Japanese kitchen knives are becoming increasingly popular every day, but many people don’t understand the techniques or have the skills needed to use these superbly-crafted tools correctly. In this book internationally, renowned chef Hiromitsu Nozaki shares his expertise and insights, helping readers to develop the foundational techniques needed to use these super sharp and well-designed blades.
Like Peter Hertzmann’s book “Knife Skills Illustrated: A User’s Manual”, “Japanese Kitchen Knives” takes the reader on a journey through the various Japanese blades, their purpose and the techniques needed to use them correctly.
In Japanese Kitchen Knives, Nozaki teaches the reader how to use usuba, deba and yanagiba, the three-main traditional Japanese knives. He explains many essential techniques, such as the importance of understanding blade angle and point of force. He illustrates these lessons by working with ingredients familiar to western readers, like carrots and rainbow trout.
Colour photos and Nozaki’s commentary further clarify the process, and the pictures are taken from the chef’s perspective for easier understanding (most other books take photos from the reverse perspective). Each technique is accompanied by recipes that require its use, and all recipes are very simple, using easy-to-acquire ingredients.
Other sections include a look at artisanal Japanese knife making and information on sharpening, storing and identifying the variety of Japanese knives. Specialty knives are shown on location, from the unique unagi eel knife in an unagi specialty restaurant to the colossal tuna filleting knife in Tsukiji fish market.