Menu Design in America, 1850–1985




Until restaurants became commonplace in the late 1800s, printed menus for meals were rare commodities reserved for special occasions. As restaurants proliferated, the menu became more than just a culinary listing. The design of the menu became an integral part of eating out and as such menus became a marketing tool and a favored keepsake.
Menu Design is an omnibus showcasing the best examples of this graphic art. With nearly 800 examples, illustrated in vibrant color, this deluxe volume not only showcases this extraordinary collection of paper ephemera but serves as a history of restaurants and dining out in America.

Designer: Josh Baker
Editor: Jim Heimann
Contributing Authors: Steven Heller and John Mariani
Publisher: Taschen
Language: English, French, German
Size: 9.8 × 12.5" / 249 × 318 mm 
Pages: 392
Publication: 2011
Binding: Hardcover