The History of Eating Utensils

540 WordsFeb 26, 20182 Pages
When you sit down at your dinner table do you ever wonder about the fork, knife, and spoon? The history of eating utensils goes way back to the first human-beings when they started eating with their fingers but over time their eating methods were refined and they started to use spoons, knifes, and forks. Many people were hesitant to make the switch to eating utensils like the English. In the medieval-times people used their fingers but as time passed they started to use forks. “As the diners enter the hall, they stop by the side table to wash their hands at the basin… it is done in public so that everyone will know his or her neighbors' fingers are clean when they reach into a bowl for food” (Giblin 15). Only refined people ate with their 3 fingers no more or less was considered uncultured. The word fork comes from the Latin word “furca” and the Old English word “forca,” (Bohannon 30.) The origin of the fork mostly points to the ancient Greeks in Greece. Forks were big and two pronged for the carving of meat, according to The History of Eating Utensils. An Englishman named Thomas Coryate brought the first fork to England from Italy, when he stared to show people they ridiculed him and his forks. Forks were brought from Italy to France when Catherine de Medicis married the future King Henry II. The French were hesitant to use the forks, according to The History of Eating Utensils. Eventually times changed and people transitioned into forks and other eating utensils like
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