Hi, y’all! We are back! Lots of events, a little travel and some television appearances took us away from our beloved blog and we promise to get back in the groove. Happy soon-to-be Fall! A most wonderful time of the year and time to think about your kitchenware! We’re sharpening our knives and remembering how we learned to cook from some of the best chefs in the world who worked on parties with us. We thank these brave souls who doled out tips and advice and even let us in the kitchens for a turn or two!
Knives – people always ask us where to buy knives. The key to knives is to get one or two good ones – a chef’s knife, about 8 inches and a Santoku knife. That’s really all you need. Don’t let stores coerce you into buying those big “sets” of 7 or 8 knives. You simply will not use them.
Another key is to invest in amazing knives. The best ones are not stainless steel, but carbon steel. Our favorite is Sabatier. They last a lifetime (you must sharpen them), have a great, comfortable handle and hey, Stanley Tucci (our favorite actor on Earth) swears by them (see: “Big Night” and “Julie & Julia – the man knows his knives!). While we love retail, our favorite source for all kitchen things and especially knives is Fantes.
If you are just learning to cook, we suggest taking a knife skills class at your local gourmet shop or Sur La Table! It’s a rush!