Table Manners: Do You Eat Fast or Slow?

Table Manners: Do You Eat Fast or Slow?

Emma Christensen
Aug 4, 2009

Take the guests at any dinner party and we guarantee that half the table will have wiped their plates clean while the other half is still leisurely munching. This might be annoying to those of us who would love to, say, move on to dessert, but really we think people should just be allowed to eat at their own pace! Are you a fast eater or a slow eater?

In conversations with people on this subject, we've found that the pace of eating often goes back to our childhoods. We take our cues from how our parents eat, or in some cases, from how quickly an older sibling might snag the last scoop of something yummy!

Personally, I've also noticed that I've become a faster eater as I've gotten older and as I've become more of a foodie. I always want to taste a little of everything, and then taste again, and then I find myself finished before I realize it! I try to slow down and savor each bite, but I'm still often done before my dining companions.

What about you? Where do you think you learned your eating habits?

Related: Table Manners: "FHB on the Pie"

(Image: Emma Christensen for the Kitchn)

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