There are some advantages to square plates. The task of chasing those last few
peas around the platter, for example, is made considerably easier when the
blighters can be safely trapped in a corner. But leguminous entrapment
aside, it is hard to make a case that they are a significant aesthetic
advancement upon the round pieces of chinaware that have served us so well
for so long.
That, certainly, is the view of William Sitwell, the food writer, who is
positively vituperative towards square plates – or any serving platter that
contains a right angle. “A square plate is at odds with nature,” he insists,
noting that none of the natural world’s delights comes with 90-degree
corners. But if one is unlucky enough to have them lurking in the crockery
cupboard, what to do? Cutting off the edges with a hacksaw would, we fear,
make a bad situation worse.
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