What are some good resources for learning Knife Skills?

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What are some good resources for learning knife skills? Specifically, is there anywhere that I can see video demonstration of different slicing techniques and when those techniques are appropriate?

jessecurry

Posted 2010-07-09T19:31:22.897

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Question was closed 2016-10-17T17:15:45.107

discussion of possible closure: http://meta.cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/3289/should-this-general-knife-skills-question-be-closed

– Cascabel – 2016-10-16T03:32:36.430

1Closed as too broad since it's probably the best of the canned reasons, but note that in general requests for resources are not a great fit for stackexchange either. It's better to ask about specific problems, so that we can curate the answers and knowledge here. And indeed, more specific questions on knife skills (specific techniques, handling a specific kind of knife, etc) are most welcome! – Cascabel – 2016-10-17T17:16:59.413

@DanielMoura, always wear a helmet, when drinking heavily. Also: How should I care for my knives.

– Vorac – 2014-07-03T09:45:58.193

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Why bother paying for instruction or books. The best way to learn is watching a video and practicing.

Youtube

Youtube has a great wealth of videos on knife skills. I'm more a visual learner. I like to see a video. A book are not going to help me squat.

Chowhound

Chowhound has a great wealth of knife skill videos.

Other

chrisjlee

Posted 2010-07-09T19:31:22.897

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1The first four videos are all unavailable now (set to private). The Chowhound vidoes are decent, but how does anyone expect to learn a skill like this in videos 30 seconds in length? There is simply more to it. – dpollitt – 2016-10-08T14:12:10.690

3Unfortunately, the Food Network videos are not available outside of the US - at least not in Denmark. – Jacob Bundgaard – 2014-11-07T10:17:48.790

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I really like the book "Knife skills Illustrated"; it is a bit annoying that it has left and right handed versions of everything, though.

Kevin Davis

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4Being a lefty, that would be right up my alley :) – jessecurry – 2010-07-09T20:04:00.477

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The Good Eats episode American Slicer was devoted entirely to knife usage.

Covar

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Unfortunately, finding old good eats videos is hard. They never did a cohesive box set or anything. – Batman – 2016-10-16T02:31:47.513

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The absolute best way to pick this up is to do it with the help of an in-person instructor. It is a motor skill that is best learned by trial, error, and the emulation of experts.

Your local culinary institutes might offer courses or one-day workshops on various topics for the general public and cooking enthusiasts.

For instance, here's a place in Maryland that offers classes: L'Academie de Cuisine. I once gave my wife a gift certificate for their "knife skills" workshop. She can now chop circles around anyone who isn't a chef!

Angelo

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The advantage to having someone watching you is that they can identify mistakes that you might be making, and offer corrections. – Joe – 2014-07-22T23:11:48.417

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Epicurious have some useful videos on knife skills, they can be found at:

http://www.epicurious.com/video/technique-videos/technique-videos-knife-skills/1915458779/knife-skills-how-to-sharpen-a-knife/1915433332

Another interesting source is Rouxbe, they have a large number of cooking lesson videos online, which include knife skills. This site, however, requires a subscription:

http://rouxbe.com/

Pulse

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Serious Eats has some videos and what not in their Knife Skills section.

The basic skills are covered in this article (slice, chop, rock chop). Other things to note include how to carve meats, how to cut herbs and tomatoes.

America's Test Kitchen is pretty good as well, since they go slow and show things visually though they often don't narrate their knife skills verbally.

I've also seen good material in Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course and Home Cooking, though he's a bit faster and less detailed. Some of the stuff is on his youtube channel.

Finally, I'd like to recommend Jaques Pepin's New Complete Techniques (though the original complete techniques is fine, the new one is in color). He's very careful in explaining how to do things.

Batman

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Mastering Knife Skills: The Essential Guide to the Most Important Tools in Your Kitchen by Norman Weinstein is a great picture book demonstrating technique for specific fruits, vegetables, and meats.

devin_s

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