What You Never Knew About Fingers, Forks and Chopsticks by Patricia Lauber
(Around-The-House History)

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Stone Age people invented the first knives...and also the first spoons.In the Middle Ages the first books of manners told readers to wipe their greasy fingers on the tablecloth. And in 1669 King Louis XIV ordered that table knives should have rounded ends because there'd been too many stabbings.In "What You Never Knew About Fingers, Forks, & Chopsticks, " Patricia Lauber and John Manders serve up a hilarious and informative look at how ways of eating and manners have changed through the ages. This well-researched tour of social history makes the subject of how we eat more fascinating and fun than you ever imagined it could be.
 

About Patricia Lauber

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Patricia Lauber is the author of the Around-the-House series and more than 125 other books for young people. Her Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of St. Helens was a Newbery Honor Book. She lives with her husband and two cats, Beemer and MeToo, in New Canaan, Connecticut. John Manders uses an old master's technique of layering colored glazes over a monochromatic underpainting and does extensive research for many of his projects. He and his wife, Lisa, live with two dogs and a parrot in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
 
Published January 1, 1999 by Cengage. 40 pages
Genres: History, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After a speculative glance into prehistory, she traces the development of public and private baths from the Indus River Valley to the early 20th century, focusing largely on Europe but pausing to mention early steam baths in the Americas, along with certain Muslim and Hindu practices.

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Starting with the Stone Age, which took finger food to extremes until rudimentary knives were born, Lauber (Painters of the Caves, 1998, etc.) travels through the metallic ages (copper, bronze, iron), Middle Ages, Renaissance, and modern times, laying out the evolution of knife, fork, and spoon, ...

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Lauber (Painters of the Caves) chronicles the development of eating implements and dining habits in this entertaining book.

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Lauber chronicles the development of eating implements and dining habits in this "amusing, enlightening and child-pleasingly yucky book [that] gives kids a rich sense of history, as well as a new perspective on their p's and q's," said PW.

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