How many times have you been to an upscale restaurant or fancy dinner party and wondered just what fork to use? Well finally that question has been answered along with so many other burning questions about table manners. In “What Fork Do I Use? – Confident and Comfortable Dining” by Rosemarie Burns and Linda Reed have created a comprehensive guide to entertaining; at least from an etiquette stand point.
As a caterer I studied proper table settings so that none of my clients would have issues with that aspect of my service. But even with my research there was one time that I had screwed up. A European client had a very formal dinner party in Palm Beach and about an hour before the guests were due to arrive the hostess gasped in horror that I had no dessert spoons on the table. For most of us a dessert spoon is a teaspoon, but for a proper formal dinner a dessert spoon is much larger. Lucky for me I was able to get an emergency delivery from the party rental company and those dessert spoons were on the table in no time flat.
In this lovely book on the subject of table manners everything is covered down to the minutest detail. I highly recommend it to everyone because you never really know when your knowledge of proper dining etiquette will be needed. After reading this book you will never be questioning which glass is yours, or which one is your bread and butter plate. We have all been at the table with other guests and have either asked ourselves those questions or heard someone at the table ask.
Rosemarie assures us that “the art of dining etiquette, manners and setting the table is based on skills which can be learned”. She and Linda “truly believe that it’s as important now as ever to know the basic rules of dining etiquette. Many life events, both social and business related, occur around dining together. It’s in these situations that we are often judged by our behavior. Landing the ideal job or getting promoted can depend upon your ability to handle yourself well at the table. And, making basic mistakes as a host, or even guest, can be embarrassing. The reality is the opinions of us are formed by the way in which we dine.”
With the holiday season upon us Which Fork Do I Use? is requisite guide to throwing the perfect party or being a great guest. Give it as a gift, buy it for yourself. I guarantee that after reading it you will never as the question again Which Fork Do I Use.
Disclaimer: This book was given to me to review but the opinions of it are 100 percent my own.