Modern American Manners: Dining Etiquette for Hosts and Guests

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7.9 X 9.1 X 1.1 inches | 2.25 pounds

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About the Author

Fred Mayo recently retired as Clinical Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management at New York University. He has been a college professor, administrator, trainer, and small business owner. He currently teaches etiquette and manners courses. He loves to entertain and make each dinner party special. He has an MBA, a PhD, and certifications in hospitality. He lives in New Paltz, New York.

Michael Gold's photographs have appeared in the New York Times, Fortune, Esquire, and more.


"In this crazy world we live in, manners and etiquette have somehow become a lost art. This gap can make many people uncomfortable whether at home, with friends, or at a business meeting. Dr. Fred Mayo, Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Michael Gold, photographer extraordinaire with a lighthearted lens, have put together this fabulous book as a guide to help us all get back on track with a sensible, simple, concise, and fun approach."
--Kevin Zraly, internationally recognized wine expert and educator, creator of the Windows on the World Wine School, author of several books on wine, and recipient of the 2011 James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award

"Modern American Manners: Dining Etiquette for Hosts and Guests by Fred Mayo and Michael Gold should be a required reading not only for students and young professionals, but for everyone. The book provides excellent pictures of the do's and don'ts with thought-provoking information for people to use throughout their lives. In particular, the Manners in Business chapter is one of the most important sections for new and experienced professionals, reinforcing the importance of proper conduct in business settings, which many people have either forgotten or never learned."
--Joseph A. McInerney CHA, Emeritus President and Chief Executive Officer, American Hotel & Lodging Association

"Remember those etiquette lessons your parents tried to teach you? Modern American Manners goes well beyond those teachings and provides invaluable information for those who like to throw a party and those who like to attend social gatherings. Best of all, the authors provide the information in a lighthearted and comical way."
--Dr. Dennis Reynolds, Barron Hilton Distinguished Chair and Dean, Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, University of Houston

"Good manners are essential for putting yourself--and others--at ease for every occasion. But where can you turn to learn the basics of proper etiquette, whether you are entertaining at home, socializing for work, selecting the proper hostess gift, or want to fine tune your conversation skills and be an enjoyable guest? Simply turn to the pages in Modern American Manners. Authors Fred Mayo and Michael Gold provide the essentials of contemporary manners with helpful tips for any social situation, all illustrated with Michael's spot on, often humorous, photographs."
--Melanie Young, Host of The Connected Table LIVE!

"I was once told that manners are the lubricant of social intercourse. This book is the modern guide to manners, etiquette, and polite behavior that our society needs. Fred Mayo and Michael Gold have created a clearly written and comprehensive book that covers every social and private situation that I can think of and details the way to behave in each situation. It also separates the polite from the rude. So much more than a list of 'do's and don't's, ' this book explains and shows the 'why's' behind the ways we should act. It belongs in the hands of everyone who would have the world think well of them."
--Darrin Siegfried, President Emeritus, The Sommelier Society of America, Inc.

"A comprehensive and fascinating book on American manners....The friendly style invites readers to consider how to be good guests and hosts. The chapter on entertaining and practicing manners in business settings is especially helpful. I recommend it to everyone who wants to know about how to enjoy dining with colleagues and friends."
--Professor Kaye Chon, Dean and Chair Professor, Walter Kwok Foundation Professor in International Hospitality Management, School of Hotel & Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

"A useful guide to navigating the often confusing--and always evolving--world of manners at today's dinner table. Among many things, it is a quiet plea to acknowledge civility at a time when we apparently need it most."
--James Oseland, former Editor-in-Chief of Saveur magazine, author of Cradle of Flavor and judge on Top Chef Masters