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Apples of Gold in Settings of Silver - Stories of Dinner as a Work of Art

Young , Carolin C.

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ISBN 10: 0743222024 / ISBN 13: 9780743222020
Editorial: Simon & Schuster, 2002
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2002 First Edition Large Hardcover book in the original dust Jacket. Never read; small flack feltpen dot bottom page edges, two corner bumps; jacket has slight edgewear & corner closed very small tear; blue feltpen 3-digit number mark across bar code on back of jacket & slight indents. Handsomely bound book; dove-grey boards with design impressed, with Gold gilt title impressed on white spine; in matching silver grey jacket with color reproduction of painting Still Life with Silver by Alexandre Francois Desportes, on the front cover, and small color photo of author inside back flap. Book size is : 7-3/4 x 8-1/2 x 1-1/4 " thick; weighs nearly 2 pounds. 363 deckle-edged pages , with bibliography, illustrated throughout with matte black & white photos and painting reproductions + 16 pages glossy color photographs & reproductions of paintings, many full-page; some suitable for framing if you should so desire. Author Carolin C. Young has a degree in European history, as well as a Royal Society of Arts Diploma awarded from Christie's Eduction in London. She has done P.R. for Christie's in New York, and researched antique porcelain, silver and glas for James Robinson Inc. , and lectures on dining history at Sotheby's Institute of Art. Putting together all those areas of interest and expertise, she has written this book to share her love of fine dining, and the history of the gracious and sumptious, and sometimes stupendous ! dinner table with cooks and gourmets and hostesses and anyone interested in history. Twelve delicious stories, covering ten centuries, show the architecture, ambiance, and epicurean delights of some famed feasts over the centures. If you'd like to create a period dinner party, or costume party , there is a wealth of information, but please note, there are NO menus in this book and NO recipes; it is NOT a cookbook. This book covers select occasions from the year 1132 , up to 1932. From dining with the Monks in Burgundy in the year 1132 , through the Italian Rennaissance, to the Coronation of King Charles I in London in 1626 , to dining with the King of France at the Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte in 1661 , the insationable gluttony of Count Heinrich von Bruhl in Dresden in the mid 18th century , an intimate supper with Casanova in Venice 1753 , Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord at table in Paris in the early 19th century , George Bernard Shaw Sunday supper with William Morris and family in London 1884 , The Seccession Banquet in Vienna 1900 , to the Surrealist Picnic of the legendary Caresse Crosby at the Moulin de Soleil , in the summer of 1932. Caresse was the wife of Harry Crosby; her mantra as a hostess was ' Anything Goes ' , and at her parties, amongs the surreal set and the avant garde artistes of the day, anything could happen, and frequently did ! There are descriptions, as far as they are historically available, of the dining experience, and there is extensive information from the author about the settings and the atmosphere and the service and the social history of the time. Color photographs include some spectacular pieces of museum quality china , reproductions of framous paintings of people at table, a color photograph of the beautiful Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte in modern times; the painting Autumnal Cannibalism by Salvador Dali ; a William Morris tapestry, and more. " Apples of Gold in Settings of Silver - Stories of Dinner as a Work of Art " by Carolin C. Young ; 2002 Hard cover book in original DJ , published by Simon & Schuster , New York *** Secure packing for Safe shipping since 1965 *** Size: 7-3/4 x 8-1/2 x 1-1/4 ". N° de ref. de la librería 91112

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Título: Apples of Gold in Settings of Silver - ...

Editorial: Simon & Schuster

Año de publicación: 2002

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Ilustrador: Photos

Condición del libro:Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Good

Edición: 1st Edition

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An invitation to twelve historic dinner parties from a dining historian who gracefully traverses ten centuries of Western history in answer to the question, what does it mean to dine? Carolin Young believes that eating is biological and that dining is what makes us human. APPLES OF GOLD IN SETTINGS OF SILVER is a celebration of this philosophy, where the universal impulse to dine elegantly is on exquisite display. Each of these twelve time-travelling banquets offers an opportunity to dine with some of Europe's most fascinating personalities; to sample the food and music, the wardrobe and etiquette that marked such infamous occasions as Casanova's seduction diners, Talleyran's foreign-affairs soirees, and the entertainments of bell epoque Vienna, inspired by the ancient Egyptian adage, "Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die." In the telling emerge such important developments in the history of dining as the European discovery of porcelain, the introduction of the fork, and the arrival of turkeys from the New World.


"To dine is not merely to eat," says Carolin C. Young, whose Apples of Gold in Settings of Silver explores dinner as social document--the ambiance, manners, diners, settings, and cooking of 12 feasts spanning 900 years of European history. These meals, which Young dubs art, range from Peter the Venerable's 11th-century Clunic feast in Burgundy to a 20th-century surrealistic picnic, and include dinners populated by the likes of Casanova, Titian, George Bernard Shaw, and Salvador Dali.

The premise is a fascinating one--who wouldn't be interested in the introduction of the fork, for example, or the arrival of turkeys in the Old World from the New? Unfortunately, Young seems compelled to tell everything she's learned. This results in meandering scene setting and lengthy digressions (for example, a chapter on Count Heinrich von Brüel's 18th-century feast halts over an investigation of Meissen porcelain) that drain her narratives of interest. The book's contextual "wealth" also makes some of the dinners, sometimes insufficiently documented by history anyway, seem more ghostly than they otherwise might. (Lacking specifics, the menus themselves are also sometimes evoked in terms of typical period fare.) In addition, Young is given to observations that are suspect ("But once the idea of hell reached its creative zenith with Dante's Inferno, fascination with gluttony began to wane," for example) or risible (such as, "When the yearning to obtain a desirable flavor incites theft, gourmandizing has execrably devolved into gluttony"). These objections stated, the book still gives readers a chance to acquaint themselves with something of the sweep of social history while providing the opportunity to meet figures made immediate through a discussion of their tables. With black-and-white and color illustrations. --Arthur Boehm

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