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My favorite seafood resource book


Pros: A broad reference guide for seafood and shellfish

Cons: Could use a few more recipes or suggested uses for certain items

Peterson is well known for his Sauces book, but this book ranks right up there. I use this book constantly, it is very handy where I work, a steak and seafood joint. It covers a wide variety of fish and shellfish and has nice illustrations for cleaning and prepping many items, from lobster to eel. An easy to read resource book that is a must for any serious cook.

Mac Superior Bread Knife


Pros: Good length, nice curvature, minimal crumbing

Cons: none

This is my new favorite bread knife, replacing my previous favorite, the Wusthof SuperSlicer. Similar blade design, in that the teeth are convex instead of concave. This allows the blade to slice more cleanly than a knife with "teeth", thereby reducing crumbing when slicing bread, etc. It actually slices better on the push than the pull which is fairly unique. The slight curvature reduces knuckle banging, a definite plus. I use this everyday, for slicing baguettes for crostini's, lemons, etc., but mostly for slicing the seared rare Ahi. It's definitely up to the task.                                    › Just Jim › Reviews by Just Jim