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on 23 May 2013
This book is full of pictures and descriptions that help you use your knives to their fullest.
The first section offers advice on choosing your knives admittedly with a slant to the knives produced by the writer but the majority of the advice is very unbiased and very clear. This section also offers a very good section on keeping your knives in tip top condition - telling you the difference between Oil stones, water stones, diamond stones, ceramic stones, steels and the uses of each one as well as how to use them.
Section 2 is how a professional kitchen differs to a home kitchen but how you can utilise this in a house to make things easier. How to hold your knifes safely and how to guide the knives so that you don't cut yourself with them.
Section 3 - Basic Vegetable cuts - sticks, dice, chiffonade, rondelle etc and where you would utilise these stir fries, soups.
Section 4 - Cutting of specific fruit and vegetables showing you which techniques from the previous chapter is best for which vegetable in which situation - several vegetables can use several techniques depending on what you want the end product to be
Section 5 - Cutting poultry - preparing a whole chicken to different portions
Section 6 - Cutting Meat - different techniques pouches for stuffing, butterflying, Frenching chops, Frenching a lamb Rack, boning out a leg of lamb.
Section 7 - Cutting Fish - descaling, filleting round fish, flat fish skinning
Section 8 - Cutting Shellfish
Section 9 - Carving Cooked Meats
Section 10 - Creative Garnishes