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Watch Your Mouth: Eat Lightly and Carry a Big Fork How Big Forks and Heavy Bowls Help You Eat Less

Bigger forks and heavier bowls might sound supersized, but they could actually cut down on portion sizes.

Between the opening nights of All About Eve and Mean Girls, an average moviegoer’s portion of popcorn increased sevenfold. Starbucks' gut-busting Trenta is more than double the size of its original tall paper cup. The surface area of an average dinner plate is as much as 36 percent larger than it was in 1960. Even some recipes in the most recent edition of The Joy of Cooking, the staple of middle-class kitchens everywhere, expanded 42 percent from their 1931 versions.

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Food for Thinkers: Dancing at the Dinner Table and Fighting in the Streets

Architecture and urbanism blog Deconcrete examines how our place settings turn dining into free jazz or classical ballet.


In two back-to-back Food for Thinkers posts, architecture and urbanism blog Deconcrete explores how food shapes the way we act in space. In "Food as Eating Choreography" blogger Daniel Fernández Pascual imagines the dining table as a stage or playing field, upon which the diners' relationships with each other and their food are predefined by a culturally particular arrangement of dishes and utensils into place settings:

It is mostly remarkable between Western and Asian cultures; if the former pleads for a hierarchical untouchable order, the latter prefers a higher degree of spontaneity and unplannedness. The fact of using generic chopsticks instead of specific tools for each meal is directly translated into how guests relate themselves to space through their eating choreography. One dish surrounded by dozens of additional cutlery pieces vs. dozens of dishes surrounding a pair of chopsticks.

In Korea, a meal consists of dozens of atomized courses scattered all along the table, letting each guest choose the actual order, rhythm, and combinations of the meal. Sweet, cold, calm, sour, Kimchi, warm, roasting, Kimchi, cold, chilling, faster, tea, sweet… Every item—and every rest—plays the main character on stage. In the same line, Chinese table setting introduces a new component. Courses are decomposed in fewer dishes and are laid on a revolving surface, which guests decide when—and how fast—to turn around to pick the desired piece for their following bite.

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