Learning to Dine Stylishly

The Georgian age was a boom time for Britain. One of the most notable changes in diet was a change in the way animals were farmed. This meant fresh meat, rather than salted became readily available. Roast Beef was immortalised by artist William Hogarth in his prints and ironically, he expired after finishing a steak. Park promenaders could refresh themselves with milk fresh from cows grazing in St. James’s park. The way dinner was served changed gradually, moving from the middle to the end of the day. The serious business of eating lasted at least two hours, and in some houses with a servant for every guest. It was vulgar to eat your soup with your nose in the plate and exceedingly rude to scratch certain parts of your body, to spit, to blow your nose on your sleeve or to lean your elbows on the table. Picking your teeth before the dishes were removed, not to mention washing your gums in the wine glass rinser, well goodness me, none of these were acceptable.

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