About Mary Lou Heiss

I am a specialty foods retailer, tea expert and freelance food and travel writer who absolutely loves to cook and travel. I have a deep respect for and passionate interest in artisan food products, traditional foods and the history and evolution of food and cooking in world cuisines. I am grateful for our tea sourcing trips to Asia which give me the opportunity to learn more detail about the people, the food and the cultures of these heritage places each time we visit.

Along with my husband Bob, I co-own Cooks Shop Here in Northampton, Ma, a unique specialty foods store that we established in 1974 and it’s tea-centric offshoot, Tea Trekker, which is the home of our personally-selected, seasonally produced, premium teas from artisan tea makers around the globe.

I am also the co-author of several books:

The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide, Ten Speed Press, a 2008 James Beard and IACP Cookbook Award Finalist

Hot Drinks: Cider, Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Spiced Punch, Spirits, Ten Speed Press

The Tea Enthusiasts Handbook: A Guide to the World’s Best Teas, Ten Speed Press, April 2010

and the solo author of:

Green Tea: Hot Drinks, Cool Quenchers and Sweet and Savory Dishes ( Harvard Common Press )


Visit our websites : http://cooksshophere.comand http://teatrekker.com