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The mechanics of eating
Correctly, no one should start eating until everyone has been served. However, if some people are served before others, the unserved should turn to the served, and say “Don’t wait; please start.” The served do so, but pick slowly at their food so that the others will be able to catch up.
The set of silverware facing you at a classy dinner can be formidable, but the rule is simple: use it from the outside in. That is, you use the outside spoon for you soup, the middle one for dessert, and the inner one for your coffee.
We eat nearly everything with a fork, which most tight-handed people hold in the right hand. If something has to be cut up, you switch your knife to the right hand; do your cutting, (holding the item in place with the fork in the left hand). Then lay down the knife (on the side of the plate), switch the fork back to the right hand, stab the bite-sized piece with the fork, and eat.
Forks or fingers?
You sue the fork even when facing a number of foods that easily could be eaten with the fingers. Generally, if something could grease up your finger, don’t touch it. The exception is fried chicken, which may be seized between both hands. Bread and some other foods such as raw vegetables, may be eaten with the fingers. With bread rolls, we break off and butter one small piece at a time, having first transferred an adequate supply of butter from the butter dish to our own butter plated. Never stick your hand or your fork into a serving dish.
When the knife is not in action, it is most pleasing to have the free hand resting on the lap, although few people will mind a forearm resting on the table. The eating arm should rise off the table when carrying food to the mouth; the mouth must not be lowered to meet the fork or the spoon. One leans forward slightly to avoid drips in one’s lap. Elbows are properly kept off the table, at least until the plates are not cleared.