Facts and History of Eating Utensils

OK, wow! We have to call out the amazing website EatingUtensils.net! We stumbled across this site that has the most comprehensive collection of cutlery history.

They have knife facts, spoon facts, fork facts, chopstick facts, toothpicks, drinking straws….you name it and they have it.

This incredible site is a one stop shop of all things flatware. If you came here looking for info for your school paper on cutlery, go there!


Alice in Wonderland Dessert Pastry Forks or Spoons

Alice in Wonderland Dessert Pastry Forks

These are the mostly lovely forks for a Tea Party. Or spoons!

This set of 4 Alice in Wonderland pastry forks or set of spoons feature the Queen of Hearts and the White Rabbit on porcelain handles.

They depict the Alice in Wonderland card game based on Sir John Tenniel’s illustrations.

‘We’re all mad here’ can be found on the handles in a beautiful script.
Made with high-quality, rust-proof stainless steel.

Fork cutlery set includes four 15.5 cm / 6” forks. Spoon set includes four 15.5 cm / 6” spoons.

Both are presented in their own luxury gift box, with further printed illustrations and a ‘Pull Me’ ribbon tag.

Alice in Wonderland Dessert/Pastry Forks from Amazon

Alice in Wonderland Teaspoons from Amazon

The Fork was once considered immoral, unhygienic and a tool of the Devil.

Forks Illustration by Alice Pattullo

That got your attention didn’t it? Evil cutlery?

Our friends at SmithsonianMag.com have published an amazing article that provides some amazing facts about regular household objects. Including a great bit on forks. And I quote:

In fact, the word “fork” is derived from the Latin furca, which means pitchfork. The first dining forks were used by the ruling class in the Middle East and the Byzantine Empire. In 1004, Maria Argyropoulina, niece of the Byzantine emperors Basil II and Constantine VIII, was married to the son of the Doge of Venice. She brought with her a little case of two-pronged golden forks, which she used at her wedding feast. The Venetians were shocked, and when Maria died three years later of the plague, Saint Peter Damian proclaimed it was God’s punishment. And with that, Saint Peter Damian closed the book on the fork in Europe for the next four hundred years.

Head over and check out the article at SmithsonianMag.com

Looking for a good Fork?

Good Grips Nylon Fork from OXO

That got your attention didn’t it. Yes, this is the good fork you are looking for. We all love Jon Favreau’s carving fork from Chef but it’s metal and doesn’t play nice with teflon and other non-stick pans.

The Good Grips Nylon Fork from OXO is just the thing. This is the cutlery we were looking for. The nylon fork is safe for non-stick cookware and heat resistant to 400°F. And of course it’s dishwasher safe. But wait, there’s more, it’s 13 inches long!

Want to be able to poke, prod, turn and flip your various meat products without scratching your precious non-stick pan? This is the fork for you. It’s a good fork.

OXO Good Grips Nylon Fork from Amazon