Menu Design in America, 1850–1985
Jim Heimann, Steven Heller, John Mariani
Hardcover, 392 pages, $ 59.99
Back in the day, a menu was an integral part of the dining experience. After being led to your table, your maître d’ would proudly present you with a carefully designed culinary guide. At the pinnacle of their day, menus became treasured keepsakes and are a subject of many passionate collectors.
Menu Design in America, 1850–1985 showcases the best examples of this graphic art. With nearly 800 examples of ephemera the volume doubles as a history of restaurants and dining out in America. In addition to the menu covers, many menu interiors are featured providing a glimpse into more than a hundred years of dining out.