I like to cook. Sometimes the results are better, other times, it’s a learning experience.
There’s one tool I use almost every time: a heavy old cast-iron skillet. And one tool I use every time: an 8″ chef knife. I have a couple of knives I like a lot, but my favorite is also the least expensive: the Kuma. Today it’s $30 on Amazon, and that’s the high end of the price range I have seen for it. (Amazon price fluctuations are fascinating. I paid about $25, and I have seen it as low as $18.) There’s no excuse for not having a good knife.
A lot of the progress I am making as a cook is down to a slow, steady improvement in knife skills. A little bit at a time, my cuts get smaller and more consistent. But when I say knife skills, I mean, decently dicing an onion or chiffonading some herbs.
And then… and then, there’s this guy: