Knife enthusiasts, prepare for the ultimate blade porn in writer, broadcaster and restaurateur Tim Hayward's new definitive guide to knife types: Knife - The Culture, Craft and Cult of the Cook's Knife.
Part reference guide, part 'nerd out' on knives, Hayward's book stretches to over 200 pages of accessible facts, tips and stories about one of the most important, and potentially lethal (he reminds us) of domestic tools, with a broad enough perspective to appeal to both professionals and interested cooks.
The fascinating stories behind 40 knives from around the world evolve, from the trusty British bread knife to the top dollar Japanese yanagiba. And whilst Hayward admits to being too 'British' to suggest knives have a "spirit," he does reflect on the relationship that can evolve with knives, whether it's sentimental value from a knife that has endured years of re-shaping over generations or the social context of a blade as a mirror of food culture.
This is the book that will help you understand your knives, as well as encouraging you to look after them better. As Hayward says, "All knives in the world are held, gripped and moved in the same way around the world and once you understand that you understand all the ways in which knives are designed and why."
See his tips below on how to buy and look after a knife.