Pleasures of the Table: The Art of Hosting, Past and Present
In the world of cuisine, France is known for its celebration of all the senses. Not only the sense of smell and taste, but also sight, as the eye beholds a magnificent table setting or a beautifully presented dish; the sound of exquisite background music and the voluptuous feel of soft table linen. The author first walks us through the history of dining rituals across the centuries, from the medieval feast to the royal banquet, from the imperial dinner to the presidential reception, not forgetting the simple family meal or romantic dinner for two. Then follows the fascinating history of tableware, rich with delicious anecdotes, from ceramic and porcelain, to silverware, table linen and crystal. Lastly we are treated with some excellent advice for hosting today.Color photographs throughout.
Karly Denéchaud : Karly Denéchaud holds a Ph.D. in History of Dining Arts. He has worked as a maitre’d and taught at some of the finest French hotel schools.