A Recipe for Disaster
If you're trying to impress someone, avoid tricky situations like French onion soup, lobster, and spaghetti. In a casual social situation, certain foods—asparagus, shrimp cocktail with the tail on, french fries, fried chicken, ribs—may be eaten with your fingers. If asparagus comes as a side dish, however, cut it with a knife. When eating ribs, get what you can off the bone, but stop short of gnawing.