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The Art Of The Table
A treasure trove of timeless information, this complete guide is to the table what Joy of Cooking is to the kitchen. Von Drachenfels shows us how to select, lay and use tableware to enhance any dining experience, and how to properly store and care for it - whether it's your grandmother's porcelain or everyday stainless steel.
She provides guidance on mixing and matching tableware patterns; the basics of coffee, tea, and wine; menu planning; napkin folding, and the proper service techniques for all types of entertainment. So as not to let the lore of the table fall away, she delves deep into the history of specific tableware and the customs we keep, making today's practices understandable.
For the novice host, this is an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide with more than 100 useful illustrations. For the host with more experience, it is a rich and exciting source of new ideas.
Like its author, whose passion for the table is contagious, The Art of the Table is an authoritative, elegant, and sophisticated resource for all one's dining needs.
About the Author
Suzanne Von Drachenfels's passion for table things led her to a career as Tabletop Consultant to Fitz & Floyd, a maker of fine dinnerware that has been used in the West Wing of the White House. As an expert on the table, she has travelled extensively to conduct seminars and appeared on television morning shows through out United States.
The Mystic's Coffee Break
A book of quotes and responses made by Pradeep maheshwari, a disciple of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother of Pondicherry, India. He is also known as PK and has seen life as a teacher, Businessman, Traveller, counsellor and is als o a Designer working in Industry and manufacturing. His insights into the working of human nature are highly appreciated.
Pictorial Practical Vegetable Growing - A Practical Manual
An excerpt from the first chapter: A Kitchen Garden, and the Wonders it Works.
Vegetable growers have their failures as well as their successes. Why, therefore, do they not suffer the depressions of other men? Ah! There's the crux! Any ass can be happy when the sun shines and the thistles are thick, but it wants a philosophical ass to be able to bra cheerfully when food is scarce and beatings fall thick and fast. Without claiming that this is a particularly complimentary metaphor, I yet proceed to extract the kernel from it. The vegetable grower is the superior member of society which he is simply and solely because he is able, through good and through evil report, to retain his equanimity.
It is not easy to say why vegetable growers are, as a class, so contented, but the fact is beyond dispute. If I myself were asked to define that fascination which makes my Potato patch more enjoyable to me than an art gallery, or a theatre, or a Parliament house, or a. museum, I should very likely be at a loss to answer. Even in the inner ring-the garden itself, with its rockery, its Rose beds, its fruit quarters, its greenhouse-the kitchen garden is the centre of interest. Yes! there is no possible doubt about it, vegetable culture is of all things on this earth the most completely seductive and satisfying.
In the few chapters on vegetables which I propose to give, I want my readers to agree with me in putting the subject on this higher plane. I want them to go into it as I do, with an enthusiastic and wholehearted joy. There is, in some quarters, a craven fear of acknowledging the fascination of Pea growing; we will have none of it here. I once heard the words infra dig. murmured in connection with manual labour in a kitchen garden. I responded with the one pun of my life, and here it is: " Yes, and I am IN FOR A DIG!"
The pun was execrable, but the spirit of the response I unflinchingly support. Let "Infra dig." be the watchword of the lily-fingered, and "In for a dig" be the battle-cry of you and I.
Is there a person reading these lines who is hovering on the brink of kitchen gardening? His plot is small, mayhap, and he has had no training; perhaps his purse is shallow. Let me link his arm in mine, and tell him, in words of earnestness if not of eloquence, to fear not neither to despair; rather to take his courage in both hands, an send his seed order off by the very next post....
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