Let's DISH

A visual feast, filled with tasty facts and mouth-watering photography, Dish: 813 Colorful, Wonderful Plates by House Beautiful features editor Shax Riegler shows how the most utilitarian of objects can be elevated into art and lead to the serious addiction known as "dish mania."  (Or as I refer to it, my china collection.)  The book has well-thought out design elements, with diagrams identifying plates on the cover and chapter openings; a quirky timeline of china history; and trivia tidbits such as the most enduring and popular patterns (Meissen's Blue Onion, in production since 1739; and Spode Christmas Tree, top request over the last 30 years by the 11 million customers of legendary china resource Replacements).  Most of all it offers page after page of simply delectable dishes.

Dish: 813 Colorful Wonderful Plates by Shax Riegler, photographs by Robert Bean, published by Artisan.

"Use the good china for breakfast."