3 Knives to Start With

You don’t need a jillion knives – in fact just one good knife could take care of most anything you need to do. But to me a basic starter set if you’re just getting going would look like this (from top to bottom):

Chef’s Knife

Sometimes called a ‘cook’s knife’, this is generally considered the workhorse of the kitchen.  With the right one (meaning one you find comfortable) you could do everything from buttering a piece of toast…to chopping parsley…to cutting chicken.

Serrated Knife

You’d never cut an onion with a serrated knife, but nothing beats it for slicing through a loaf of bread without squishing it flat.  And don’t even get me started about how well it deals with a beautifully soft tomato.

Paring Knife

Size does matter and sometimes a large knife is just the wrong knife for the job.  And whether it’s peeling or super close up work, this little guy will do it easily and comfortably.

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Sam Zien

is host of the TV show Sam the Cooking Guy, author of 3 cookbooks and a frequent guest in the Today Show kitchen. He’s also and proud of his “big in taste but small in effort” cooking style — “food that anyone can make,” he likes to say.

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