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Jun 27, 2013 07:08 AM

The cruelest cut of all. Is your cutlery just toying with you?

I understand the bone spoons for caviar. I tolerated an ex's need for specific types of glasses for beer. I didn't complain about the beloved Bill H.'s love of elegant stems for wine.

And this is what I get. Apparently my fork and knife (and no doubt my spoon.... tricksy jerk) is trying to play with my mind when it comes to food.

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  1. For me, beer in a bottle works fine, if a glass of any shape or form is not available. For a good wine, I'm with Bill, Reidel please!! For utensils, I do have hands in case a basic fork, knife and spoon are missing.

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    1. re: treb

      What if they do a study and find out that different hands make different foods taste... well different. I would be willing to take part in that experiment if Gordon Ramsay and Nigella Lawson would hand feed me.

      1. re: Firegoat

        Well, it's said that we do eat with our eyes first, supposed that goes for the place settings et al also. Interesting about the cheese study, although I believe cheeses at room temp do taste much better, not sure the delivery tool would make a difference. Same for the utensil weight. As for hands, hmmmm..... not sure I'd get into that!

    2. I think there's been a fair bit of research on this.
      I caught a programme last year on the excellent BBC Radio 4 Food Programme last year on how different untensils change taste. Link below if you're interested.

      1. well, it's a drink, not food, but I can attest that a glass of sauvignon blanc tastes way different out of a plastic cup vs. a Riedel glass.

        Don't judge - sometimes babies who need naps need to be walked around the block by mamas who need happy hour. Fact. Just sayin...

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        1. re: ItalGreyHound

          LOL! When my kids were the napping age. I lived on a street with a cul-de-sac. Every Friday evening, some mama would pour the wine, and we'd stroll around in circles, plastic cups in hand, sipping, chatting, and pushing our little ones until they fell asleep.

          And yes, I agree with you that SB tastes different in a plastic cup, but not necessarily worse, when the need for it is so great!

          1. re: Isolda

            Hehehe...nope, not worse, just different. Knew I couldn't be the only one out there in CH land. Love it!

        2. I agree that flatware, plates and glasses affect the enjoyment of food. Interesting how in depth this article is. Would not have thought the utensil would influence the perceived saltiness of something.

          A fairly new to us restaurant has quite odd, to me, flatware. It is about 1/2 to 3/4ths normal size depending on the piece.

          1. There is one friend's house I go to who I can't stand to eat off her spoons. It is just something about the way the bowl is that makes me gag. Weird..