WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Smartphones, Food Photography and Dining Etiquette

Chefs have always known that "you eat with your eyes first"-- that visual presentations of food can affect our perceptions of taste. But in the era of Instagram, some restaurants are adjusting their plates and lighting schemes to cater to the lens of an iPhone. Others have adopted strict no-photography policies - with varying degrees of enforcement - because they worry such practices are disrupting the dining experience. Kojo examines how smartphones are affecting menus and dining etiquette.

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