For All The Tea In China [Book Only]
Robert Fortune, a nineteenth-century British botanist who sneaks his way into China in the mid-1800s essentially steals Chinese tea plants and propagation techniques, transporting them to India where the teas are cultivated under British Rule. In this way, Fortune manages to commit one of the “greatest thefts of trade secrets in the history of mankind.”
The history of tea cultivation and consumption in the Western world comes alive in this book by Sarah Rose and is a joy to read. Through her details, readers learn about the differences between green and black tea, tea cultivation and production techniques, the history of tea, silk and opium trade in the mid-1800s between China, India, and Britain and how it changed the world.
If you love tea, even just a little, you'll be charmed and fascinated by this story and history lesson rolled into one.