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Food.

You know what you like.

Mmmm …

But do you know why, exactly, you’re drawn to certain dishes?

This sounds like a silly question, but there is a sort of science behind the appeal of a meal.

A harvest of interesting trivia, gathered by Amish furniture company Plain & Simple, explains how plating design, contrasting colors, and even the shapes of plates can make one’s dining experience more pleasurable.

For instance, are you more attracted to this dish …

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Or this one?

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The food components are pretty similar, but the first is somehow more appealing to me.

“The more presentable and visually-appealing [food] is, the better it tastes,” says the Plain & Simple post. “People favor bright-colored food that features lots of contrast. But too much color can be overwhelming—most people prefer three colors on their plate, distributed through three to four food components. Believe it or not, even the degree to which your plate is rotated affects how much you enjoy your food.”

How about this plate? Do the pale hues whet your appetite?

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According to Plain & Simple’s survey, “If you like your cheese salty, eat if off a knife—people rate cheese as tasting saltier when eaten off a knife rather than a toothpick, spoon, or fork.”

Of course, then there’s food art …

some of which is cuter (and more appetizing) …

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than others …

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Find out more fun “food appeal” facts at Better Dining Through Science.

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