How to Dine in Style : The Art of Entertaining, 1920, Hardback Book

How to Dine in Style : The Art of Entertaining, 1920 Hardback


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, aperitifs, 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 recherche 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.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 184 pages, 30 Illustrations, black and white
  • Publisher: The Bodleian Library
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  • Category: Food & society
  • ISBN: 9781851240869



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