maandag, januari 21, 2008

Etiquette and Emily Post


A question about Emily Post through the mail. Who was this lady? She was born Emily Price, October 27, 1873, and died September 25, 1960. She was a selfprofessed guru on Etiquette in the United States and published her first book in 1922. I own a copy of the 1955 Etiquette, the Blue Book fo Social Usage. More about her here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emily_Post

And here her suggestions for a stand up breakfast or supper for a wedding: Big urns with bouillon and one with chocolate. Two cold dishes such as chicken and celery salad, or ham mousse with chopped hearts of lettuce. The hot dishes may be creamed crab meat, chicken a la king and chicken croquettes. Of first importance is to select food that can be easily eaten with a fork while the plate is held in the other hand. There should also be finger rolls and sandwiches substantial yet small enough to eat easily.
Also on the table must be: dishes filled with fancy cakes, peppermints, caramels, chocolates. And an icecream dessert. Do not forget punch or champagne and coffee.
Where oh where is the fruitsalad, where are the strawberries, the pineapplechuncks and all the rest??????

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