Cook's Confession: I Can't Use Chopsticks

It's not that I can't use chopsticks, exactly. It's just not very pretty when I do. No amount of practice, step-by-step tutorials, or helpful demonstrations from friends has improved my ability to snag bits of food and carry them efficiently to my mouth. Please tell me I'm not alone.

But I keep trying. And that's the whole point, really.

I gaze enviously at the couple one table over who gracefully use chopsticks as if they were an extension of their limbs. And then I pick up my chopsticks, resolutely bend my fingers into the requisite position, and try one more time to pick up that stubborn piece of tofu.

I may never use chopsticks like someone who grew up with them. But I can dream.

How are your own chopstick skills? What helped you learn how to use them?

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