While in the US, we invited a Nigerian colleague to supper at home; she was delighted - she found the US custom of entertaining in restaurants quite alien and inhospitable.
In Chinese Food, Kenneth Lo writes that '. . .eating became a major pastime . . .I have yet to see a Chinese lady who does not present her culinary creations beaming with pride and her face wreathed in smiles - completely confident of her guests' appreciation'.
So much for the notion of the 'dinner party' as a bourgeois British creation.
Finally, I can produce a splendid meal at a cost per capita less than the price of a Big Mac, fries, apple pie and coffee - and the seats are more comfortable]
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