First published in 1920, How to Dine in Style opens a window onto the golden age of elegant dining, where the basic function of ingesting nourishment was elevated to a high social art, attended by intricate details and elaborate ritual.
Starched linens, candles, white gloves, apéritifs, ball suppers, French menus and garden-parties – this is the world of the decadent classes who came to prominence in the post-war period.
Published in an age where achieving a reputation for throwing recherché dinner parties was a route to international celebrity, this is a book about food as performance art. In it we catch tantalizing glimpses of astonishing excess such as the craze for eccentric venues for dinner parties, including the roof of a Chicago home (for amateur mountaineers), a lion’s den, and a gondola in the Savoy.
An engaging blend of practical advice and a catalogue of eccentricity, this book contains everything you need to know, from the fine art of composing a menu to the practicalities of the correct order and temperatures for serving wines.
- 184 pages, 198 x 129 mm
- 30 black and white illustrations
- ISBN: 9781851240869
- Publication October 2013