The Way of Tea and Justice by Becca Stevens

Release Date - November 2014

Becca Stevens
Jericho Books

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

The Way of Tea and Justice blends tea recipes, a historic look at tea and its uses, and then the foundations of a community/tea cafe dreamed up by Reverend Becca Stevens. Thistle Farms Cafe helps women who have been abused, addicted, and prostituted.

Blended throughout this book are stories of the survivors whose lives have changed because of Thistle Farms Cafe. There are also in-depth looks at the way teas are used, how they are grown, and what differentiates one tea from another. The benefits to teas are discusses, the manner in which they are properly brewed, and their impact on society over the centuries.

I come from a long line of tea drinkers. My mom's British, so tea was a normal beverage in our household. The recipes in The Way of Tea and Justice were a bonus in addition to the women's tales. As I read the recipes, there was one thing that I did want to mention. There is a recipe for a Rwandan Black Tea. In this recipe is a note about adding St. John's Wort for an uplifting tea. I did feel a caution should be mentioned about using St. John's Wort if you are on birth control pills. I recently took my 18 year old to discuss going onto birth control pills with her doctor and he never mentioned to her that St. John's Wort interacts with birth control. She doesn't use St. John's Wort, but I was kind of surprised he didn't bring it up, nor did our pharmacist. I feel this is important for women to know.

With that said, I think anyone who loves tea and wants recipes with a decent background into this popular drink, this book is delightful. It's also a great gift idea for the holidays. This book, some teas, and a tea set would be ideal for any tea lover.


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