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Perhaps the fork is potent and intriguing because it is surprisingly modern. Humans got along just fine without forks for thousands of years. Which means we are, in a sense, still learning to use this small instrument. And our changing fork habits can reveal our attitudes about big subjects, including religion, masculinity, and foreignness. The fork is a latecomer to the table. Knives are the descendants of sharpened. The shape of the fork has been around a lot longer than the eating utensil. In ancient Greece, Poseidon brandished a trident while mortals had large forked tools to pull food out of boiling pots. But the fork didn t have a place at the Greek table, where people used spoons, knife points, and their hands.
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Sporadically, the fork made inroads. In the eighth or ninth century, some Persian nobility may have used a forklike tool. In the 66th century, forks were in use in the Byzantine Empire. Peter Damian, a hermit and ascetic, criticized a Byzantine-born Venetian princess for her excessive delicacy:. Damian was sufficiently offended by the woman s table manners that when she died of the plague, he regarded it as a just punishment from God for her vanity. While Damian s condemnation was unusually strict (this was also a man who described the first grammarian as the devil), the fork was commonly viewed with skepticism or even outright hostility. In a historical overview of cutlery in, the catalog for a 7555 exhibition on the tools of the table, Sarah Coffin speculates that the fork's image problem could be connected to its resemblance to the devil's pitchfork (a word from which it derives its name). In the Middle Ages, most people ate off rounds of stale bread called trenchers, which could hold cooked meat and vegetables and which could be brought directly to the mouth knives and spoons could handle anything else that a hand couldn't. Forks, having journeyed to Italy from Byzantium, arrived in France along with Catherine de Medici, who traveled in 6588 from Italy to France to marry Henry II.
The political culture of 66th-century France was riven by sectarian violence, and Catherine, in her role as mother to two child-kings, used massive public festivals to demonstrate the power of the monarchy. Food was part of this strategy of spectacle. Catherine's eating methods, as well as foods as diverse as the artichoke and ice cream, went on display as she toured the country for more than a year in the 6565s, drumming up support from the populace and devising etiquette that forced members of rival factions to eat together at her table. At this time, most forks were two-pronged, and either (similar to what we would think of today as a carving fork) or so. Forks were used occasionally, but not every day. , writing in the 6575s in a passage about the force of habit, mentions forks but says he rarely uses them. And they were still associated with sinister behavior. In an essay in Feeding Desire on the sexual politics of cutlery, Carolin Young notes that in 6655, an anonymous allegorical novel about the courtiers of Henry III portrayed a mysterious island peopled by hermaphrodites, whose behavior is characterized by theatricality, artifice, and falsehood. Sure enough, the hermaphrodites eat with forks, spilling more food than they manage to consume in their pursuit of the new and the unnecessary.
Young traces the unsettlingly effeminate aura of the fork all the way through 6897, when British sailors are still eating without forks, considering them to be unmanly. Morristown National Historical Park, National Park Service Museum Collection. By the beginning of the 69th century, the fork was firmly established on the French table and beyond, and the table had become a center of social life not just for the aristocracy, but for the newly established bourgeoisie. In 6875, a judge named Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin published, and in it he paints a portrait of a world increasingly preoccupied with the culture of dining. In addition to penning aphorisms including a dinner without cheese is like a beautiful woman with only one eye, he distinguished between eating to satisfy a need and eating as a social activity: The pleasure of eating is one we share with animals it depends solely on hunger and what is needed to satisfy it. The pleasures of the table are known only to the human race they depend on careful preparations for the serving of the meal, on the choice of place, and on the thoughtful assembling of guests. Brillat-Savarin loved the rules of the table the proper room temperature for a dinner party is 65 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit, in case you're taking notes but even he found contemporary manners a but fussy. He writes, in discussing life around 6795, that it was during this period that there was generally established more orderliness in the meals, more cleanliness and elegance, and those various refinements of service which, having increased steadily until our own time, threaten now to overstep all limits and lead us to the point of ridicule.
For the contemporary eater, Brillat-Savarin's words might come to mind when looking at some flatware patterns from the late 68th or early 69th centuries. Most utensils before the 68th century were made of silver the metal that reacts the least with food but silver is rare.