The kitchen knife is the most essential of cooking tools. Knives Cooks Love is a comprehensive 180 pages of knowledge on buying, sharpening, using, storing and otherwise getting great use out of a good knife (or three).
Longtime Lifehacker readers know that we've got something of a weakness for tips and posts about knives, whether it's video tips on using a sharp one, a DIY one-size-fits-all knife block — the list, well, it goes on. If you get geeked up about kitchen knives and their uses, Knives Cooks Love is a culinary book you'll actually sit down and read. Did you know there are six kinds of paring knives available? Now you do. Need tips on filleting a fish, slicing roasts or learning what "julienne" or "chiffonade" mean? You will.
I am, as you might guess, quite a few pages into Knives Cooks Love, and I dig how exhaustive the knowledge is, almost to the point of ridiculousness. For a gift, it's also a relatively cheap hardcover that looks nice in your collection.