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    Art of the Table A Complete Guide to Table Setting, Table Manners, and Tableware

    ISBN-10: 0684847329
    ISBN-13: 9780684847320
    Edition: 2000
    Description: Coming together to share a meal is one of our most vital traditions. Whether dining with friends, family, or business associates, we know that an elegant setting and gracious manners bring a sense of harmony and order to the occasion. Yet when it  More...
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    Copyright Year: 2000
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Publication Date: 11/8/2000
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 592
    Size: 7.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
    Weight: 2.442
    Language: English

    Coming together to share a meal is one of our most vital traditions. Whether dining with friends, family, or business associates, we know that an elegant setting and gracious manners bring a sense of harmony and order to the occasion. Yet when it comes to knowing precisely how to set a table for formal and informal dining, which fork is for dessert and which for the appetizer, how to serve different types of wine -- even how to eat certain foods -- many of us are not fully confident. Suzanne von Drachenfels learned this firsthand in her career as an expert on table setting, tableware, and etiquette. Conducting seminars throughout the country, she would hear the same questions again and again: Should bread be buttered entirely or bite by bite? What is the purpose of holding a wine glass by the stem or the base? Is handmade crystal worth the price difference? The Art of the Table answers all these questions and more. A treasure trove of timeless information, this complete guide is to the table what Joy of Cooking is to the kitchen. Von Drachenfels shows us how to select, lay, and use tableware to enhance any dining experience, and how to properly store and care for it -- whether it's your grandmother's porcelain or everyday stainless steel. She provides guidance on mixing and matching tableware patterns; the basics of coffee, tea, and wine; menu planning; napkin folding; and the proper service techniques for all types of entertainment. So as not to let the lore of the table fall away, she delves deep into the history of specific tableware and the customs we keep, making today's practices understandable. For the novice host, this is an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide with more than one hundred helpful illustrations. For the host with more experience, it is a rich and exciting source of new ideas. Like its author, whose passion for the table is contagious, The Art of the Table is an authoritative, elegant, and sophisticated resource for all one's dining needs.

    Suzanne von Drachenfels'spassion for table things led her to a career as Tabletop Consultant to Fitz & Floyd, a maker of fine dinnerware that has been used in the West Wing of the White House. As an expert on the table, she has traveled extensively to conduct seminars and appeared on local television morning shows throughout the United States. She lives on the Monterey Peninsula in California, where she and her late husband, Baron Alexei von Drachenfels, have lived for many years.

    Preface
    Dining Fundamentals
    Words Used in Table Setting
    The Difference Between Formal and Informal Dining
    Dinnerware
    From Pottery to Porcelain
    Decorative Methods and Styles
    The Different Categories of Dinnerware
    Plates: Piece by Piece
    Bowls: Large to Small
    Cups: One and All
    How to Lay Dinnerware
    The Interchange of Dinnerware
    Serveware: At the Table and in the Home
    How to Purchase Dinnerware
    The Care of Dinnerware
    Flatware
    From Silver to Sterling
    Decorative Methods and Styles
    The Different Types of Metal Flatware
    The Knife
    The Spoon
    The Fork
    Serving Utensils
    How Flatware Is Laid on the Table
    The Way to Use Flatware
    The Interchange of Flatware and Serving Utensils
    How to Purchase Flatware
    The Care of Flatware
    Stemware
    From Glass to Crystal
    Decorative Methods and Styles
    The Different Categories of Glass
    Stemware: Shape and Purpose
    How to Place Stemware
    The Interchange of Stemware
    How to Purchase Stemware
    The Care of Glassware
    Table Linens
    Tablecloths, Placemats, and Table Runners
    Napkins
    Serving Techniques
    Formal Dinner Service
    Informal Dinner Service
    Dinner Service from a Buffet
    Service of Formal and Informal Luncheon
    Service of Afternoon Tea and High Tea
    Dining Finesse
    The Protocol of Seating
    Giving Thanks and Making Toasts
    Menu Plan
    From Food to Cuisine
    Menu Primer
    From Vine to Viticulture
    The Rudiments of Wine
    From Tea Leaves to Teacups
    Choosing the Right Tea
    From Coffee Beans to Aromatic Brew
    The Basics of Coffee
    Table Manners
    How to Eat Specific Foods
    Table Manners
    Table Manners in a Changing World
    Bibliography
    Photography Credit
    Index

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