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

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W. Morrow, 1992 - Table etiquette. - 132 pages
"Is your bread plate the one on the left or the right?" "Are your children automatically invited when you are?" "Is smoking at table a punishable offense?" "These may not be earth-shattering questions, but the answers can go a long way in making one of our favorite pastimes - dining - more of a pleasure. Renowned author, chef, and true gentleman Craig Claiborne has assembled this sensible, sophisticated guide to table manners for all of us who want to feel more confident and graceful at any meal, whether as host or guest, at home or in a restaurant, with family, friends, and even strangers. Drawing on his personal and professional experience, and nurtured by his innate sense of politeness and fairness, Mr. Claiborne shares his expert opinion on everything from good dinner conversation (your recent surgery doesn't qualify) to gracious gift-giving (you can overdo it). Here is advice on the proper way to hold cutlery, dispose of a garnish, prepare tea, order wine. Leaving a tip in a restaurant will no longer be a nightmare. Hosting a dinner party at home will be a joy. Elements of Etiquette will provide you with just the right amount of insight, honesty, and gentle humor to make you feel comfortable and relaxed at anyone's table."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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About the author (1992)

Diana Southwood Kennedy went to Mexico in 1957 to marry Paul P. Kennedy, the foreign correspondent for the New York Times. In 1969, at the suggestion of Craig Claiborne, she began teaching Mexican cooking classes and in 1972 published her first cookbook. She has been decorated with the Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest honor bestowed on foreigners by the Mexican government. She lives much of the year in her ecological adobe house in Michoacan, Mexico, which also serves as a research center for Mexican cuisine.

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