By Mark "Dr. Tea" Ukra
Collins; $24.95; 306 pages
One, two, tea! The author, the owner of the Tea Garden and Herbal Emporium, a shop in Los Angeles, is a persuasive advocate of the powers of the humble cup of tea, which will "not only help us lose weight, but will reduce our cravings for sweets, suppress our appetite, increase our insulin's effectiveness, lower our cholesterol, and stimulate thermogenesis, which helps the body burn fat for energy." Ukra believes that a well-balanced diet and exercise, supplemented by endless helpings of tea (both in liquid and food form), are the ticket to fitness, not to mention peace of mind. Luckily for the stressed out dieter, Dr. Tea's gentle tone is as comforting as a hot pot of Darjeeling.