How to Behave in the Modern World and Why Bother
By Jeremiah Tower
Read by Jeremiah Tower
Penguin Random House Audio/Random House Audio
Oct 18, 2016 | Duration h:m = 2:21
I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
An authoritative and witty guide to modern table manners for all occasions by one of the world’s most acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs Table Manners is an entertaining and practical guide to manners for everyone and every occasion. Whether you are a guest at a potluck or the host of a dinner party, a patron of your local bar or an invitee at a state dinner, this audiobook tells you exactly how to behave: what to talk about, what to wear, how to eat. Jeremiah Tower has advice on everything: food allergies, RSVPs, iPhones, running late, thank-yous, restaurant etiquette, even what to do when you are served something disgusting. This charming audio guide is your “Strunk & White” for navigating our cosmopolitan age with confidence and good taste.
This is a well-written, informative, and short audiobook drolly narrated by its author.
“Well-written” because the author is well-informed and speaks from his years of experience in what makes sense at the table for you, for the host, and for servers. Instead of being mired in anachronisms, Tower presents and explains sensible matters of etiquette rooted in reason rather than the Regency period. If you, or a loved one, has moved through a social strata through education, merit, hard work, marriage, or just dumb luck, this book will acquaint you with knowledge that may not have been present to you before.
While Mr. Tower’s prose can be witty and wry, the subject matter is dry. And, as a reference book it is harder to use as such in audio than in print. I do think it is perfect for a graduate, or someone entering a new sphere of employment, or a newly engaged couple. And, in audio format, is perfect for a commute or plane trip.
This guide is not however an all-inclusive list of dos and don’ts, hows and whys: It does not include how to address invitations, and some of the nitty gritty of polite behavior in regards to dining and entertaining. I also did not agree with all of his recommendations, for example his views that place cards are “a custom of formal dining that should never be abandoned.” (print, page 63) But, I did think his idea that the host should write the name on both sides to facilitate guests recall each other’s names somewhat brilliant.
I enjoyed the book despite the dryness of the subject matter and I think it is one of those references any new adult should have on hand as a tool for success in entertaining and business.
It is a must have!
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