What kind of table manners did you learn growing up?
What were you taught to do with your hands at the table? What hands/implements do you use to eat with? What about burping, is that not a problem or to be avoided at all costs? Anything else I’m forgetting?
Have you stuck with these habits, or taken up new ones?
I get confused about table manners all the time because I was taught two different sets growing up:
-what I think of as WASPy American table manners (knife in right hand, fork in left hand, switch fork to right hand after cutting a bite; hands in lap while unoccupied; excuse yourself if you burp but it’s better not to at all);
-and also Indian table manners (no such thing as a knife, eat with your right hand or a spoon and/or fork, your left arm stays on the table because you don’t use that to eat, burping is cool, haha).
So now, the table manners I employ depends on who I’m eating with, what I’m eating, and even sometimes what restaurant I’m in. And I’m not even going to begin to describe how confusing it is for me to eat at an Indian restaurant in France…