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A Social History of Tea


A Social History of Tea

Tea's Influence on Commerce, Culture & Community

by Jane Pettigrew and Bruce Richardson


Jane Pettigrew's classic National Trust of England work has been expanded with Bruce Richardson's

account of the social history of tea in America.Fully illustrated to reveal the story of tea's influence

on western culture, politics, fashion and commerce over the past four centuries.

Autographed copies available from Benjamin Press

Order your copy now!

The New Tea Companion by Jane Pettigrew and Bruce Richardson

The New Tea Companion

By Jane Pettigrew and Bruce Richardson


This is the number one guide to the major tea-producing countries and the teas they produce. Includes a tea directory of ove one hundred teas and expert advice on buying, blending and brewing. This is the tea reference book you need for your library.

This book is used by such companies as Twinings in London and other major tea companies for staff training. Official textbook of the Candadian Tea Sommelier certification program..



The Book of Tea


Okakura Kakuzo's Classic

Book of Tea

Introduced & edited by Bruce Richardson

For teaists and artists alike, The Book of Tea is arguably one of the most influential works ever written. It is a masterful blend of the history of  tea, the Japanese tea ceremony, Taoism and Zennism, flower arranging, architecture, and art appreciation. It is no wonder that American artist, Georgia O'Keeffe requested the book be read to her again and again in her last years. Those who appreciate the greatness of small things will fall in love with this book. The 2011 edition contains colorful illustrations along with new insight into the events that sparked Okakura's writings. Bruce Richardson also includes a fascinating chapter on Japanese tea production in the time of Okakura - complete with never before published 1890s photographs. Order now.

Green Tea by Kevin Gascoyne

Green Tea

A Quest for Fresh Leaf and Timeless Craft

Today’s green tea advocates are again myriad, but few are as passionate as Hugo Américi, François Marchand, Jasmin Desharnais, and Kevin Gascoyne, a talented quartet of Quebec tea professionals who, for nearly two decades, have developed their much-respected Camellia Sinensis Tea Houses in Montreal and Quebec City. These four gifted teaists are obsessive about their vocation. Each year, they set out to explore the world in search of outstanding teas. They return with unique teas and fantastic stories of their adventures in far-off gardens. Readers will be left with a new understanding of artisanal teas that, like great wines, exemplify the terroir of their countrysides. This colorful edition also contains steeping notes and suggested techniques for making a great cup of green tea time after time. Edited by Bruce Richardson.Order



The Elmwood Inn Series


The Great Tea Rooms Series


The Tea Table Recipe Book

The Tea Table

By Bruce and Shelley Richardson

This book is the third volume of afternoon tea recipes from the kitchen of historic Elmwood Inn. It includes all-new recipes featuring soups, savories and sweets. Beautifully photographed.



Great Tea Rooms of America

The Great Tea Rooms of America

By Bruce Richardson

This is a glorious collection of photographs and recipes from 20 tea venues across North America gives you an insider's glimpse into our growing love for tea. This new expanded 4th edition has four new tea rooms, a section on tea shops, and 20 pages of delicous recipes. Autographed! 

A Tea for All Seasons Cookbook

A Tea for all Seasons

By Bruce and Shelley Richardson

Our second volume of recipes is laid out in 12 themed teas, including a Monet Tea, Angelic Tea, Tea at the Ballet, An Irish High Tea and more!


Great Tea Rooms of Britain

The Great Tea Rooms of Britain

By Bruce Richardson

Tea lovers who dream of visiting England, Scotland and Wales will find this large scale book a delicious prelude to their next trip throught British countryside. Join Bruce Richardson as he gives you a glimpse into tea rooms in wee villages and grand cities.  Filled with nearly 200 photographs, this expanded fifth edition makes great arm chair reading accompanied by your favorite cup of tea! Update 5th edition. Autographed!

A Year of Teas at the Elmwood Inn

A Year of Teas at the Elmwood Inn

By Bruce and Shelley Richardson

Our first  volume of 12 menus with 96 delicious recipes. Updated 10th anniversary edition. Color photographs. This is the book that started the Elmwood Inn story!







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The Etiquette of Tea

Children's Tea & Etiquette by Dorothea Johnson

Children's Tea & Etiquette  

Brewing Good Manners in Young Minds

by Dorothea Johnson with John Harney

Recipes by Bruce Richardson

The founder of the Protocol School of Washington has written a book for brewing good manners in young minds. Beautifully illustrated with original watercolors.

Tea and Etiquette by Dorothea Johnson and Bruce Richardson

Tea & Etiquette

Taking Tea for Business and Pleasure

by Dorothea Johnson and Bruce Richardson

Introduced by James Norwood Pratt

The recent update of this classic tea manners book includes all the information you need to feel comfortable taking tea in a business or social setting. Endorsed by The Protocol School of Washington.

Dorothea Johnson is the Resident Etiquette Expert for the Ellen Degeneres television talk show.

Party Planning Made Easy

Taking Tea with Alice in Wonderland

Taking Tea with Alice

By Diane Sedo and Dawn Hylton.

Children of all ages dream of the topsy-turvy adventures of Alice in Wonderland. Now you can re-create the world of Alice with this colorful collection of six enchanting Victorian tea parties complete with recipes, games and inspirational photographs.


Afternoon Tea by Jane Pettigrew


Afternoon Tea 

By Jane Pettigrew

This beautiful gift book is published by our friends at Pitkin Publishing in the United Kingdom.  It is a nostalgic glimpse into the very British tradition of Afternoon Tea. Contains authentic tea recipes by Jane Pettigrew and charming historic illustrations from the British Archives. 


Looking Deeply into Tea by Shelley Richardson



Looking Deeply into Tea: Thoughts and Prayers

Shelley Richardson and Bruce Richardson

The owners of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas have combined their talents to produce this moving tribute to the tea workers in Sri Lanka and India. Filled with photographs and meditations. Autographed copies.


Children's Books


Perfect Timing: How Isaac Murply Became one of the World's Greatest Jockeys

Perfect Timing

How Isaac Murphy Became One of the World's Greatest Jockeys

Written by Patsi B. Trollinger

Illustrated by Jerome Lagarrigue

Isaac Murphy - the grandson of slaves - became a jockey, which allowed him to escape a future of labor and poverty. But Isaac wasn't just a jockey. He was one of the best. He won more races and set more records than almost anyone. Ever. Many of his records still stand today.

Captured in stunningly vibrant paintings by Jerome Lagarrigue, and with a lively text from Kentucky author Patsi B. Trollinger, Perfect Timing is a winning combination of sports, history, and inspiring biography. 



The official 2014 selection for the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation Literacy Program.

Thrill in the 'Ville


Thrill in the 'Ville

Written by Patsi B. Trollinger

Illustrated by Elizabeth Thompson

Doug Alverton's life revolves around soccer. It's no wonder his daily routine is upended when a presidential debate comes to town, complete

with Secret Service agents, national news trucks, and the accompanying uproar. The results are hilarious, and before the event is over,

the sixth grader must make a choice, soccer or politics. Before long, Doug is ready to cast his vote!

In this romp of a story set in a small Kentucky town, an All-American boy gets a new perspective on democracy.


Set in our hometown of Danville Kentucky, home of the 2000 and 2012 Vice-presidential Debates


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