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Utensil Etiquette: American vs. European

What's Your Preferred Utensil Etiquette?

In her latest Table Manners column for Chow, food and drink advice writer Helena Echlin addresses the rift between European- and American-style utensil etiquette. In the States, it's common to cut with the fork in the left hand and the knife in the right, then switch cutlery while eating. But on the other side of the pond, the "zigzag" method, as Emily Post once called it, isn't well-regarded; instead, it's de rigueur for the knife to never leave the right hand. How do you cut into a good steak?

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Mavs2980 Mavs2980 7 years
American style. I'm right handed, so it would be strange to use my fork in my left hand. So I use my fork in my right hand, but switch it to my left hand when I use a knife. Then switch back to eat.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I ditto exactly what Amber said.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I do it American-style as well. When I was in Europe on vacation, I tried to hold my fork in my left hand the entire time, but it was just too awkward for me.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
I'm Amberdextrous! Both my parents are left handed and my German boyfriend (which was many moons ago) noted on our first date that I ate like a European, so I guess it just happened that way in my life - and I like it cause I can shovel all the more quicker to my piehole. :) Not that you care, but I tie my shoes like a left hander would also - yeah I write right handed. So now you know the facts of my life, useless as they are!
Spiderlove Spiderlove 7 years
While I dont eat meat now, when I did, (or even if its just something that requires cutting), I have always used the European method. My kids do too. :)
limelindsey limelindsey 7 years
I go American-style. I am so NOT ambidextrous, it's funny. Trying to eat with my left hand just doesn't go very well at all. Maybe I should practice.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 7 years
I do like bluebellknoll :)
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 7 years
American-style. That's what my momma taught me. However, I cut a few pieces of meat at a time (which supposedly is a no-no) because switching back and forth to cut each piece can get bothersome esp. if I'm starving! ;)
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 7 years
Same here. I'm left-handed, so I never have to worry about zigging and zagging. ;-)
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 7 years
I'm left-handed, so my fork is always in my left hand and my knife (when needed) is always in my right.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 7 years
amber512 amber512 7 years
I don't eat meat, so I keep my fork in my right hand the entire time. Even if I did have to cut something, I'd cut with my left and eat with my right.
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