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Old January 12 2013, 04:29 AM   #16
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Re: Eating with your dominate hand

I couldn't manage a knife very well with my left hand. If I need a knife, I hold it in my right hand and the fork in my left, so-called European style. If I don't need a knife, I just hold the fork (or chopsticks) in my right hand.
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Old January 12 2013, 04:51 AM   #17
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Re: Eating with your dominate hand

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. . . when I eat, I pick up my knife with whichever hand (if I'm already holding my fork in my right, it'll be my left, but if I'm holding nothing in my right I'll cut with my right) and then use my fork in the opposite hand to eat what I've cut. I can cut/transfer food to my mouth just as easily with either hand.
That's how I eat -- the so-called European or Continental method. I'm left-handed, so I hold the knife in my left hand and the fork in my right. Switching hands is a silly waste of time and motion.

Oh, and "dominate" is a verb. "Dominant" is an adjective.

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I cut with my dominant hand and then use my (submissive?) hand to put the food in my mouth with the fork.
Sounds as if you've got kinky hands.

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I would have a helluva difficult time cutting my food if I tried to hold a knife in my left hand. And while I could hold the fork in that hand and use it for eating, it would still feel incredibly awkward. In general, my left hand is useless for anything more complicated than holding something in place.
I'm most definitely left-handed. I can't even use a computer mouse with my right hand. My right hand has just enough coordination for holding an eating utensil and for wiping my butt.
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Old January 12 2013, 05:11 AM   #18
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Chopsticks ftw. And the food you eat with chopsticks.
Chopsticks are truly a more civilized way to eat. Cutting is the chef's job, I say!
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Old January 12 2013, 05:11 AM   #19
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Re: Eating with your dominate hand

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Usually when people eat with forks and knives, they put their knife in their dominate hand, cut, set the knife down, pick up their fork with their dominate hand, and then eat.
I never do that and hadn't heard that anyone does that until I was told by someone that it's an American way (I'm from Europe).

So it's not a universal way of eating.

I hold the knife in my right hand and fork in my left hand all the time. Or use chopsticks in my right hand and a spoon (simultaneously) in my left hand. If I hold only one, it's in the right hand.
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Old January 12 2013, 05:18 AM   #20
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Re: Eating with your dominate hand

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Chopsticks ftw. And the food you eat with chopsticks.
Chopsticks are truly a more civilized way to eat. Cutting is the chef's job, I say!
They are not optimal for peach pie, however.
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Old January 12 2013, 05:24 AM   #21
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Chopsticks ftw. And the food you eat with chopsticks.
Chopsticks are truly a more civilized way to eat. Cutting is the chef's job, I say!
They are not optimal for peach pie, however.
If it's a good enough pie, can't you just bury your face in it?
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Old January 12 2013, 05:27 AM   #22
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^Get your mind out of the gutter, Robert.
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Old January 12 2013, 05:34 AM   #23
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Pretty much use the European method. Always cut meat and/or vegetables with my right hand, and eat with the left hand. Never switch from right to left to eat.
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Old January 12 2013, 05:35 AM   #24
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Oh, and "dominate" is a verb. "Dominant" is an adjective.
Ah crap, did I make that mistake? I didn't catch it!

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Old January 12 2013, 05:40 AM   #25
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Re: Eating with your dominate hand

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If it's a good enough pie, can't you just bury your face in it?
That's amoré.
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Old January 12 2013, 06:47 AM   #26
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Where does the Spork come into play?
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Old January 12 2013, 07:03 AM   #27
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Where does the Spork come into play?
Never, if I have anything to say about it. I hate those infernal hybrid utensils.
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Old January 12 2013, 07:48 AM   #28
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Where does the Spork come into play?
Mostly in prisons.
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Old January 12 2013, 12:29 PM   #29
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In this video the woman calls eating with a knife and fork together "European or continental way". She also shows the other way.

I thought this is the way everybody eats. I can't recall ever seeing somebody switch fork and knife like that, although I don't pay much attention to other people's eating habits. (a friend impressed me once by eating chicken wings with knife and fork)
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Old January 12 2013, 12:36 PM   #30
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Re: Eating with your dominate hand

I'm ambidextruous, too, but prefer the right hand for cutting since knives are usually sharpened on the left side of the blade, that is for right-hand-use.

Also, here in Europe, we use both hands. You are supposed to cut one piece and then eat it with the fork, without the knife leaving your hand. The American method is tolerated in small children and acceptable for old people. However, you are supposed to always keep both hands (to the wrist, no further) on the table.

As such customs usually have a historical background, I suppose that we eat this way because it guarantees a maximum security for the other eaters. Your hands are always in sight and you keep the knife where everyone can watch it and react to a possible attack.

I'd be very interested, though, in learning what caused the American method. Is it only spite (doing it as different as possible from the way it's done in the homecountry) or is there a practical reason (having a hand free to grab the revolver lying in your lap)?


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Might I have that peach pie recipe, TSQ? It sounds interesting. I offer my mom's recipe for peach cake with aniseseed in return
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