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Menu Design in Europe

Hardcover9.8 x 12.4 in.7.56 lb448 pages70Edition: English, French, German Availability: In Stock
Europe’s reputation as the center of the culinary world is confirmed with this expansive array of restaurant menus from across the continent. From extravagant bills of fare for royal feasts to delectable mid-century minimalist graphics, the gustatory customs of dozens of European countries are revealed in this encyclopedic design compendium.
Menu Design in Europe

Menu Design in Europe


À la carte European style

A visual and culinary history of graphic styles and design 1800 - 2000

Menu Design in Europe is a mouthwatering feast for the eyes, featuring hundreds of European menus from the early 19th century to the end of the millennium. At once a history of continental cuisine and a sprawling survey of graphic styles, Menu Design in Europe satisfies the craving for foodies and design enthusiasts alike.

The dominance of French cuisine provided the template for the culinary delights that spread throughout (and beyond) the continent. As restaurants and dining experiences increased in the 19th century, the need for a more formal presentation of available items resulted in a range of printed menus that could be both extravagant and simple. The 1891 menu from Paris’s Le Grand Vefour, with its intricate die-cut design, evokes a bustling Belle Epoque bistro, while the 1932 menu from London’s Royal Palace Hotel transports you to the bar at a spirited, Jazz Age nightspot. On the opposite side of the design spectrum, the menu for the mid-century Lasserre restaurant expresses a surrealistic simplicity. A range of stylistic decades is represented, from masterpieces of Art Nouveau and Art Deco to the graphic appropriations of the German Democratic Republic. Also showcased are the Michelin awarded restaurants of the celebrity chef–era and rarities such as a German military menu from World War II.

More than just bills of fare, these menus often represent a memorable dining experience, at times being presented with as much care and attention to detail as the meal itself. So, although one cannot sit in La Tour D’Argent in 1952 and sample its famous duck dish Le Caneton Tour d’Argent, we can surely imagine what it was like when looking at the waterfowl-themed illustration displaying the night’s offerings. Featuring an essay by graphic design historian Steven Heller and captions by ephemerist and antiquarian book dealer Marc Selvaggio, Menu Design In Europe features menus from leading collectors and institutions, providing a sumptuous visual banquet and historical document of two centuries of culinary traditions.
The author

Steven Heller has produced over 200 books on visual communication and published countless articles in international design magazines. Currently he is cofounder and cochair of the MFA Design program at the School of Visual Arts, New York.

The editor

Jim Heimann is the Executive Editor for TASCHEN. A cultural anthropologist, historian, and an avid collector, he has authored numerous titles on architecture, pop culture, and the history of Los Angeles and Hollywood, including TASCHEN’s Surfing, Los Angeles. Portrait of a City, California Crazy, and the All-American Ads series.

Menu Design in Europe
Hardcover25 x 31.5 cm3.43 kg448 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-7873-8

Edition: English, French, German
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6 Ratings


Ian G.,April 17, 2023
Hi,Great.Thank you very much.Cheers.


Jodla K.,March 7, 2023
Bardzo interesujaca książka 😉

Utterly stunning.

T. D.,November 20, 2022
A joyous and permanent addition to your library.

Beautiful book, superb reference for designers

Sean W.,November 3, 2022
I bought this as a source book for graphic design. And am very glad I did. It's very comprehensive with a lot of great images. High quality printing and paper. Worth noting the book is huge, thick, and pretty hefty. You're going to need a big space on a bookshelf. I just wish the Menus of America book was still in print. Or a paperback version available. Thus, presumably this book will go out of print soon enough too. Probably best not to hesitate in its purchase.

Full size, full color illustrations

Dana J.,October 24, 2022
This is a BIG, beautiful book that provides a chronogicic view of european menus for several centuries. Its easy to see progression and contributions by well known artists.


A r.,October 2, 2022
It's an understatement to say that the pictures in this book are gorgeous. It's a HUGE book (both in terms of weight & the number of pages), and the contents & colors are really outstanding. I own several other books by the author & the editor, and this one is absolutely my new favorite.