Can Dishes Change your Dining Experience?

In her fascinating article on NPR, Maria Godoy discusses how we can change the perception of food tastes by changing plates and cutlery.

There have been studies that show:

– People perceive food as more enjoyable when eaten off heavier plates and heavier cutlery
– Round plate emphasizes sweetness while angular plates tend to bring out bitterness
– People tend to eat less when their dishes are in sharp color-contrast to their food
– Cheeses are rated as saltier when eaten off a knife compared to a toothpick, spoon or fork

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It’s interesting to relate these findings to the dining experience. When you imagine ordering a dark chocolate dessert, does the server bring it on a square plate in your mind’s eye?

One practical takeaway from this article is that one might eat less when their dishes are in color contrast to the food. Perhaps this tidbit of info could be added to a dieting strategy to cover all your bases. It does beg the question, how many different sets plates would one have to collect?

The most burning question of all would be how to get your guests to start eating cheese from a knife? Do Skewers count? Here’s a recipe for Vegetable Skewers with Saint Albray.

Check out the full NPR article here:

 

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