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Let the Meatballs RestAnd Other Stories About Food and Culture$
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Massimo Montanari

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231157339

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231157339.001.0001

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Table Practices and Manners

Table Practices and Manners

(p.143) Nine Table Practices and Manners
Let the Meatballs Rest

Massimo Montanari

, Beth Archer Brombert
Columbia University Press

This chapter explores the eating habits and utensils employed throughout history, from the practice of picking up food with one's fingers to the more sophisticated art of dining with fine wine. Prior to its widespread use in the eighteenth century, it was almost unheard of to distance one's self from one's meal with the use of such utensils as the fork, yet nowadays “finger foods” have come into fashion and have been duly accorded with dietary benefits, besides. Other such eating habits over the years have changed the emphasis from overeating to deconstructing one's meal in courses, or in coupling one's meals with cold drinks. Some innovations in dining, such as the lazy Susan and the soup tureen, even allow for a more convivial—even aesthetic—atmosphere, if not one immersed in formal and informal rules of etiquette.

Keywords:   eating habits, eating utensils, finger foods, food history, dining etiquette

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