I rush to say that the pianist was an expert at food and menus inherited at her family home since her father was a wholesale grocer and her mother a scrupulous adherent to menus. At their table, food was always a stable topic of discussion and healthy cooking was a premium consideration. In her family they ate and conversed throughout the meal. Assuredly since eating and talking with decent intervals between chewing and swallowing for talking will minimize the risk of aspiration of food and the need for the Heimlich maneuver.
On the other hand in my family of origin we ate, and then we talked. It may ,in part. have been we were all boys so conversation gave way to eating. Once the plate was empty, we talked. This resulted in bolting our food but, by not talking, the epiglottis remained closed over the trachea and aspiration was highly unlikely. I never remember the Heimlich maneuver ever having to be done in my family.
The pianist and I are fork stabbers but i stab where the food lies and she gathers the food into the center before poking. Neither of us use the ergonomically unsound American way of pinning the meat down with the fork so iy won't fly off the plate, and cutting it and changing the fork to the knife hand to scoop up to the mouth.
If we eat soup or cereal she spoons away from herself and I spoon toward myself. I often end up with a spot of soup on my front and crumbs of cereal in my tablecloth.
She rotates around the plate eating in strict turn it seems one forkful of each of the four portions on the plate, whereas I eat the entire portion of each of the four one after the other. I suppose it matters little because they all mix up in the gut shortly thereafter.