Q: I know the topic of how to not come off as some rude, pretentious vegetarian/vegan has been discussed a lot on The Kitchn, but I recently became a vegetarian and something I've never thought of before crossed my mind: When people ask why I am a vegetarian, what do I tell them without condemning their choice to eat meat?
Please help me out, guys! I really don't want to offend anyone, infringe upon people's right to make their own choices, or be a bad ambassador for vegetarianism.
Maybe you've heard that it is perfectly fine to slurp your noodles in Japan, but did you know that the Inuit people of Canada find burping at the end of a meal acceptable — and that there is a scientific explanation for it? A slideshow from the Daily Meal showcases some surprising dining habits from Afghanistan to Zambia.
No, seriously! How are you supposed to eat these things? Most of the time we end up indelicately shoveling too-large leaves into our mouths and smearing our cheeks with dressing in the process. We refuse to eat salads in public anymore. Inquiring minds want to know: do you have a favorite method for eating salads with decorum?
'Tis the season and no one knows it better than The Kitchn's writers during Cookie Week. After being invited to our fair share of cookie swaps this season, we noticed trends in the way hostesses arrange the logistics and the way participants talk about the treats they bring to share. We started to wonder if there was such a thing as cookie swap etiquette.
What do you get when you cross the sharp tongue of Anthony Bourdain with the dreamy food musings of Ruth Reichl? Ruth Bourdain, of course! The popular Twitter mash-up personality launched an etiquette column in CHOW this week, dishing out caustic, hilarious and at times useful bits of wisdom for food-related quandaries.
Pheasant feathers decorating the tabletop look so pretty, and perfectly suitable for the season. Take this table setting for instance - isn't it beautiful? But does something sit askew with you seeing bird feathers resting on a dinner napkin?
There was always a kiddie table growing up, and graduating to the grown-up table was considered quite a big deal. (And as the youngest in a large extended family, it was a very big deal.) Now that we’re the grown-ups in charge of seating arrangements, what do you think about the kids’ table?
There are all sorts of statistics out there about how sitting down to family dinners makes us happier, healthier, and even less likely to over-eat. Is this something you do in your house? Do you think it makes a difference?
Now she has a question from a reader who has an all-too-common problem: What is the best way to handle a drunk at a party? Note that is no college kegger — this was a baby shower. Read on for the full situation!