There are lots of sources for instruction on knife skills (not least of all our own easy-to-follow videos), but the new book Knife Skills Illustrated: A User’s Manual, by Peter Hertzmann, has one thing others do not: instructions for left-handed people. There’s nothing particularly innovative about the text or the black-and-white illustrations, but as somebody who has learned to read manuals as if I’m looking in a mirror, it feels positively welcoming to have every major section repeated in a left-handed version. Plus Hertzmann includes alternative methods for many cuts. The politics of inclusion come to cooking class!

Knife Skills Illustrated: A User’s Manual, $19.77

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