Category Archives: Politeness

Don’t Poison Your Guests: Tips for Hosts on Food Allergies, Intolerances and Sensitivities

Eggs, strawberries, wheat, nuts, fish, dairy–seems like everyone is allergic to something. What’s up with that and what’s a host to do? This illustrated guide explains the difference between intolerances and allergies and provides tips for cooking for guests with these conditions (and having them leave sated –and alive.) Continue reading

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A Dozen Deaf Foodies Savor Gourmet Ghetto Tasting Tour in ASL

In ASL, it’s no problem to “talk” when your mouth is full. Watch a short video produced for KQED Bay Area Bites where a dozen Deaf Foodies relish the tastes and history of Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto during a 3 hour tasting tour presented completely in American Sign Language (ASL) by food writer (and ASL interpreter) Anna Mindess through Edible Excursions Continue reading

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Food Speaks in Many Tongues – Edible Idioms in 17 Languages

Porridge Head! Sweetie-Pie. Adaptable Tomato. Every language uses descriptive food phrases as insults, endearments, warnings and advice. Here is a smorgasbord of food metaphors and idioms in 17 languages including French, ASL, Danish, Chinese, German, Spanish, Turkish, Hebrew, Italian and Arabic Continue reading

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A Cuppa’ Cultural Differences – Taking English Tea and Toast

Cultural rules about drinking tea and eating toast abound in class-conscious English culture. In the informative and engaging book, Watching the English, Kate Fox reveals how adding two spoons of sugar and stirring noisily clearly broadcast (lack of) social standing. Toast, toast racks, jam and spreading strategies are also dissected. Continue reading

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Eat with Your Hands for a Sensuous, Intimate, Mindful Meal

Eating with the hands is more than just a way to maneuver food to the mouth. It embodies cultural values including, a sensuous connection to the food, the feeling of sharing and community, practicality avoiding waste, even prolonging a delicious meal by enjoying the lingering aroma of it on the fingers. Many cultures, such as Indian, Arab and African have dined this way for thousands of years. In a video-clip, the writer receives a hands-on lesson in eating with the hands — Moroccan style.
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