Serving up knowledge

The kitchen is about universal human needs. A few facts from around the world.

Dim Sum, Swabian and 
Italian ravioli

The filled dough pockets make their appearance in some 40 different parts of the world — more or less independently from each other. The reason that they have become such a success probably stems from the fact that the pasta case elegantly solves a universal problem for cooks: what do you do with the leftovers?


3000 ...

... years is how long chopsticks have been used. Around 1.2 billion people eat with these slender pieces of wood. You have to coordinate 30 muscles to skilfully use this eating utensil.


900.000.000 ...

... people eat with a knife and fork, and that isn’t solely in the western world. Cutlery is standard in Thailand and Indonesia too. Some 4 billion people eat with their hands, although they often do so in accordance with very strict table manners.


Serving up knowledge

Sociologist Norbert Elias puts the fact that Europeans began to eat with a knife and fork down to a change in approach toward manners and mores in the 18th century. It was a time when it became embarrassing for people to get their hands dirty while eating. So they cut up their food with a knife and used a fork to put it in their mouths. In China, by contrast, a knife on the table was regarded as barbaric.

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