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Written by Jacqueline
(2/21/2004 2:21 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, P&P2 at dinner after Lizzy & the Gardiners returned to, penned by Karrie
My understanding is that it was quite usual to have several soup and fish dishes on the table at the same time. Diners would select from the dishes available. These would then be removed to make way for several meat and side dishes. This was dining 'a la francais'. In Victorian times dining 'a la russe' became fashionable which involved serving the soup and fish courses separately.
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