Mastering Knife Skills

Mastering Knife Skills

The Essential Guide to the Most Important Tools in Your Kitchen [With DVD]

By Norman Weinstein; Mark Thomas (Photographer)

ABRAMS, Hardcover, 9781584796671, 224pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2008

Description
As the number of gourmet home kitchens burgeons, so does the number of home cooks who want to become proficient users of the professional-caliber equipment they own. And of all kitchen skills, perhaps the most critical are those involving the proper use of knives.
Norman Weinstein has been teaching his knife skills workshop at New York City's Institute of Culinary Education for more than a decadeand his classes always sell out. That's because Weinstein focuses so squarely on the needs of the nonprofessional cook, providing basic instruction in knife techniques that maximize efficiency while placing the least possible stress on the user's arm. Now, "Mastering Knife Skills" brings Weinstein's well-honed knowledge to home cooks everywhere.
Whether you want to dice an onion with the speed and dexterity of a TV chef, carve a roast like an expert, bone a chicken quickly and neatly, or just learn how to hold a knife in the right way, "Mastering Knife Skills" will be your go-to manual. Each cutting, slicing, and chopping method is thoroughly explainedand illustrated with clear, step-by-step photographs. Extras include information on knife construction, knife makers and types, knife maintenance and safety, and cutting boards, as well as a 30-minute instructional DVD featuring Weinstein's most important techniques.


About the Author
For more than 20 years, Norman Weinstein, a chef-instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education, has taught everyone from first-time cooks to professional chefs how to select and use knives. He has been profiled in "Wine Spectator" and the "New York Times Magazine", and has appeared on the Food Network. The 2003 honoree of the New York Association of Culinary Professionals, Weinstein lives in New York City.

Mark Thomas is a business consultant, author, and speaker who has worked in over 40 different countries. His clients include Lloyds TSB Asset Management, Motorola, Barclays Capital, Reuters, Cisco, Sony, HSBC, Coca-Cola, Mars, Nestl??, Aramex, Shell, Union Bank of Switzerland, and the American Management Association. Mark Thomas is a senior partner with Performance Dynamics Management Consultants, an international business consultancy specializing in organizational change and people development. He is also a fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and an associate faculty member of the Tias Business School in Holland and MCE in Brussels.