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Lesson 9 from: Manners @ The Table: A Modern Guide to Dining Etiquette

Daniel Post Senning

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9. Bread

Lesson Info


Oftentimes the first food to arrive at the table is bread. So how do you eat that bread? Well, first, you're gonna take a piece of bread and get it onto your bread plate. Now, if it's a role or pre sliced bread, this is relatively easy to do. What if it's one of those partially sliced loaves? Well, usually they're presented with a napkin underneath. You're gonna place that napkin over the part of the bread that you're going to be touching so that you don't get your hand on the food that other people are going to eat. Then you'll tear off the piece that you're gonna eat. Put that on your bread plate. This is also a good reminder that there's a basket of rules. You're not gonna touch any bread that you're not gonna take yourself effect any time. It's a communal serving dish. You just want to serve yourself what you're going to eat and not touch or mess with the food that you're not going to be eating. So once you've got that piece of bread or that role on your bread plate, how do you pro...

ceed? Well, you don't want a slather butter on that piece of bread and then tear off pieces with your teeth. The idea here is that you're gonna break off bite size pieces and butter those bite sized pieces because you're gonna be repeating the process of buttering the bread again and again. It's a really good idea to take a pat of butter or some butter out of the communal butter dish and place it on your bread plate so you break off that bite sized piece of bread. Butter it to eat that piece breaking butter breaking butter. Repeat this process for as long as you want. Enjoy.

Ratings and Reviews

Michael Friesen

Daniel's course provides an excellent overview of the essentials of dining etiquette. The content is contemporary and reflects the more relaxed atmosphere that prevails in most dining situations today. I would definitely recommend this course to a friend looking to review the basics of dining etiquette.

Leela Biswas

Great, short class! It covers the basic strokes of table manners. I’d have liked to see more coverage of fork usage, especially with tricky foods like feathery salad greens and rice.

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