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Before Julia Child’s warbling voice and towering figure burst into America’s homes, a gourmet food movement was already sweeping the nation. Setting the Table for Julia Child considers how the tastes and techniques cultivated at dining clubs and in the pages of Gourmet magazine helped prepare many affluent Americans for Child’s lessons in French cooking.
David Strauss argues that Americans’ appetite for haute cuisine had been growing ever since the repeal of Prohibition. Dazzled by visions of the good life presented in luxury lifestyle magazines and by the practices of the upper class, who adopted European taste and fashion, upper-middle-class Americans increasingly populated the gourmet movement. In the process, they came to appreciate the cuisine created by France's greatest chef, Auguste Escoffier.
Strauss’s impressive archival research illuminates themes―gender, class, consumerism, and national identity―that influenced the course of gourmet dining in America. He also points out how the work of painters and fine printers―reproduced here―called attention to the aesthetic of dining, a vision that heightened one’s anticipation of a gratifying experience.
In the midst of this burgeoning gourmet food movement Child found her niche. The movement may have introduced affluent Americans to the pleasure of French cuisine years before Julia Child, but it was Julia’s lessons that expanded the audience for gourmet dining and turned lovers of French cuisine into cooks.
Entertaining doyenne Phyllis Hoffman shows how to prepare a stunning table for any occasion.
So many of the events of our lives, from the formal to the informal, are celebrated by gathering around a table. Whatever the occasion—whether it's a holiday dinner, Sunday brunch, or a casual lunch with friends—the table is the place where we relax and enjoy each other's company while savoring a great meal.
No one knows how to dress a table with elegance and flair better than Phyllis Hoffman, publisher of Southern Lady magazine, the quintessential resource for entertaining the gracious Southern way. Now, Hoffman draws upon her years of expertise to create Southern Lady Gracious Tables, the definitive guide to creating gorgeous "tablescapes" for every occasion.
Starting with the basics, Hoffman presents a series of breathtaking spreads for a whole range of occasions, from formal settings to casual get-togethers, and describes how to achieve each look, right down to the recipes—55 in total—for her mouthwatering specialties. Enjoy a lovely outdoor lunch of tasty Fried Green Tomatoes with Crab and Green Chile Cream Sauce, or finish off a dinner party with delectable Praline Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce.
Hoffman then builds a "wardrobe for the table," navigating through the complex world of dinnerware, fine linens, and serving pieces. Each and every element of the table—from fruit saucer to lemon fork to water goblet—is covered in a friendly, helpful way.
Finally, there's advice on adding that all-important personal touch, with instructions on how to craft flowers, family heirlooms, collectibles, and other unexpected treasures into the perfect centerpiece, place marker, or accent. All along, her advice includes refreshingly simple techniques for presentation and encourages the reader's own creativity in playing with colors, patterns, and styles.
Complemented by lush photography and told in Hoffman's accessible, encouraging, and deliciously Southern voice, Southern Lady Gracious Tables is a must-have for every aspiring hostess, south or north of the Mason Dixon. The perfect gift for any woman who loves to entertain, it has all the tools, tips, and inspiration you need to elevate the ordinary to the unforgettable.
Get tips on setting an select table for formal dining with interior designer Brian Gluckstein.
Mississippi 7-Piece Outdoor Dining Set with Ice BucketThis dining set is perfect for any outdoor dinner setting and is just the right size for any backyard or patio. Rust-free cast aluminum constructionHardened powder coat finish for years of beautyEasy to follow assembly instructions and product care information includedFade, chip and crack-resistantSet Includes: Round TableDimensions: 60-in Dia x 29-in HWeight: 66-lbs(6) Dining ChairsDimensions: 24-in W x 23-in D x 35-in HIce BucketDimensions: 19.75-in Dia x 6-in HWeight: 9-lbsNote: It is recommended that the products be covered to protect them when not in use. To preserve the beauty and finish of the metal products, applying an epoxy clear coat once a year is recommended.
Balanced and precise lines combine with an espresso finish and clean tapered legs to create our Tiburon dining collection. Complete with a matching bench and counter and bar height swivel barstools, all with matching neutral ivory fabric, this ensemble bridges the gap between traditional and contemporary design to become a perfect addition to you dining room, kitchen or nook.
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