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Cut to the chase
If you have never seen a knife in your life, have no idea what it is for, then this book is for you. There was precious little in this app that you wouldn't learn watching one cooking show. I purchased this expecting to learn technique and instead I got a tutorial that fell short of what I already knew. The video demonstrations don't fully cover, let alone expand on the written material. What then, is the point? A good deal of the book is dedicated to sending you to a major online retailer for specific brands of knives. This is what they call a "buyers guide". There is no discussion of those brands or why one might want to pay 10x as much for one knife over the other.
stockdrover on Dec 26, 2012 for Kitchen Knife Skills
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Short and to the point
This book is a no-nonsense approach to learning, and of all things, something crucial to anybody living without an in-house chef. The first chapter alone changed my abilities in the kitchen. The sections on each food item are stripped of any extra fuss and let you know what you need to know in both step-by-step fashion and a video. I can't wait to use the buying guide to purchase my next kitchen knifes! And to put a cherry on top, I love the design of every page. Seriously a must-buy app.
Lyn Joneston on Nov 17, 2012 for Kitchen Knife Skills
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Fantastic app to improve your kitchen skills!
The Better Book format makes learning very easy and illustrates techniques exceptionally. Both instructors do a great job of teaching different techniques for a large variety of foods found in a typical kitchen. The format is laid out very well and gives a good overview on types of knives you'll want to consider, how to use them and how to care for and maintain them over time. The videos and teaching sections are brief enough to keep your attention (2-5 minutes each) but comprehensive enough to cover just about everything a typical cook will tackle in the kitchen. Having taken a knife skills class once before (at the Chopping Block in Chicago--a great date idea, by the way), learning proper techniques definitely makes cooking more enjoyable. But the challenge exists when you go home to your kitchen and try to recall techniques weeks after the class. This app solves that problem since it can be a constant companion in the kitchen and the format is laid out very well for referencing any section on demand. The app is a great resource for anyone looking to learn knife skills, particularly for beginner to intermediate cooks/chefs. Having better knife skills means less time spent cutting and more time spent enjoying food and friends...definitely worth the $5 investment! Well done, Open Air Publishing. I look forward to purchasing more of your instructional apps on other practical topics as you publish them in the future!
bluerain8 on Nov 10, 2012 for Kitchen Knife Skills
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