The Way of Chai: Recipes for a Meaningful Life (Hardcover)

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The Way of Chai: Recipes for a Meaningful Life (Hardcover)


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In this celebration of the comfort and community to be found in a warm, well-made cup of chai, Kevin Wilson offers readers his famous chai recipes alongside meditations on how to live a simple yet full life.

Dubbed “the CEO of Chai” by Bon Appétit magazine, Kevin Wilson is an expert on all things chai. When Wilson was a teenager, his family in Sri Lanka applied to come to America, but his was the only visa approved. A world away from his country and so many of his loved ones, he stayed connected to his culture and his family through chai. One day Wilson made a TikTok about how to make the perfect cup of chai—carefully crushing cardamom, cloves, peppercorns, and cinnamon bark, boiling them in milk, adding tea leaves, and stirring until he saw what he describes as “the color of a happy brown boy.” The video went viral and earned Wilson many fans who come for the useful guidance on how to make chai but stay for his wise meditations on how the perfect “cuppa” can soothe and sustain us—even in the most trying of times. In this book, Wilson shares his most popular recipes and introduces readers to making chai as a spiritual practice that involves patience and attunement to meld just the right combination of spices.
    In The Way of Chai Wilson beautifully describes how something as simple as a well-made cup of tea can bring us solace amid our struggles. While a steaming cup of chai can’t solve everything, it can help us tap into the power of patience, clarity, and intention.
Kevin Wilson nurtures a growing tribe of half a million chai-loving humans on TikTok and Instagram by using chai, the cherished drink of his Sri Lankan family, as a medium for storytelling. A third-culture kid who has lived in or visited fifteen countries, Wilson knows what it means to be a cultural outsider. He is a digital/social media coordinator for Andrews University—his alma mater—and also an ordained minister in the Seventh-day Adventist Church with a decade of pastoral ministry experience. He currently lives in Berrien Springs, Michigan, with his wife, Elynn, and two fur-children, Phoebe and Leo.

Product Details ISBN: 9780593538579
ISBN-10: 0593538579
Publisher: TarcherPerigee
Publication Date: November 14th, 2023
Pages: 224
Language: English
The Way Of Chai is a delightful and inspirational read. Kevin invites you on a personal journey of lived experiences through the interconnectedness and ultimate humanity of chai.”
Asha Gomez, chef and James Beard-nominated author
“A meditation, a thoughtful survey, and a beautiful offering to the culture of chai all rolled into one. I learned just as much from Kevin's prose as I did from his expansive recipes that stretch this beautiful drink's journey across the world.”
Sana Javeri Kadri, CEO and Founder of Diaspora Co. Spices
“Kevin Wilson’s ability to extract beautiful flavors from tea is only rivaled by his ability to extract beautiful meaning from life. The Way of Chai is a masterpiece; it will challenge you to expand your taste for the simple and the sacred. This is a must-read book.”
Garrison Hayes, filmmaker, author and founder of Kindred Media