An Edge in the Kitchen: The Ultimate Guide to Kitchen Knives by Chad Ward

By Chad Ward

Why are so much folks so woefully uninformed approximately our kitchen knives? we're intimidated via our knives once they are sharp, pissed off by means of them once they are uninteresting, and quietly ashamed that we do not understand how to exploit them with any competence. For a species that has been utilizing knives for almost so long as we have now been jogging upright, that is a major challenge. An side within the Kitchen is the answer, an clever and pleasant debunking of the mysteries of kitchen knives as soon as and for all. in case you can stack blocks, you could minimize restaurant-quality diced greens. should you can fold a paper plane, you could sharpen your knives larger than many pros.

Veteran cook dinner Chad Ward presents an in-depth advisor to an important device within the kitchen, together with the way to opt for the simplest kitchen knives budget friendly, sensible tutorials on knife talents, a step by step part on polishing, and more——all illustrated with appealing pictures all through. alongside how you will observe what a cow sword is, and why you may want one; why cooks are forsaking their heavy knives in droves; and why the Pinch and the Claw, unusual as they could sound, are in truth how to make precision vegetable cuts with velocity and elegance.

An aspect within the Kitchen is the single and purely consultant to an important device within the kitchen.

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A mango slicer? Who knew there was such a thing? This must be a great set of knives. Thus you are seduced. And like all victims of seduction, you know that not all is as it seems, but you don’t care. You buy the big block of knives. It’s a steal! You got nine knives, some kitchen shears, and a sharpening steel for the same price as just two knives down at the high-rent end of the store display. Thus begins a cycle of frustration and recrimination that will still leave you using just three knives.

We’ve put a dune buggy on Mars, yet many knife skills teachers are still clinging to fourteenth-century technology and beliefs. The advances in knife steels, knife production, sharpening methods (based on actual science and experience—what a concept), and kitchen gear make the “common knowledge” about kitchen knives look like medieval dentistry. There are several myths about knives that you’ll find in nearly every weekend knife skills class, magazine article, and online resource. I’m sure you’ve heard them by now: You need an array of knives to deal with all of the jobs in the kitchen.

I cooked a lot. I got better. A lot of reading and a lot of practice enabled me to sharpen my knives with a reasonable degree of skill. I could prepare a complex meal for guests without major blood loss. But I wanted more. I wanted to learn to use my knives like a pro. I’m a writer by trade. I read a lot. I research. In between articles and assignments I tried to find some resource—short of a culinary degree—that would help me learn the skills I was looking for. There isn’t much out there. The really scary realization is that once you start digging into the history, anthropology, physics, metallurgy, design, and manufacture of kitchen knives, you come to the startling yet inevitable conclusion that the vast majority of what we are taught about our knives (even in the most prestigious culinary schools) is either outdated or simply wrong.

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