Do you know how to set the table? Worry about your dinner manners? Finally, with The Art of the Table, Suzanne von Drachenfels comes to the rescue with a truly comprehensive guide to the correct use of tableware and confidence-building information about proper dining etiquette. Von Drachenfels, a former Tabletop Consultant for dinnerware makers Fitz & Floyd, defines the vocabulary of tableware and explains the selection, use, and care of dinnerware, flatware, stemware, and table linens. She expertly details the basic service techniques for all types of entertainment, and even includes advice on menu planning. Learn how to read the labels of wine bottles or how to filet a fish at the table; learn where and when to sit down and the proper way to eat finger foods.
Spicing up the how-to text are fascinating tidbits of social and culinary history. Who knew, for instance, that the first napkin was a lump of dough or that ancient Egyptian feasts often concluded with a coffin laid out with an imitation skeleton to remind diners to appreciate the bounteous gifts of life? The author reveals the origins of everyday expressions--such as "eating humble pie"--and covers the history of table manners to shed light on the commonsense reasons behind today's customs. Food service professionals--restaurateurs, service staff, and caterers--will find the book an indispensable guide to the correct way to set a table and present food, but anyone who has a need or yearning to know the nitty-gritty of table setting, table manners, and tableware will be sure to find answers to all of their questions and more in this exhaustive reference book. --Robin Donovan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Nancy Dunnan coauthor of The Amy Vanderbilt Complete Book of Etiquette Suzanne von Drachenfels's charming book, The Art of the Table, combines the history of what we eat with how we eat in a way that will appeal to those who entertain, those who are interested in the history of civilization, and those who simply want to know what the rules are. -- Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Product as described. Excellent seller. Would purchase from seller again.Published 4 months ago by Shanika Nicole Williams
Great book. Very well researched and presented, filled with such good information. This should be in all fine homes and used by anyone in the restaurant or service industry.Published 15 months ago by J. Goins
Maybe this is a book for someone who has never seen tableware before? Bit dissapointed, but if you are interested in history of food plates, go ahead.Published on July 3, 2013 by sk
Arrived quickly and in new condition. I wanted a good resource that focused primarily on the service aspects of dining with a little information on dishware/glassware/silverware. Read morePublished on June 22, 2011 by KitchenMSX
This book covers every detail an event professional should know- or need to research in advance of an event. Read morePublished on June 16, 2011 by Lisa K. Gleeson
Having read scores of etiquette books, I was looking for THE definitive book explaining the in's and out's of setting extremely formal tables, for extremely formal private dinners... Read morePublished on June 11, 2011 by Pensees
This is a remarkable book beautifully researched about setting tables historically in many different countries. Read morePublished on May 23, 2011 by Claire
There is a great deal of fascinating and useful information in this volume. It will give one a fairly comprehensive idea of the things used for dining at whatever scale both of... Read morePublished on November 19, 2008 by Steve Ono