Developer: Open Air Publishing
Price: $4.99
Version Reviewed: 3.0.8
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

It’d be all too easy to assume that all kitchen knives are the same. I used to think that before I did any extensive cooking. I quickly realized that I was very, very wrong. Each task, if done correctly, requires a different type of knife and, crucially, a different technique to make it a breeze to cut said item. Throw in the fact that I’m not the strongest of people and an app that tells me all about the best ways to cut and prepare food is pretty darn useful.

That’s what Kitchen Knife Skills offers. From the makers behind Wine Simplified and numerous other similar apps, it offers a clear guide to how best to cut with a kitchen knife and how to source the best quality implements, too.

Much like other Open Air apps, the interface behind Kitchen Knife Skills is very familiar yet clear. Essentially it’s an interactive e-book offering a step by step guide to everything a person needs to know about a task. Early chapters explain the different knife types available, while it leads onto a breakdown of how to tackle certain varieties of food, from fruit to vegetables and meat. A selection of video tutorials litter the way, helping users figure out how to do things. I tested this out last night as I’ve always had trouble with certain types of large root vegetables, and the technique works well. I was reminded that I need a better set of knives, however!

Knife maintenance is given similar focus, explaining how best to keep an expensive set of knives in good order so that there’s no risk of them going rusty or blunt.

Admittedly, Kitchen Knife Skills isn’t as an exciting a read as how best to prepare cocktails, or what bottle of wine to buy, but it is an useful resource, and available at a reasonable price. Knowing how to cut up a turkey properly, should prove particularly useful in the very near future!

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