Revised and updated paperback edition of the national bestseller (now in its fifth printing), and "definitive guide to the art of living well" (Charlotte Empey, editor-in-chief of Metro), including a new foreword by Debbie Travis and updated sections on business etiquette and everyday entertaining.
Widely considered a world expert in butlering, Charles MacPherson lays out the essentials of household management in this wonderfully illustrated style, entertainment and etiquette guide. For anyone who rents or ownsbe it a small urban condo or a lavish country estateThe Butler Speaks has everything you need to simplify, organize and care for your home.
Charles the Butler believes that entertaining guests and managing your home should be easy, unstuffy and stress-free. In this comprehensive volume, Charles shares modern etiquette and style tips, all geared to making you more comfortable in social situations both within the home and the workplace. He covers a wide range of topics, from cooking and cleaning, to manners, menus and text messaging etiquette. You will learn how to properly present a business card, make polite dinner conversation, create a perfect cheese plate, set a table and pull off a flawless partyall with the flair, charm and unpretentious grace of a butler. And for fans of Downton Abbey and anyone curious about the history of the service industry, Charles also offers a glimpse into the manor homes of yesteryear, revealing what life was like for the privileged "upstairs" class and for the servants working downstairs.
No matter what size home you have, The Butler Speaks is a simple and essential guide to living tastefully and gracefully.
|Publisher:||Appetite by Random House|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
A world authority in household management and butlering, CHARLES MacPHERSON has over twenty-six years of experience as the major domo for one of Canada's most prominent families. In 2009, he opened North America's only registered school for butlers and household managers. The author lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Table of Contents
Part 1 The Tradition of Service 1
Part 2 The Butler Speaks 39
Part 3 The Etiquette of Entertaining 81
Part 4 Table Manners for the 21st Century 145
Part 6 The Art of Good Housekeeping 177
Food and Wine Pairing 231
Annotated Reading List 239
About the Author 249
What People are Saying About This
“All warmth and charm, Charles takes the stuffiness out of butlering. When Charles the Butler speaks, I listen! He presents the ‘old school’ lessons of etiquette, entertaining and housekeeping in a way that everyone can learn. I am proud he is a Master Trainer at my school.”
—Pamela Eyring, President of The Protocol School of Washington
“One of my favourite guests, Charles the Butler gives great advice on managing your life, loving laundry and pursuing good manners.”
—Marilyn Denis, host of The Marilyn Denis Show
“Charles has been my go-to resource for nearly a decade now. His expertise, elegance, and thoughtful tips are an unbeatable combination. I am thrilled that he is sharing his in-depth knowledge with the public in this handy resource."
—Benjamen Douglas, Former Household Manager to Morgan Freeman and Myrna Colley-Lee
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Bought this book for my Nook but had to order the book itself upon completion. This book has ideas which anyone can use irregardless of their income or where they live. It's indexed for quick use & easy to understand. Illustrations are easy to follow; especially on folding bedded sheets. From cleaning to clothes care to entertaining to good housekeeping this book has it. Truly three books in one. HIGHLY recommended.