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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; 50th anniversary ed edition (March 18, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394828771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394828770
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Written by the former chairman of Tiffany's, this is a simplified, illustrated guide to basic table manners for anyone--teenaged or not--who'd like to dine correctly. More than a handbook on which fork to use, this small volume explains how to be graceful and sociable when dining out and at home.  

About the Author

WALTER HOVING was a distinguished leader of America's business community throughout the 20th century, most notably as the chairman of the board of Tiffany & Co. He helped to found many charities and educational funds, including the Salvation Army Association and the United Negro College Fund. He also initiated a number of design award programs, including the Tiffany Design Award. In addition to Tiffany's Table Manners for Teenagers, he wrote Your Career in Business and The Distribution Revolution. He died in 1989.

JOE EULA was a prominent fashion illustrator whose work appeared in many publications, including Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. He also created album covers and concert posters, and designed costumes for New York City Ballet. He died in 2004.

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Customer Reviews

It is very simple and illustrated and funny!
Ms. Red
Purchased for a friends daughter in hopes that her mother would read it.
Jo Jo
A wonderful book for anyone needing to know basic table manners.
"kalisti23"

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Camille Lavington on November 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As the author of "You've Only Got Three Seconds to Make the Right Impression," I have recommended this book to over 5,000 business executives. It is a priceless reference book designed for every age.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By mirasreviews HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"Tiffany's Table Manners for Teenagers" was written by Walter Hoving, former chairman of the board of Tiffany & Co., with wispy, whimsical illustrations by Joe Eula. First published in 1961, the book was directed at teenagers simply because people begin to be invited to formal dinners when they are young and therefore find themselves in need of good table manners. But Mr. Hoving presents his version of good table manners simply, instructively, and with good humor for all ages. The text and illustrations are plain enough to be suitable for children. The book is only 95 pages long with, typically, a few sentences of etiquette advice and one black-and-white illustration per page. It describes dining as a guest in someone's home, but most of the etiquette would apply in restaurants as well.

"Tiffany's Table Manners" takes us through a formal meal in 6 chapters, with advice on using utensils and eating politely for each: "Let's Be Seated", "The Soup Course", "The Fish Course", "The Meat Course", "The Salad Course", and "The Dessert Course". Chapter 7, "Some Don'ts", warns the reader against common no-no's. Etiquette is debatable and changeable, of course. This book advocates eating with your left hand, in the European style, when using a fork and knife, claiming that shifting the fork from left to right hand repeatedly is "clumsy and awkward". I tend to agree, but many etiquette experts consider eating with the left hand to be affected or, worse, gluttonous. Mr. Hoving acknowledges that there are other systems of etiquette, but believes the one presented here is "attractive, graceful, and above all, natural." I think most readers will agree. "Tiffany's Table Manners for Teenagers" is a nice, straightforward reference for the whole family.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By "kalisti23" on March 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful book for anyone needing to know basic table manners. This book covers everything from which silverware to use, to what to do and not to, to how to signal completion of a meal, to the appropriate manner to converse at a formal dinner setting.
Well illustrated, instructions given in a non-condescending manner. With the current level of knowledge about table manners, I'd say this book is suitable for anyone, not just teenagers.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Parker Wood on August 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a terrific book. I got it from my aunt for Christmas. I guess it was a hint. It has easy to follow directions and humorous pictures to mime out what you are supposed to do. It has hints and tips also.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Otto Yuen on November 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This 90 pages little book fills with lots of illustrations to depict the improper & proper table manners. Despite the title of the book is "For Teenagers", this book can be appreciated for anyone who wants to master the art of good table manners.

Mr. Hoving, the former chairman of the board of Tiffany & Company, will walk you through the proper table manners in a step-by-step approach. He will also address alot of common mistakes and "don't" in numbers of illustrations; for example, don't leave your spoon in your coffee cup! This book covers different meal courses like the soup course, the fish course, the meat course, the salad course, as well as the dessert course. Overall, I find this book is very interesting and helpful. I highly recommend for people looking for a quick and easy way to learn good table manners.

(Reviewed by Otto Yuen, 5-Nov-2004)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Haas on July 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a quick, humorous, and easy read that is well written for all ages to "spiff up" on everyday table manners. The presentation is very entertaining and funny, which make the points stick in one's mind even more. The cartoon illustrations are a delight and perfectly complement the text. Every household should have a copy!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By -m- on January 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Tiffany's Table Manners for Teenagers is suitable for people of any age who wish to improve their table manners and learn to eat correctly.
It goes course by course explaining the proper way to spoon soup, how to properly use a knife and fork, etc.
It also explains what to do if you drop your fork or spoon, find a bone in your food, etc.
Short, concise, with amusing illustrations, this book has knowledge that can be used immediately for an instant step-up in manners.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By B. Millis on November 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This little book is very entertaining and very accessible.

It's also a great fake-out gift for your teenagers at Christmas. That Tiffany's bag got my heart racing on Christmas morning when I found it under the tree back in the day (thanks, Dad!).
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