138835Re: Dining in the 18th C.
- Mar 12, 2013The Trusler book is The Honours of the Table, 1791, at Google Books: http://books.google.com/books?id=CD1FAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=intitle:The+intitle:Honours+intitle:of+intitle:the+intitle:Table+inauthor:Trusler&hl=en&sa=X&ei=gi0_UauAAu2F0QHtzICwCw&ved=0CDEQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false
There is so much detail on every aspect of service... from placing the soup tureen, to using utensils, to how to carve at the table. I was researching a Federal table for a museum where Lafayette had eaten and came across bits of information in cookbooks, manners books, diaries and a few complete books such as Trusler and a little later, Robert Roberts' The House Servant's Directory,1827, at Feeding America: http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/cookbooks/html/books/book_05.cfm (there is also a very similar British author's version, just before Roberts- who was from Massachussetts)
Here is some information on the dining tables at camp which you might find interesting... the first part is RevWar, the second is Civil War. http://researchingfoodhistory.blogspot.com/2012/10/campaign-tables.html
Patricia Bixler Reber
www.hearthcook.com culinary history resources online
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