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Do you value knife-skills?


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Do you value knife-skills?

ipsedixit | | Feb 22, 2011 01:19 PM

I grew up learning how to cook and, more importantly, how to prep without gadgets.

If I needed to shred cabbage, it was cutting board and knife. Same with julienning veggies, dicing or mincing garlic, ginger, onions, etc.

That's what my mom demanded, at home and even at the restaurant.

Fast forward to present day and now I've come to sort of a fork in the road dilemma. I've agreed to take up the task of teaching how to cook with my newphew.

And while my uncle's kitchen has all the gadgets to slice and dice -- from the food processor to the garlic mincer to the French mandoline -- I can't help but try and impart on the kid how important it is to be able to wield a knife and shred carrots without giving yourself an unintended (and bloody) manicure.

Do you still value knife-skills? Or do you simply think it is better to roll with the times and rely on cooking apps?

Call me a Luddite, but I think knife-skills are not only a dying art, but an important one ... if for the aesthetics and nothing else.