“Taste starts at the fingers!”
Nasir al-Din Shah (r. 1848-1896) to his physician, Austrian Jakob Polak, on why he didn’t understand how one could eat with cutlery.
He was the first Iranian king to use a fork.
Houchang Chehabi, “The Westernization of Iranian Culinary Culture,” Iranian Studies 36, no. 1 (2003) 49.