First published in 1906, The Book of Tea masterfully blends a history of tea and the Japanese tea ceremony with descriptions of Taoism and Zen, flower arranging, architecture and art appreciation. The result is an eloquent treatise on tea and the aesthetics of Japan. The author, Okakura Kakuzo, uses tea as a way to show us the differences and similarities between East and West. For him, the teacup was the cup of humanity. This book, too, holds the essence of humanity and is meant to be savored slowly and deliberately. Enjoy.