Monday, March 28, 2016

How a Lady Eats a Hamburger


When a lady eats a hamburger, she first considers its size.  If it's quite small, as in the photo above, she eats it as is.  If it is larger, however, she first cuts the hamburger into more manageable halves, and if it is very big or has condiments that are likely to get messy, into fourths. Then, picking up one piece, she takes a bite about the size of a quarter (twenty-five cent piece) which can be neatly and comfortably chewed with her mouth closed.  If there are toppings that threaten to spill, a lady removes them with her fork to the side of her plate and then uses her fork and knife to eat them.

Although in very casual settings it is acceptable to put condiments directly onto a hamburger, in business or more formal surroundings, it is proper to first pour a small amount of the sauce on the edge of the plate and then spread it on the hamburger with a knife.  


Illustration: 1950s USA Eating Hamburgers by The Advertising Archives found on Fine Art America, 

5 comments:

  1. I've always found messy foods rather unpleasant to eat, and often avoided them in the past. Although I love reading and learning more about dining etiquette, I've never considered the proper etiquette for something as casual as a hamburger. So interesting!

    Also, I absolutely love your blog. Seeing a new post is the highlight of my day! Thank you so much.

    Tiffany

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    1. You are welcome, Tiffany! I'm so happy you found this interesting ... most etiquette books teach us which fork goes with the fish course, but leave us wondering how a lady handles fast food. Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment!

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  2. Hello,
    I just love your blog! As our society devolves into more casual behavior, I realize that my own social graces need a refresher course. Your lessons are perfect. Thanks for your elegant and inspiring posts!
    Lisa

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    1. Dear Lisa, you are very welcome! Your remarks are a great encouragement, thank you!

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  3. I do enjoy your site. . and posts, but here I have to offer a very different opinion. A hamburger is NOT a casual food - - not to the animal who gave its life for it. . . There are cannibals who would eat you- - and think of it as casual I expect. . . but you wouldn't think so would you, in that case. Realize that in a hamburger, or a fish, or in the chicken, etc. . . . you are eating death - - a corpse - - gore. When that becomes casual - - it isn't - - we're in trouble. Oh, we are in trouble! Look at the state of our world. . . . not just your own casual little world. .

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