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April 6, 2009

Chef Porn: Eat Drink Man Woman

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My grandfather's cleavers that I just had refinished. The one on the far right with the wooden handle is over 40 years old. I plan to have them mounted in a shadowbox so that I can display them.

My grandfather's cleavers that I just had refinished. The one on the far right with the wooden handle is over 40 years old. I plan to have them mounted in a shadowbox so that I can display them.

I thought that I would share one of my favorite bits of Chef Porn. One of the things that I love about Ang Lee’s film Eat Drink Man Woman is the cooking! Occasionally, I will pop this dvd in just to watch the great cooking scenes. The first time I saw this movie in 1998, I became obsessed with how easily the characters were able to use a cleaver to do simple tasks that would have us reaching for a pairing knife.

Later that year, I started my Asian Cookery class. The instructor recommended that we all get a cleaver to use in class. Several times through out the course of the class, chef would constantly point out to us that we had too many things in our knife bags. That a good Chinese cook will only walk around with a cleaver, and a vegetable peeler. Really good cooks wouldn’t even have a peeler. 

Watching this movie always reminds me of my Grandfather who like the chef in the movie used only a cleaver to do everything. After watching this movie, I really started paying attention to my knife skills. I stopped carrying a pairing knife for an entire year, using only a cleaver that I bought in a San Francisco Chinatown store called the Wok Shop. I bought it over ten years ago for $17, and I still use it today. My year of just using a cleaver was definitely a learning experience, but it didn’t take long before I was peeling apples, and segmenting oranges all with my cleaver. 

After a while, using just a cleaver became second nature to me. I don’t even think about it any more. It wasn’t until last week that I realized how odd the practice of using a cleaver is in the United States. I friend of mine arranged a lunch with a chef, now retired, I knew from when I was in culinary school. Apparently, he didn’t recognize my name, but when I arrived at the restaurant, he instantly recalled me as, “the guy who used a cleaver for everything.”

Anywho, here is a collection of chef porn clips from the movie.

 

Song stuck in my head at the time of this post: Who WIll Save Your Soul by Jewel

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Chef Porn: Eat Drink Man Woman

Filed under: Personal Stuff — Admin @ 12:28 am
Tags: , , , , ,

My grandfather's cleavers that I just had refinished. The one on the far right with the wooden handle is over 40 years old. I plan to have them mounted in a shadowbox so that I can display them.

My grandfather's cleavers that I just had refinished. The one on the far right with the wooden handle is over 40 years old. I plan to have them mounted in a shadowbox so that I can display them.

I thought that I would share one of my favorite bits of Chef Porn. One of the things that I love about Ang Lee’s film Eat Drink Man Woman is the cooking! Occasionally, I will pop this dvd in just to watch the great cooking scenes. The first time I saw this movie in 1998, I became obsessed with how easily the characters were able to use a cleaver to do simple tasks that would have us reaching for a pairing knife.

Later that year, I started my Asian Cookery class. The instructor recommended that we all get a cleaver to use in class. Several times through out the course of the class, chef would constantly point out to us that we had too many things in our knife bags. That a good Chinese cook will only walk around with a cleaver, and a vegetable peeler. Really good cooks wouldn’t even have a peeler. 

Watching this movie always reminds me of my Grandfather who like the chef in the movie used only a cleaver to do everything. After watching this movie, I really started paying attention to my knife skills. I stopped carrying a pairing knife for an entire year, using only a cleaver that I bought in a San Francisco Chinatown store called the Wok Shop. I bought it over ten years ago for $17, and I still use it today. My year of just using a cleaver was definitely a learning experience, but it didn’t take long before I was peeling apples, and segmenting oranges all with my cleaver. 

After a while, using just a cleaver became second nature to me. I don’t even think about it any more. It wasn’t until last week that I realized how odd the practice of using a cleaver is in the United States. I friend of mine arranged a lunch with a chef, now retired, I knew from when I was in culinary school. Apparently, he didn’t recognize my name, but when I arrived at the restaurant, he instantly recalled me as, “the guy who used a cleaver for everything.”

Anywho, here is a collection of chef porn clips from the movie.

 

Song stuck in my head at the time of this post: Who WIll Save Your Soul by Jewel

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