In an early part of the book Foucachon tells a couple of anecdotes to emphasize the different mindsets that Americans and the French have when it comes to food. Both stories revolved around eating in the workplace.
Foucachon makes the point that deliberateness and thoughtfulness at mealtime (or, given American workday habits, ingestion time) is spiritually salutary, and that haste in one's meal will make for waste in one's spirit.
Which is something I wholeheartedly agree with, but will not defend here. Instead, I want to assume it and move on to explore one particular aspect of this American attitude. It makes me sad to think that this is a thing, but it's a thing, and a thing I've experienced. See video below, mes amis.
Before watching the video, ask yourself this question: how willing are you to be seen eating by the CEO of your company? by your boss? by your colleagues? And why is that so?