I’ve been thinking about eating with my hands.
And I am thinking that there is something to touching your food that we humans kinda like.
When you stop to consider some of the most iconic and most popular foods, of our own culture, or any other culture for that matter–the hand-held meal reigns supreme in the “most beloved” category.
Hamburgers, hot dogs, samiches, corn on the cob, fish and chips, french fries, doughnuts, bagels, tacos, wraps and pizza. There are definitely some real money makers on this list.
Add to these hearty items all of the delectable dainties that are served at parties. Then square this number with all manner of brownies, cookies, and the trend du jour, the small but mighty cupcake.
One of my earliest memories is a song, “He’s Got the Whole World (In His Hands)”. I was about three, and was no doubt still eating a lot of food with my hands–maybe that’s why I remember it.
Madison Avenue used to burst forth with such ad slogans as “Melts in your mouth, and not in your hands, ” and of course, the now snickered at, “It takes two hands to handle a whopper” Burger King ad.
We like to be hands on with our food. I think we are hard wired to touch our food and that we enjoy food that we eat with our hands on an entirely different level than we do food that we convey to our mouths with a fork.