The Set Table, The Art of Small Gatherings by Hannah Shuckburgh. I love tableware, don't you? From cutlery to crockery, it's always been almost a fault of mine to collect. So when I heard about this book recently I had to take a look. Hannah Shuckburgh includes some interesting background and information on everything table related from the types of different plates to flower arranging and special lighting. The book has a down home country feel, like a visit to Grandma's house. Here's a few pics:
I like this book for a few reasons. It's a nice reference to use when entertaining and to make things special, maybe even using your table-setting as a conversation piece when things get quiet. I especially like the history on why dishes are made a specific way and the tips on buying linens. A must-have book for the entertainer. (Photography by Charlotte Bland).
The Set Table, is available through Cicada Books.
Price: £17.95 / $27.50 US
Available in the US through artbook.com