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Elements of the Table : A Simple Guide for Hosts and Guests
by Lynn Rosen


Overview - Elegance is the art of not astonishing, said Jean Cocteau, but often the idea of a formal dinner party is intimidating to both hosts and guests for one reason: the table setting. Why is there a spoon above my plate? Do I really need five different glasses?  Read more...

 
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Overview
Elegance is the art of not astonishing, said Jean Cocteau, but often the idea of a formal dinner party is intimidating to both hosts and guests for one reason: the table setting. Why is there a spoon above my plate? Do I really need five different glasses? Where do I put my napkin when I leave the table? Lynn Rosen comes to the rescue with this practical, charming, and informative guide to all things tabletop. Organized by category, Lynn s advice is sensible, her explanations are clear, and her historical asides will provide plenty of lively dinner conversation. You ll learn about:
Napery. What to do about that crease in your tablecloth, how to use a table runner, and the history of napkin rings (hint: they came into use not for decoration, but for an exceedingly practical purpose )
China. The difference between a rim soup bowl and a rimless coupe soup bowl, when to bring out the coffee cups, and why we call it china
Silver. Basic rules for arranging the setting (evenly spaced, about a half-inch apart, with the handle bottoms lined up), using flatware to signal you ve finished eating, and why the fork was slow to catch on as a dining implement
Crystal. How to tell a red wine glass from a white wine glass, when to use a dof glass, and what famous European queen is said to have been the model for a champagne coupe glass
Table Decor. Why place cards are always a good idea (and where to put them), the evolution of centerpieces, and how to turn a napkin into a cardinal s hat, a bishop s mitre, or even an artichoke
Elements of the Table covers everything from linens to basic etiquette, so your next dinner party (whether you re hosting or attending) will be a relaxed celebration and the only astonishment will come at the end of the night, when you realize how much fun you ve had."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780307339331
  • ISBN-10: 0307339335
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter Publishers
  • Publish Date: April 2007
  • Page Count: 128
  • Dimensions: 8.86 x 6.36 x 0.62 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.93 pounds


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