We were especially intrigued by an article on Western versus Eastern styles of eating, which examines the utensils, plating style and progression of meals to explain how eaters act within the dining space. Asian-style eating, the writer contends, leads to more spontaneous meals:
The fact of using generic chopsticks instead of specific tools for each meal is directly translated into how guests relate themselves to space through their eating choreography. One dish surrounded by dozens of additional cutlery pieces vs. dozens of dishes surrounding a pair of chopsticks.
Although the week-long series is over, we'll be thinking about these articles for a long time to come.
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