Helen Saberi is a London-based food historian and writer. She is the author of a number of books on food, including Noshe Djan: Afghan Food and Cookery (2000), The Road to Vindaloo: Curry Cooks and Curry Books (2008), co-authored with David Burnett, and Tea: A Global History (2010) in Reaktion's Edible series.
"Book covers are rarely commented upon in reviews, yet they may
offer potential readers a wealth of signification. The front cover
of Teatimes: A World Tour catches the eye with a sketchy
teacup and saucer and a fluid 'spontaneous' script, all
superimposed on a world map. The colors--black, brown, and
green--are those of tea. The overall impression is one of
playfulness, a promise of teatime entertainment. . . . [The book
is] nicely produced with 130 in-text illustrations. . . . It
is designed to help the reader 'enjoy your own memories of teatimes
and take pleasure in reading about teatimes, past and present, from
all over the world, in the comfort of your armchair while sipping a
cup of your favorite tea.' It has an engaging, sometimes anecdotal
style, which works well for this purpose. . . . Many marvelous
images."--Bee Wilson "Food, Culture and Society"
"Teatimes isn't just about the beverage itself but the many associated traditions, ephemera, and cultural differences. It's a fascinating insight into how tea and teatimes have become an integral part of everyday lives as well as a special event and way of socializing around the world."--Bee Wilson "VisitVineyards.com"
"China or Indian? Black or green? Oolong or lapsang? Milk in first or last--or avoid controversy with a slice of lemon? These and all other questions relating to the dried leaves of Camellia sinensis, raw material of the world's most venerable refreshment, are addressed in appropriate elegance by culinary historian Saberi in Teatimes. Scholarly text, gorgeous illustrations, high production values, and a handful of classic recipes make this is a proper teatime treat."--Bee Wilson "Oldie"
"The book is a delightful and colorful romp through time and around the world to celebrate all things Camellia sinensis. This volume proves that there is so much more to tea than leaves in boiled water. . . . It is clear that Saberi is a passionate tea drinker because this warmth appears in her prose. She has put time and care into researching different cultures and the way they consume their tea. While some readers may be familiar with the drink, they will also learn and appreciate some more obscure customs and facts. . . . A highly readable and informative look at one of life's most enjoyable pastimes--afternoon tea."--Bee Wilson "100% ROCK MAGAZINE (Australia)"