Americans' Dining Technique Was Long-Abandoned By French
July 5, 2013
From the European viewpoint, the American style of cutting food can look absurdly inefficient and outdated. Slate contributor Mark Vanhoenacker explains that Americans inherited their "cut-and-switch" table habit from 18th century Frenchmen. The French long ago abandoned the decorative way of eating, but Vanhoenacker tells Audie Cornish, the Americans somehow have held on tight.
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