Have you ever wondered how table manners have evolved over the centuries? Take a look at this edifying piece from the Smithsonian blog ‘Food & Think’ where even the history of the humble fork is examined in detail:
They were initially viewed as excessively refined or, in the case of men, a sign of effeminacy. The newfangled fork custom began in Italy and was a hit, but forks were slow to catch on in Northern Europe. The use of forks to get food from plate to mouth didn’t didn’t gain wide acceptance until the 17th century—and even then, only the well-to-do could afford them.
Other insights include a 1558 etiquette manual and the difficulties presented by the communal use of spoons.
Read the entire post here.