Elements of Etiquette: A Guide to Table Manners in an Imperfect World by Craig Claiborne, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Elements of Etiquette: A Guide to Table Manners in an Imperfect World

Elements of Etiquette: A Guide to Table Manners in an Imperfect World

by Craig Claiborne
     
 
Here is sensible, sophisticated advice by renowned chef, author, & true gentleman Craig Claiborne on table manners for anyone who would like to feel more confident & graceful at any meal, whether as host or guest, at home or in a restaurant, with family, friends, or even strangers. Drawing on his personal & professional experience, & nurtured by his innate sense of

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Here is sensible, sophisticated advice by renowned chef, author, & true gentleman Craig Claiborne on table manners for anyone who would like to feel more confident & graceful at any meal, whether as host or guest, at home or in a restaurant, with family, friends, or even strangers. Drawing on his personal & professional experience, & nurtured by his innate sense of politeness & fairness, he shares his expert opinion on everything from good dinner conversation to gracious gift-giving. Here is advice on the proper way to hold cutlery, dispose of a garnish, prepare tea, order wine, leave a tip in a restaurant, & host a dinner party at home.

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Barbara Jacobs
It's sad but true: the decline of manners in today's society seems to be paralleled by the lack of common sense. Hence the tomes detailing the right things to do issued by Letitia Baldrige, Miss Manners, and now former "New York Times" food editor Craig Claiborne. He treats the question of table etiquette in an authoritative but happily not authoritarian manner, covering restaurant parties, table settings, RSVPing, dressing, and the appropriate ways to eat and talk. Sprinkled with quotes from the likes of Emerson, Ibsen, Johnson, Pope, and Twain, his guide also confers some wonderful and humorous Claiborne-isms, such as "Silverware should be the heavy metal at a dinner party, not the music," or, in regard to pasta, "There is no need to stuff something that resembles a spool full of BX cable into your mouth." Readers should be heartened by Claiborne's witty and sensible advice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688074029
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/12/1992
Pages:
132
Product dimensions:
6.33(w) x 8.31(h) x 0.80(d)

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