, where he finds a fascinating hidden life of brokering and arcane connoisseurship.
Jason Goodwin splendidly evokes both past and present in this traveler’s journal, as he traces the development of the tea trade from its origins in Canton factories through the Opium Wars and the settlement of British India, when planters were also empire builders, to the state of the art today. Full of brilliantly observed detail, both historical and personal, this is an informative and highly original book.