Veteran hosts and hostesses know that the perfect meal relies only partially on the food, and the rest on a few key non-edible factors.
And now they have science to back up this theory.
According to Charles Spence, author of The Perfect Meal: The Multisensory Science of Food and Dining, everything from the heft of your silverware to the level of light can have an effect on your meal.
One of our favorite revelations from the post is that an artistic "plating" like the salad designed to resemble the Kandinsky painting above will make diners enjoy their meal more.
So maybe it's time to perfect your artfully disheveled salad technique.
→ Read more: Food Psychology: How To Trick Your Palate Into A Tastier Meal from NPR