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Old 12-07-2008, 12:03 PM   #1
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Improving my knife skills

My family keeps asking what I want for Christmas. What I'd like is to improve my knife skills. Can someone suggest books or videos that I could pickup?

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Old 12-07-2008, 02:56 PM   #2
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Some lessons from a good culinary school will help more than a book will.

The proper rotary motion and claw grip feel very unnatural if you've been doing things the wrong way all your life.
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Old 12-07-2008, 04:24 PM   #3
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Check with the local culinary schools. Some of them may offer one day classes on knife skills.
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Old 12-08-2008, 10:06 AM   #4
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My family keeps asking what I want for Christmas. What I'd like is to improve my knife skills. Can someone suggest books or videos that I could pickup?
Chad Ward - "An Edge In The Kitchen". This is the best book I've seen. It is kitchen knife specific and is loaded not only with a skills section. It covers everything you need to know about the selection and care and feeding of kitchen cutlery. I like it well enough that I obtained a second copy for my daughter.

Amazon.com: An Edge in the Kitchen: The Ultimate Guide to Kitchen Knives -- How to Buy Them, Keep Them Razor Sharp, and Use Them Like a Pro: Chad Ward: Books
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Old 12-08-2008, 10:46 AM   #5
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There used to be some great videos on Foodnetwork.com, but I just can't navigate the new Labrynth they call a website.
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Old 12-08-2008, 11:28 AM   #6
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The CIA (Culinary Institute of America) has both books and DVDs from and of their master chefs showing how it's done. Check out Welcome to the world's premier culinary college in New York-The Culinary Institute of America for knife skills texts and dvd instruction.

Then , practice. I became really good when I put the food processor away.
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Old 12-08-2008, 11:33 AM   #7
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Old 12-15-2008, 12:34 PM   #8
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I'll second Chad Ward's book.
It has tons of useful info for Knife geeks too.
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Old 01-25-2009, 10:09 AM   #9
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If you are in the Chicago area, the Chopping Block (thechoppingblock.com) The Chopping Block Cooking School, Chicago has knife classes. I haven't been to one yet but want too.
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