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The Art of the Table : A Complete Guide to Table Setting, Table Manners, and Tableware - Suzanne Von Drachenfels

The Art of the Table

A Complete Guide to Table Setting, Table Manners, and Tableware

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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 100 useful 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.

About the Author

Suzanne Von Drachenfels's passion 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 travelled extensively to conduct seminars and appeared on television morning shows through out United States.


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The Art of the Table

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ISBN: 9781439163405
ISBN-10: 1439163405
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 592
Published: 1st January 2009
Dimensions (cm): 21 x 17.1  x 3.5