Up until the 1800s, neither restaurants nor menus were encountered everyday, but rather were saved for special occasions. Part advertisement and part relic, the menu became a rare symbol of the dining experience as well as a historical glimpse into the era's trends in design.
Menu design puts together all the greatest examples of this often overlooked art form in 'Menu Design in America.' The 100-year evolution of graphic design is tantalizing, as are the descriptions of the culinary treats on the menus. Not only the images but the epicurean selections illustrate the lost art of dining out. Graphic design writer Steven Heller provides an introduction of menu history while culinary historian John Mariani provides extensive captions throughout. Indulge your appetite for art with this omnibus of dining and design, now available from TASCHEN America.