News Archive 2009-2018

Why We Live the Way We Do (The Guardian) Archives

There’s a reason why forks have four tines and why we use salt and pepper, although why that thing in the center of the dining room table is called an “epergne” is anyone’s guess. All of this, and more, is covered in a new book by Bill Bryson who has been exploring his home to figure out why we live the way we do.