Sunday, August 16, 2009

Table Manners by Mia King - Amateur Book Review

This is the second book I reviewed by Mia King, the first one being Sweet Life which I can't find my review llink for. Grrrrr...

Mia King's writing is sweet, you can tell she is just a very sweet person by the characters she comes up with. She weaves reader friendly stories, and her characters are all very likable even when they are the "villian" or in this case, the evil sister/sister-in-law to be.

What I also love about Mia's book is how much she loves food, especially the sweet stuff. Sweet Life and Table Manners are chock full of yummies to make your stomach growl in the wee hours of the morning, when I usually do my best reading. At the end of her books you will find the recipes for the food the characters eat or cook, which will make you want to get up from the couch and start cracking some eggs to whip up something delectable.

In Table Manners Deidre is a our main character and someone we can all identify with. If she isn't you, then you have a Deidre in your circle of friends. She cares about everyone and wants to take care of the world. She doesn't know how to say no and takes on her friend's commitment ceremony, while trying to come up with a whole new line of special desserts by "Sweet Deidre" in a week. Arrrghhh.

Book Description:
Deidre McIntosh finally has all the ingredients for a perfect life. She has her own line of cakes and cookies, and the perfect boyfriend, Kevin Johnson, one of Seattle’s top bachelors. Creative, energetic, and loving, Deidre is the person friends go to when they need a helping hand. But when Kevin’s ex-fiancĂ©e, the sultry and successful magazine publisher Sabine Durant, suddenly appears in Seattle, it’s Deidre who needs help. Already intimidated by Kevin’s glamorous, moneyed world—and his sister, who wants Deidre out of Kevin’s life—she knows she’s no match for Sabine. Deidre turns to her friends for advice, but finds they’re having crises of their own. When her business begins to slip from her fingers, Deidre knows she must to do something to keep her career and her love life from imploding. Can everyone’s favorite go-to person save herself?

Visit Mia King's site for more information and to read an except.

And because this is called Table Manners, I am going to include some basic tables manners which should be taught to all children and some adults could use a refresher course too!

Whether in a restaurant or in a home, here are some basic table manners to teach kids:

1. Eat with a fork unless the food is meant to be eaten with fingers. Only babies eat with fingers.

2. Sit up and do not hunch over your plate; wrists or forearms can rest on the table, or hands on lap. You don't want to look like a Neanderthal.

3. Don't stuff your mouth full of food, it looks gross, and you could choke.

4. Chew with your mouth closed. No one wants to be grossed out seeing food being chewed up or hearing it being chomped on. This includes no talking with your mouth full.

5. Don't make any rude comments about any food being served. It will hurt someone's feelings.

6. Always say thank you when served something. Shows appreciation.

7. If the meal is not buffet style, then wait until everyone is served before eating. It shows consideration.

8. Eat slowly and don't gobble up the food. Someone took a long time to prepare the food, enjoy it slowly. Slowly means to wait about 5 seconds after swallowing before getting another forkful.

9. When eating rolls, tear off a piece of bread before buttering. Eating a whole piece of bread looks tacky.

10. Don't reach over someone's plate for something. Politely ask that the item to be passed to you. Shows consideration.

11. Do not pick anything out of your teeth, it's gross. If it bothers you that bad, excuse yourself and go to the restroom to pick.

12. Always use a napkin to dab your mouth, which should be on your lap when not in use. Remember, dab your mouth only. Do not wipe your face or blow your nose with a napkin, both are gross. Excuse yourself from the table and go the restroom to do those things.

13. When eating at someone's home or a guest of someone at a restaurant, always thank the host and tell them how much you enjoyed it. At least say that you liked the dinner or mention a specific item that was particularly tasty, i.e. the dessert was great. Again, someone took time, energy, and expense to prepare the food, so show your appreciation.

Found on Dr. Dave & Dr. Dee's Site
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