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Lefthanders, how do you eat?

After reading a couple of threads comparing American and European eating styles, it occurred to me to inquire how my fellow lefthanders manage. When I am in the kitchen preparing the meal, the chef's knife or kitchen gadget is in my left hand, but when I sit down to the table, I hold my fork in my left hand and my knife in my right. No switcheroo for me, unlike the typical righthanded American. Do any CH lefties switch?

Ah ha! Just found that this topic is an old one. I'm going to read the old thread.

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  1. I was just going to mention that I raised the topic about six months ago and we had a LONG discussion about it. :) Opinion (and eating styles) are divided...

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    1. Knife in left, fork in right. No switching!

      1. eating, fork in left, knife in right.
        prepping food, knife in left hand.

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                    1. re: Maximilien

                      Me too. Really don't feel comfortable with a fork in my right hand.

                      1. Gee, I really had to think about this one, hahaha. Most times, I cut everything up ahead of time, except steak. And I use my left hand for cutting and then when everything is all cut up, I put my fork into my left hand and start to eat.

                        It's funny (odd), that left handed people have adapted so well, to the right handed world. Because it's really not about "handedness", more about "mirror image".


                        1. I use my left hand exclusively in the kitchen, and I do switch hands when eating (I cut the steak with my left hand, then switch the fork to my left hand to eat). My father, a fellow lefty, did the same thing.

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                          1. re: BlackSox

                            I do this as well. I've been attempting to retrain myself to eat in the European manner, as it is largely becoming de riguer and may soon become "proper," but I admit to hating it.

                          2. Guess I really am strange! Lefty here--while eating, fork in left, knife in right--no switching. When prepping in kichen--holding steady with left, cutting with right; Scissors in left; Tongs, fork, spook in left.

                            1. When I was about six years old and first learning to cut my own meat during dinner, I had trouble, and my mother chastised me for being left-handed. She insisted I use the knife in my right hand, so that's what I learned to do. Later, I realized that most table knives are beveled or serrated in such a way that they work better in the right hand.

                              When I cook, I unfailingly use my left hand for my chef's knife, which of course has a perfectly straight blade.

                              When I am choosing a seat at a restaurant or other table that might put me right next to a right-handed diner, I try to get a seat to his or her left, on the end, so as to not be bumping elbows.

                              1. In the kitchen, knife in right hand. At the table, fork in right hand, knife in left, no switching.

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                                1. re: ricepad

                                  I'm right-handed.

                                  In kitchen, knife in right hand.

                                  Eating, knife in right hand, fork in left hand. No knife, fork/spoon in right hand.

                                2. like a lot of people, kitchen knife in left but eating fork in left, knife in right. But if someone lays the table with the cutlery round the wrong way (usually me, since I don't actually know my left from right), I simply don't notice... so quite often in casual places where they hand you the cutlery wrapped in a napkin, I end up eating the wrong way round...

                                  But swapping cutlery from one hand to another simply wasn't even thought of in my childhood (in NZ) - had someone done that we would've thought them uncouth!
                                  The one thing I can't do with my right hand is butter my bread. So I swap for that and get told off my my mother for my awful table manners!

                                  1. My mother & brother both hold the fork in the left hand. My wife does too. I was forced by an accident to become right handed but I'm mostly ambidextrous and hold the fork in either hand.

                                    1. My brother was a leftie but was raised in an age when some people thought there was something wrong about it, so Mom pretty much forced him to eat with his right.

                                      In my 30s and 40s I started holding my fork with my left hand, even though I am pretty much a rightie. It just felt right(ah correct I suppose) to hold my fork in my left hand like a leftie. Made the whole eating experience more enjoyable somehow.
                                      Except for spaghetti which I never got the hang of with my left hand.

                                      This was just after I had a carpal tunnel operation on my right hand and discovered how useful my left hand really was. :-)

                                      And I still find watching someone holding the fork in their left hand to be somehow more...magical or graceful. Like they haver a secret that I don't know about.
                                      I know; it's weird. But I'm okay with weird.

                                      1. Weird! Never thought about this before. When eating, I have fork in my left hand but also use the knife with my left and also knife in left and when I cook. I guess I switch! But, I cut with scissors in my right hand.

                                        1. Right-handed, but I cook right and eat left -- knife in right, fork in left, no changes(Europe)

                                          1. I am a leftie. I eat with the fork in my left hand, knife int he right...never switch. The fork tines are "down" for cutting and eating meats-with my finger on the back of the fork. When eating veg or carbs, the fork is held with the tines "up" and knife is placed on the side rim of the plate when not in use.

                                            My old english grandfather would be proud :).