Knife Skills Books


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Joined Mar 29, 2002
Came across these two in the library last week. 

Knife Skills by Marcus Waering and others (including Charlie Trotter) was pretty poor. And some incorrect knife manufacture information, but it was minor.  Why are knife skills books often so poor? 

Knife Skills Illustrated  by Peter Hertzmann was much better. I'd have preferred photographs over drawings but the drawings are done well. And it's easier to indicate the cut lines in a drawing when they're not always so visible in a small photograph. And while he gives right and left hand drawings and instructions--a good thing--the left hand info reverses the drawing and reuses the same text. So about half the book is duplicated content. For those visual learners who need to see images in the proper left or right hand context,  I can see this as being a worthwhile book. And the information is quite good. It just jarred my personal sensibilities for the repeated content.  It's certainly worth a look, but I can't recommend owning it myself. 

An Edge in the Kitchen is good for many reasons though it's not as comprehensive as Knife Skills Illustrated. Much better sharpening info in EitK. 

What other knife skills books have you found worth while?
Joined Nov 15, 2012
well considering what you can find on youtube the books may already be a thing of the past.

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