History of Eating Utensils
The Anthropology Department at the
California Academy of Sciences houses the Rietz Food Technology Collection.
Use of kitchen forks can be traced
back to the time of the Greeks.
Knives have been used as weapons,
tools, and eating utensils since prehistoric times. However, it is only
in fairly recent times that knives have been designed specifically for
Spoons have been used as eating
utensils since Paleolithic times.
Chopsticks were developed about
5,000 years ago in China.
Because people must eat no matter
where they are, there has long been a need for portable eating utensils.
Half spoon and half fork.
Short History of the Wooden Plate
It has been suggested that these
wooden trenchers gradually evolved into plates by first having a hollow
turned in them and then the square profile being removed to leave the plate
as we know it.
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After its importance as food, the
most useful role bread played at table was as a plate, or trencher. A trencher
could be made of many different materials, earthenware, wood, or metal,
but well into the sixteenth century it was often made of bread.
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