Should Food Always Be Served On A White Plate?

White plates are the conventional restaurant choice thanks to the belief that most food is best shown off against the blank canvas of a white plate. This coconut cake from London's Books for Cooks looks pretty with a puddle of cream on a snow-white plate. But is white always the best choice for serving food?...

Japanese restaurants often serve sushi on black platters and ice cream or fruit can look striking against the backdrop of a black bowl. Colored bowls are appealing, but do they compliment the colors in a dish or fight with them? Decorative patterned plates are fun to look at, but do they compete with the food?

What color are your dishes?

- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from Paris. She can be reached at kristin @ apartmenttherapy . com