Best Chef Knife Sets

Best Chef Knife Sets

Last updated 12.12.21 — True confession: I have never owned a chef knife set. All those perfectly matched blades, all from the same knife maker and the same line—their uniformity seems excessive. And they often encourage you to buy knives you don’t need, without offering you the variety that might be more useful. On the other hand,

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Is Shun the Chef Knife for Bobby Flay?

Is Shun the Chef Knife for Bobby Flay?

Last updated 11.20.21 — It’s a logical question, isn’t it? If you’re shopping in the kitchen knife ocean, trying to figure out what the best chef knives just might be. What do the pros use? Would Bobby use a Shun chef knife? Lord knows, when I was a kid, eons ago, and I was first taking up

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Banana Bread Recipe—Easy and Delicious

Banana Bread Recipe—Easy and Delicious

Banana bread has been in my blood ever since I used to woof down loaves cooked up by my older sis when we were in high school. She would get banana bread urges in the AM hours while the rest of the house was fast asleep. But, come breakfast-time — there would be a half-eaten loaf sitting

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Solingen, Germany — Wusthof Factory Tour

Solingen, Germany — Wusthof Factory Tour

This past October I had the pleasure (along with my 11-year-old daughter) of visiting Solingen, Germany in order to take a tour of the Wusthof factory located there since 1814. (Well, not in the exact same place, of course.) Solingen is not only home base for Wusthof, but one of the knifemaking capitals of the world—nicknamed the

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Quality Kitchen Knives on Sale

Quality Kitchen Knives on Sale

Here are some of the latest deals on high-quality kitchen knives. We’re talking name-brand blades that will get sharp, and stay sharp, for a serious amount of time. As long as you treat them right, of course (see my Top Ten Tips). They should feel great in your hand and make you want to have fun in

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Best Carving Knife — Some Recommendations

Best Carving Knife — Some Recommendations

A carving knife is a thing of beauty, even if it’s used only a couple times a year. When you need a long, thin, and most important of all, sharp blade to do your slicing, nothing else will do. (Above: Wusthof Classic 2-Piece Hollow-Ground Carving Set.) If you’re in the market for a carving knife (or your

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How to Cut a Pineapple like a Pro

How to Cut a Pineapple like a Pro

Learning how to cut a pineapple is one of the great joys of kitchen knifedom. You weld your samurai-like blade to separate the spiny crown and prickly skin from the sweet, juicy fruit, and you feel exhilarated. But you must use a sharp knife. Otherwise it’s pure torture! For a quick and easy primer, watch my video

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