The Butler Speaks: A Return to Proper Etiquette, Stylish Entertaining, and the Art of Good Housekeeping Hardcover – Apr 23 2013
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“This definitive work fairly oozes the polish and poise of proper butlering, etiquette and household management. MacPherson (founder of Charles MacPherson Associates), neatly lays out the fundamentals of his business into five sections. Part one covers the oddly fascinating history of the service industry, including tidbits such as a footmen’s typical pay scale—based on height and good looks, not competence. Part two sets the etiquette standards with butlering how-tos and dos and don’ts. This is the part that will turn your brewed tea into an art form and your introductions into a statement about your pedigree, real or not. Part three is all about throwing the ultimate shebang, complete with the requisite cutlery, dishes, and glasses. Illustrations ensure you never use a three-tined dessert fork for your salad again. Mothers will appreciate part four, in which MacPherson exhorts readers not to put their elbows on the table, among other rules of table manners. A yearly cleaning calendar is just one aspect of the art of housekeeping discussed in part five. With wit and panache, MacPherson jams in reams of tips that will have you cultured in no time.”
“This [book] everything you never paid attention to while living at home: stylish entertaining, etiquette and the art of good housekeeping. Read this book and you will become the chicest domestic expert around.”
“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
About the Author
A world authority in household management and butlering, Charles MacPherson is the founder of Charles MacPherson Associates Inc., North America's only registered school for butlers and household managers. He brings over 24 years of experience in his field and is the resident butler for THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW. Charles' weekly column "Ask Charles the Butler" is featured in METRO NEWS. Visit Charles at www.charlesmacpherson.com
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Excellent book full of useful advice and lore on housekeeping. I am interested in the rituals and manners of the Edwardian era and this book provides both insight and a useful... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Chris
Wonderfully useful. Covers all the domestic issues, large and small. Excellent gift for anyone wanting to do things well and with grace.Published 24 months ago by C K STEWART
The book was clear and humorous. Macpherson writes on a lost art, one that all of our children could benefit from.Published on Dec 14 2013 by William Ross