Put the Kettle On: The Irish Love Affair with Tea

Put the Kettle On: The Irish Love Affair with Tea

Book rating: 04 Hardback

By (author) Juanita Browne


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  • Publisher: The Collins Press
  • Format: Hardback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 212mm x 18mm | 560g
  • Publication date: 28 January 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Cork
  • ISBN 10: 1848891873
  • ISBN 13: 9781848891876
  • Illustrations note: 150
  • Sales rank: 130,149

Product description

How do you take your tea? Tea leaves or teabag? Milk or sugar, weak or strong? Mug or fine bone china? Tea fanatic Juanita Browne investigates our tea habits and the rules, the warmth, the comfort and the craic in every brew across Ireland. She discovers tea is more than a simple drink, meeting characters such as tea addicts, teabag haters, tea connoisseurs, a teapot collector, a 'Teaseach' and the makers of a 'teabag tablecloth'. We are reminded of tea rationing during the war, tea drunk from bottles in the hayfield and sweet billycans on the bog. We hear about tea after childbirth, football matches and card games, tea at the office canteen, hospitals and wakes. As an Irish emigrant pours a cup of tea in Melbourne, someone is pouring tea into a china cup in Dublin on a day out shopping, just as tea is being served to someone in distress in Pieta House. These parallel worlds are reflected in these pages with tea always in the background. Contributors include broadcaster Tom Dunne, author Cathy Kelly, football manager Roddy Collins, actress Mary McEvoy and farmers Podge and Rodge.

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Author information

Juanita Browne is a Zoology graduate who migrated into print media and television after university. She published her first book Ireland's Mammals in 2005. Besides wildlife, one of her other great loves is a nice cup of tea. Neither an addict nor connoisseur, she simply enjoys plain Irish tea and, most importantly, the chat that comes with it. And this is what this book is about.

Customer reviews

By Go Book Yourself 10 Nov 2013 4

A review copy was provided by Collins Press in return for an honest review

This book should come with a warning:

Have kettle boiled before opening!

This book will make you want drink copious amounts of tea. Every time you pick it up you'll want a cup!

I've often wondered why we have become the nation of tea drinkers that we are. Then I realised that, tea itself is the perfect "excuse". I live in the land of saints and scholars and boy do we love the chat. We are after all, home to the most famous tea maker of them all:


The tea provides the all important foundation and excuse for that chat. Example:

"Have you time for a cup of tea and a chat, a sure you do"
"Will ya come in and have a cup of tea? (and a chat, that goes without saying)
"I've some news for ya, stick on the kettle"

I love how this book interview's people from all walks of life. From builders to teachers and psychologists. They all have their own favourite brand cup and method for making the best brew.

Now we come down to the most important part, the tea making itself *Dramatic Music*.
We seem to be one of the few countries who can get this right. English Tea is tasteless and weak. The same goes for the U.S and Australia. So below are some basic tea making rules.

When you enter someones home they may ask if you want tea but its not really a question. Having a cup is not optional.
The teabag goes in first, none of this dipping in and out nonsense
Let each person add their own milk and sugar. Getting it wrong is akin to murder.
Full fat milk only! None of that watery low fat stuff!

This book will thoroughly prepare you for the art of brew making. It would make the perfect gift for any tea loving family member or friend.

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'Quirky - perfect present.' irish Independent