David Leite has been kind enough (or desperate enough) to invite me to do a couple of guest pieces for his blog on Leite’s Culinaria. Today’s entry, “So Ya Wanna Buy a Knife” You have decided that it is time to get serious, time to show the world that you have arrived and are ready […]
Michael Ruhlman, author of The Elements of Cooking, has a short bit on his favorite kitchen gear. I like the way he thinks. We all have too much crap in our kitchens. I do agree with many of the comments, though. I would have a hard time getting along without my tongs.
How a Change in 17th Century French Knifemaking Led to the Uniquely American Style of Eating Another example of how knives have shaped culture is the unique American habit of switching the fork from the left hand to the right and back as we eat. Ever wonder why we do this awkward little move? It […]
Why write a book about kitchen knives? Because kitchen knives changed the world. Because they are the oldest and most important tool known to humankind. As Michael Symon wrote in A History of Cooks and Cooking, “The use of knives does not depend on culture, it is culture.” If you include our pre-human ancestors, we […]
Shun has been generating a lot of press lately (at least in the trade pubs) with background information and photos of its new mandolin. Here’s the press release — 2008 March — Kai Presents the Shun Pro Mandolin to the Marketplace March 1, 2008, Tualatin, OR – It’s the ideal tool for swiftly slicing firm […]
The cover is finally up on Amazon, in all its tomato red glory. While you’re waiting patiently for me to get my act together you can, if you are so inclined, pre-order the book so that it will be delivered as soon as it is published. Here’s the live link to “An Edge in the […]
If anyone has, in fact, stopped by chadwrites.com in the last day or two you’ll note that the placeholder page is gone and this rapidly shifting blog/website/disaster area has taken its place. Things are in transition. This will become the venue to discuss my book, kitchen knives, kitchen science, new books and other projects . […]
Blog. What an unpleasant word. It’s something you expect to see in a horror novel (“It was squatting there, like a blog, looking disreputable and vaguely sinister”) or describing an unfortunate bodily function (“I can’t eat cucumbers, they make me blog”). Now I have one. Why, you ask? Apparently this is my publisher’s big plan […]