January is National Tea Month

After water, tea is the most popular drink in the world. Whether you’re enjoying it in a steaming mug at morning break, a quiet afternoon respite cuppa, or a soothing moment at day’s end taken from a delicate porcelain cup… tea is a delicious indulgence. This popular beverage can be enjoyed hot or cold, and though mostly grow in Asia, tea is enjoyed and celebrated in many forms and in many countries. From chai, mate, Earl Grey, matcha or bubble… Tea is always a good idea!

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Victoria, the Essential Tea Companion

Serves up history and lore, advice on brewing the perfect pot and best of all, menus for eight themed parties, from a children’s tea to a bridal shower. More than 100 recipes cover sandwiches, scones, tarts, cakes, savories, breads, and biscuits, as well as flavored teas both hot and iced, and honeys, spreads, and jams.

The Afternoon Tea Collection

Afternoon tea is a celebration of all things delightful, delectable, and tastefully appealing. This beautifully illustrated book features everything that makes the afternoon teatime experience special: lovely small sandwiches, yummy scones, delicate tarts, and other tasty treats.

Making Your Own Gourmet Tea Drinks: Black Teas, Green Teas, Scented Teas, Herb Teas, Iced Teas, and More

Offering more than 100 heart-warming recipes that include such tasty delights as Raspberry Tea. Apricot Iced Tea, Strawberry Tea Shake, Cinnamon-Cranberry Iced Tea, Rum-Cider Tea, Grand Marnier Tea, Cocoa-Mint Tea Shake, and Iced Creme de Menthe Tea. Now you can enjoy all of the best gourmet tea drinks right in the comfort of your own home.

The Tea Enthusiast's Handbook

In this authoritative guide, veteran tea professionals Mary Lou and Robert J. Heiss provide decades of expertise on understanding tea and its origins, the many ways to buy tea, and how to explore and enjoy the six classes of tea (green, yellow, white, oolong, black, and Pu-erh). Additional advice on steeping the perfect cup and storing tea at home, alongside a gallery of more than thirty-fi ve individual teas with tasting notes and descriptions make The Tea Enthusiast’s Handbook a singular source of both practical information and rich detail about this fascinating beverage.

Tea & Treachery

by Vicky Delany

In this charming new cozy mystery series from national bestselling author Vicki Delany, a New York City expat-turned-Cape Cod tea shop owner must solve the murder of a local real estate developer to help her feisty grandmother out of a jam . . .

A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow

by Laura Taylor Namey

For Lila Reyes, a summer in England was never part of the plan. The plan was 1) take over her abuela’s role as head baker at their panadería, 2) move in with her best friend after graduation, and 3) live happily ever after with her boyfriend. But then the Trifecta happened, and everything, including Lila herself, fell apart. Worried about Lila’s mental health, her parents make a new plan for her: Spend three months with family friends in Winchester, England, to relax and reset. But with the lack of sun, a grumpy inn cook, and a small town lacking Miami flavor (both in food and otherwise), what would be a dream trip for some feels more like a nightmare to Lila…until she meets Orion Maxwell. A teashop clerk with troubles of his own, Orion is determined to help Lila out of her funk, and appoints himself as her personal tour guide. 

For All the Tea in China How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History

by Sarah Rose

A dramatic historical narrative of the man who stole the secret of tea from China

In 1848, the British East India Company, having lost its monopoly on the tea trade, engaged Robert Fortune, a Scottish gardener, botanist, and plant hunter, to make a clandestine trip into the interior of China—territory forbidden to foreigners—to steal the closely guarded secrets of tea horticulture and manufacturing. For All the Tea in China is the remarkable account of Fortune’s journeys into China—a thrilling narrative that combines history, geography, botany, natural science, and old-fashioned adventure.

Disguised in Mandarin robes, Fortune ventured deep into the country, confronting pirates, hostile climate, and his own untrustworthy men as he made his way to the epicenter of tea production, the remote Wu Yi Shan hills. One of the most daring acts of corporate espionage in history, Fortune’s pursuit of China’s ancient secret makes for a classic nineteenth-century adventure tale, one in which the fate of empires hinges on the feats of one extraordinary man.

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We miss you, Betty!

Born on January 17, 1922 in Oak Park, Illinois, Betty White is best known for playing Rose Nylund on the popular TV series The Golden Girls, but is also recognized for her roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Hot in Cleveland.

With eight decades of working in the entertainment industry both in front of and behind the camera, Betty was and will forever be a pioneer and legend.

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Betty White: 100 Remarkable Moments in an Extraordinary Life

by Ray Richmond

A photography-rich retrospective of the most significant events and achievements of one of America’s most loved and endearing stars.

Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Betty White: 100 Years of Wisdom from the First Lady of Television

by Juliana Sharaf

Betty White provides answers to the questions we all face with gentle wisdom and the occasional kick in the pants.

Betty & Friends: My Life at the Zoo

by Betty White

A lifelong animal welfare advocate, Betty White offered intimate and funny stories about her animal friends at the zoo with wonderful anecdotal photos.

Here We Go Again: My Life In Television

by Betty White

One of the hardest-working actresses of any era, her sense of humor and perennial optimism saw her through half a century of industry changes and delighted millions of fans.

If You Ask Me (and of Course You Won’t)

by Betty White

Drawing from a lifetime of lessons learned, seven-time Emmy winner Betty White’s wit and wisdom take center stage as she tackled topics like friendship, romantic love, aging, television, fans, love for animals, and the brave new world of celebrity.

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