What are some good resources for learning knife skills? Specifically, is there anywhere that I can see video demonstration of different slicing techniques and when those techniques are appropriate?
Why bother paying for instruction or books. The best way to learn is watching a video and practicing.
Youtube has a great wealth of videos on knife skills. I'm more a visual learner. I like to see a video. A book are not going to help me squat.
- Knife Skills: Julliene with Ann Burrell
- Knife Skills: Chiffonade with Ann Burrell
- Knife SKills: Slicing with Ann Burelle and Beau
- Knife Skills: Bias Cuts with Ann Burrelle and Beau
- Honing a knife with Gordon Ramsey (video is labeled as sharpening although he is showing a knife being honed)
- Rick Theory, well respected on knife forums for good technique
- Sundry old Martin Yan episodes across youtube. Cleaver centric technique that requires paying attention to do safely, but can achieve a lot.
Chowhound has a great wealth of knife skill videos.
- How to make a chiffonade cut
- How to chop
- How to dice
- How to hone a knife
- Roll Cuts
- Know your Knife Cuts
- How to make julienne and batonnet cuts
- How to cut with a chef's knife:
- 5 Simply knife safety tips
- How to hold a knife
- Not totally related but - Should i buy a knife set
- Knife Skills troubleshooting
- How to make a bias cut
I really like the book "Knife skills Illustrated"; it is a bit annoying that it has left and right handed versions of everything, though.
The Good Eats episode American Slicer was devoted entirely to knife usage.
The absolute best way to pick this up is to do it with the help of an in-person instructor. It is a motor skill that is best learned by trial, error, and the emulation of experts.
Your local culinary institutes might offer courses or one-day workshops on various topics for the general public and cooking enthusiasts.
For instance, here's a place in Maryland that offers classes: L'Academie de Cuisine. I once gave my wife a gift certificate for their "knife skills" workshop. She can now chop circles around anyone who isn't a chef!
Epicurious have some useful videos on knife skills, they can be found at:
Another interesting source is Rouxbe, they have a large number of cooking lesson videos online, which include knife skills. This site, however, requires a subscription:
Serious Eats has some videos and what not in their Knife Skills section.
America's Test Kitchen is pretty good as well, since they go slow and show things visually though they often don't narrate their knife skills verbally.
I've also seen good material in Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course and Home Cooking, though he's a bit faster and less detailed. Some of the stuff is on his youtube channel.
Finally, I'd like to recommend Jaques Pepin's New Complete Techniques (though the original complete techniques is fine, the new one is in color). He's very careful in explaining how to do things.