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Elements of Etiquette: A Guide to Table Manners in an Imperfect World Hardcover – Nov 1992

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co (Nov. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688074022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688074029
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 16.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,554,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzy on 26 Dec. 2012
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A delightful little book. It reviews stiff old table manners with spicy,humorous commentaries et breathtaking liberties i.e.the law of NEVER cut salad leaves is dismissed - to my immense pleasure. It's worth reading but I doubt that it will be applicable to stuffy dinner parties. To me, however, it was a simple pleasure.
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Old standby 18 Sept. 2013
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If you don't want to wade through Emily Post or Amy Vanderbilt, then this is the book for you. However, it will not serve as a good door-stop like the other two Etiquette books will.
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Minor effort by a great food writer 25 July 2013
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I enjoyed this slim volume for what it was and just to hear Craig Claiborne's "voice" in a different setting.

There was little past common sense in Mr. Claiborne's advice on etiquette. It did strike me that as times have changed some of the behaviors of which he approves would now seem either quaint or archaic and some of the behaviors of which he disapproves have now become commonplace and perhaps, I regret to say, widely accepted.

I am not certain this work would help anyone who faced a genuinely thorny problem of etiquette but I do enjoy imagining what Mr. Claiborne would have to say about the use of cell phones and smart phones at a dining table!
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