Why does something so primal as eating have to be so darned complicated? Well, it really can be. Sometimes it’s a function of silly old etiquette rules (although these legit dinner party etiquette rules are guaranteed to ingratiate you to your hosts) or it’s nothing more than a lapse in common sense that created such unworkable customs as peeling your banana from the stem or sticking your fingers into pomegranates to get the seeds out (here’s the right way to cut and serve pomegranates). Whatever the cause, we’ve got all the hacks you need right here.
If you think about it, the way most of us eat soup is just a recipe for dribbles. The proper way to do it is to place the spoon in the bowl at the far side of the bowl with the bowl of the spoon facing you, scoop the spoon toward you, bring it to your mouth and sip (not slurp). If the soup is served in a cup with handles, you may bring it to your lips like a two-handled tea-cup. Give this a try with one of these classic recipes.