Entertaining With Elegance Author:Genvieve Antoine Dariaux Writing with the same good sense, the humorous and personal touches, and the frank outspokenness that have made her previous book on elegance in dress a best-seller, the directrice of the haute couture house of Nina Ricci now offers the American woman a complete alphabetical guide to every phase of entertaining - from simple buffets and barbequ... more »es to elaborate banquets and balls, from choice of linens, china, and silvervare to handling VIP's, latecomers and weekend guests.
The way to do things elegantly is not, as Madame Dariaux points out, just a matter of caviar and champagne, true hospitality is not measured by the number of servants or couses, and she shows how with imagination, organization, and the right spirit every woman can be a confident and complimented hostess.
Whether it's how to serve a really good cup of coffee or entertain in a one-room apartment or plan a menu for a very speical dinner party, you'll find Madame Dariaux's advice constatnly practical and full of specific hints and suggestions that will make your occasions more enjoyable, tasteful, and original.
And whether neophyte or experienced, hostesses will also welcome such enlightening tidbits as the glossary of French menu terms and the distinction of a genuine gourmet, and will find frequent use for such handy reference aids as: a checklist for guest bathrooms, a table of quantites, a run-down on cheese, a basic guide to wines; quck tricks for unexpected occasions and a host of ideas for canapes, entrees, desserts, and decorations.
Entertaining with Elegance, in short, is a bountiful helping of information and inspirtaiton served up in a friendly, flavorful style.« less