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Old January 12 2013, 12:44 PM   #31
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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)?
I'm sure Bill Bryson explained it in one of his books (Made In America, possibly), but I can't remember what it was...
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Old January 12 2013, 01:25 PM   #32
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As mentioned, in Europe it's common to use both hands when eating.

The "correct" way to do it is fork in the left hand, and knife in the right hand.

I'm right handed, but the only way that feels right for me is having the knife in the left hand and fork in the right hand.

Maybe it's genetics? All my aunts also eat the same way
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Old January 12 2013, 02:38 PM   #33
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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.
But the only way to figure out how one is supposed to do it -when in a sorta formal setting- is to observe how others around the table do!
(a friend impressed me once by eating chicken wings with knife and fork)
I do that -maybe because I mostly eat those while sitting by a keyboard though
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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)?
I'm sure Bill Bryson explained it in one of his books (Made In America, possibly), but I can't remember what it was...
I read somewhere that it was a way to show defiance against the rule of the English...
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Old January 12 2013, 02:47 PM   #34
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tape a chopstick to each finger.
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Old January 12 2013, 02:53 PM   #35
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^Something like this perhaps?


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Old January 12 2013, 03:39 PM   #36
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^Get your mind out of the gutter, Robert.
I didn't realize how that sounded until you posted this. Oops.

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Old January 12 2013, 07:24 PM   #37
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Re: Eating with your dominate hand

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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)?
I'm sure Bill Bryson explained it in one of his books (Made In America, possibly), but I can't remember what it was...
Indeed. From what I remember, it's because an early eating implement had the fork and knife combined, with the useful bits at opposing ends of a single piece of wood.
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Old January 12 2013, 07:32 PM   #38
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^AH! -the Swiss army knork!?
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Old January 12 2013, 07:40 PM   #39
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I rarely have need for a knife. Most of what I eat is chopped during prep. Honestly, I think it's the most civilized way to go.
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Old January 12 2013, 07:47 PM   #40
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I rarely have need for a knife. Most of what I eat is chopped during prep. Honestly, I think it's the most civilized way to go.
Why not just blend it and serve it in a beaker with a straw?

No really, who's in so much of a hurry that they need their food almost pre-chewed for them? -There is a difference between fast food and slow food: one is something you do when you're on your own and/or in a hurry and the other is something you do when the social gathering around a meal, not the actual nourishment of the meal, is the main event.

imho and all that...
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Old January 12 2013, 08:17 PM   #41
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The opening post baffled me until I read some of the follow-up posts, I have no idea that Americans did not use their knifes and forks in the same way as Europeans - as someone else pointed out - here we'd maybe see that sort of style in a child or maybe someone who had a disability and couldn't use both hands at once.

So do Americans not do the 8 o'clock (fork), 4 o'clock (knife) placement to indicate that you are taking a rest and then 6 o'clock (both) or 4 o'clock (both) to indicate that you are finished?
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Old January 12 2013, 08:23 PM   #42
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^I think we had a thread about that a couple of months ago
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Old January 12 2013, 08:24 PM   #43
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I rarely have need for a knife. Most of what I eat is chopped during prep. Honestly, I think it's the most civilized way to go.
Why not just blend it and serve it in a beaker with a straw?



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If it's a good enough pie, can't you just bury your face in it?
Get your mind out of the gutter, Robert.
I didn't realize how that sounded until you posted this. Oops.

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No, it's just that, unlike most of us here, you don't have a dirty mind!
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Old January 12 2013, 11:50 PM   #44
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I didn't realize how that sounded until you posted this. Oops.

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Old January 13 2013, 06:50 AM   #45
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Made in America, so there for Fork in Left, Knife in Right and put knife down when done using. HOWEVER, if I am at a restaurant and I get a nice Prime Rib - Medium Rare, I suddenly become European (both "weapons" in hands until the steaks gone)
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