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Resource Fri Jul 13 2007

Now I've Got Skills

Knife SkillsI've long been fantasizing about owning a fancy chef's knife that somewhat proved my legitimacy in the kitchen. What boosted my confidence in a matter of two hours, however, wasn't the knife (although I did end up purchasing a knife, and it's a beauty). It was the knife skills class at the Chopping Block. Clearly, it's not as if I walked away from the course prepared to take on Top Chef contestants in a knife skills challenge, but the simple, hands-on instruction bolstered my feelings about my abilities as a home cook enough to send me home skipping and then giddily bouncing around the kitchen looking for any kind of produce that might possibly need dicing, mincing or chopping.

If you've been contemplating whether or not to take the class, do it. The instructor assured that, despite the course's brevity, it can change your life. If you practice what you've learned of course.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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