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A typical family dinner at a restaurant in the United States starts with a salad. That’s followed by a slab of meat, or a heavy pasta dish, or maybe a filet of fish. There’s also the parade of sides: mashed potatoes, veggies, rice. Maybe, at the end, there’s dessert. I have a theory why so many Americans are obsessed with eating dinner in these stages, as though the meal were a ballet that can only take place in separate acts: It must all go back to the way we ate as kids.