i never really understood wnating to talk while eating. i know people all over the earth do this and seem to enjoy it, but when i am eating i am eating - when i am talking i am talking, i have done both at the time many times but my mom yelled at me for it and my wife does not like it either. she says it looks bad. i think it looks like someone eating food.
Some of the best meals in our lives are not comprised of great food but of great company.
my kids are fine with it though... ;D