This year marks the 50th anniversary of Walter Hoving's Tiffany's Table Manners for Teenagers (Random House, $18). You'll be happy to note that the concise guide by the former chairman of Tiffany's of New York has retained all of its charm and wit over the years. Phew. Want to learn how to consume an artichoke? Wondering what foods you can politely eat with your fingers (grapes and asparagus, to name two)? Not sure what to do if you bite into gristle? This book has answers.
It also has perky pen-and-ink drawings by Joe Eula, a fashion illustrator who worked for Harper's Bazaar and Vogue during his illustrious career, and it is a blast to flip through.
Remember, if you're invited to a dinner party, "You're there to be entertaining. Don't be a gloom. Do your part." For real!
PS-At that Labor Day picnic today? You can totally eat the fried chicken with your hands, says Walter.