This HTML version is divided into three 6. The information contained within the If you are prepared to read it, do so with extreme caution. You and the world will never be the same again as history itself collapses before your eyes.
Restaurant menus, as we know them today, are a relatively new phenomenon. Food historians tell us they were a "byproduct" of the French Revolution.
In the 20th century children's menus take their place at the table. Before the emergence of the restaurant, a menu had always been a list of all those foods to be served during a particular meal as at a banquet today.
Cookbooks recommended them and chefs in wealthy households composed them, but all the items on the menu were brought to the table in the course of the meal.
A table d'hote had no menu; the eaters whoever in the course of the meal might be and the food whatever it might be arrived at the same moment. The restaurant's role as a place for the exhibition and treatment of individual weaknesses, however, necessitated a new sense of the menu: In the restaurant, the vagaries of each customer-patient's malady demanded different dietary treatments; no two souls or nervous systems were "sensitive" in the same way.
When ordering from a restaurant menu, the patron therefore made a highly individualistic statement, differentiating him-or herself and his or her bodily complaint from the other eaters and their conditions.
By the mere presence of a menu, the restaurant's style of service demanded a degree of self-definition, and awareness and cultivation of personal tastes, uncalled for by the inn or cookshop Restaurants had printed menus because they offered their customers a choice of unseen dishes While a restaurant's fare might not be uniform No longer required to share each of the dishes brought to a table d'hote, but permitted to concentrate on the ones he or she explicitly requested, the restaurant patrons could make preference as much a matter of finance as of taste In a restaurant, the ostentations potlatch of baroque expenditure was replaced by the equally conspicuous and significant economy of rationalized calculation.
Spang [Harvard University Press: Cambridge MA] p. This book contains far more information about the origin and history of the menu than can be paraphrased here.
If you need more details please ask your librarian to help you find a copy. The number of courses, and the number of dishes served at each course, are period and meal dependant.
Our research confirms "classic" meals generally offer 4 to 8 courses. Examples of 12 course menus are rare, perhaps suggesting they are not "standard" at all. Here is how A. Grimod de La Reyniere describes such a meal in his Almanach des gourmands: The first consists of soups, hors d'oeuvres, releves, and entrees; the second, of roasts and salads; the third of cold pasties and various entremets; and lastly, the fourth, of desserts including fresh and stewed fruit, cookies, macaroons, cheeses, all sorts of sweetmeats, and petits fours typically presented as part of a meal, as well as preserves and ices.
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