The Art of Dining and of Attaining High Health: With a Few Hints on Suppers. To which is Added, Anecdotes of Dining, Connected with Distinguished Individuals

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R. M. De Witt, 1874 - 288 стор.
 

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Сторінка 88 - It is the mode of dinner that I wish to recommend, and not any particular dishes, or wines. Common soup made at home, fish of little cost, any joint, the cheapest vegetables, some happy and inexpensive introduction, like the crab, and a pudding...
Сторінка 15 - With respect to wine, it is often offered when not wanted ; and, when wanted, is perhaps not to be had till long waited for. It is dreary to observe two guests, glass in hand, waiting the butler's leisure to be able to take wine together, and then perchance being helped in despair to what they did not ask for ; and it is still more dreary to be one of the two yourself.
Сторінка 18 - The party will consist of seven men beside myself, and every guest is asked for some reason — upon which good fellowship mainly depends ; for people brought together unconnectedly had, in my opinion, better be kept separate. Eight I hold to be the golden number, never to be exceeded without weakening the efficacy of concentration.
Сторінка 18 - I can write most easily upon what is freshest in my mind, I will give you, dear reader, an account of a dinner I have ordered this very day at Lovegrove's, at Blackwall, where if you never dined, so much the worse for you. This account will serve as an illustration of my doctrines on dinner-giving, better than a long abstract discourse.
Сторінка 69 - ... best, and then, like other delicacies, they are introduced after the appetite has been satisfied ; and the manner of handing vegetables round is most unsatisfactory and uncertain. Excellent potatoes, smoking hot, and accompanied by melted butter of the first quality, would alone stamp merit on any dinner ; but they are as rare on state occasions, so served, as if they were of the cost of pearls.
Сторінка 13 - ... pretence that it is the most convenient plan! This is an utter fallacy. The only convenient plan is to have every thing actually upon the table that is wanted at the same time, and nothing else : as, for example, for a party of eight, turbot and salmon, with doubles of each of the adjuncts, lobster-sauce, cucumber, young potatoes, Cayenne, and Chili vinegar ; and let the guests assist one another, which, with such an arrangement, they could do with perfect ease.
Сторінка 20 - I have ordered to be particularly well iced, and they will all be placed in succession upon the table, so that we can help ourselves as we please. I shall permit no other wines, unless, perchance, a bottle or two of port, if particularly wanted, as I hold variety of wines a great mistake.
Сторінка 19 - I hold to be the golden number, never to be exceeded without weakening the efficacy of concentration. The dinner is to consist of turtle, followed by no other fish but white-bait, which is to be followed by no other meat but grouse, which are to be succeeded simply by apple fritters and jelly ; pastry on such occasions being quite out of place.
Сторінка 190 - ... an appetite. Some people swallow their food in lumps, washing it down with large and frequent gulps of liquid — an affront to the stomach, which it is sure to resent with all the evils of indigestion, as it is impossible for the gastric juice to act, especially if the body is under the influence of motion. Even the motion of the easiest carriage on the smoothest road in such case tends to produce fermentation, and fever, an'd drinking more, the usual remedy with the ignorant, aggravates the...
Сторінка 114 - ... exclusively now and then by way of variety, or to take it at luncheon. There is something extremely grateful in the very best table-beer, and it is to be lamented it is so rarely to be met with in the perfection of which it is capable. That beverage at dinner, and two or three glasses of first-rate ale after, constitute real luxury, and I believe are a most wholesome variety. Good porter needs no praise, and bottled porter iced is in hot weather most refreshing. Cider cup lemonade, and iced punch...

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