Part memoir, part how-to, A Butler's Life -- the account of Christopher Allenas real-life duties Behind The Silver Salver-- offers a contemporary peek into this fascinating, yet demanding profession. Those for whom the mental picture of a British butler is the impeccable Jeeves or Remains of the Dayas prim Mr. Stevens will find Christopher Allen a surprise and a delight. The engaging Englishman, while no less a paragon of service than his literary peers, is charmingly human in his ongoing endeavor to master a profession whose most perfect representative is invisible. And, for those whose homes might not be staffed with live-in servants but who would enjoy benefiting from their expertise, nearly two dozen sidebars reveal tips of the trade--everything from hints for seamless entertaining to advice on household management. Far from a relic of a past era, Christopher Allen demonstrates that being a butler -- in villas on the Cote daAzur and in California, on luxury yachts in England and estates in the Hamptons -- is still a very viable, rewarding way to make a living in the twenty-first century.PRESENTATION TECHNIQUE: DISPLAYING THE CORK WITH AN OPEN WINE BOTTLE With the bottle upright and its ... Mova ing down the neck of the bottle to the top of the lip, from the same relative starting point A, make another cut around the bottle, ending at point B and again leaving 1/4aquot; of foil uncut. ... Insert the cork into the ring and fold the foil excess tightly against the cork to hold it in place.
|Title||:||A Butler's Life|
|Author||:||Christopher Allen, Kimberly Allen|
|Publisher||:||iUniverse - 2000|