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The Wok: Recipes and Techniques

The Wok: Recipes and Techniques

J. Kenji López-Alt’s debut cookbook, The Food Lab, revolutionized home cooking, selling more than half a million copies with its science-based approach to everyday foods. And for fast, fresh cooking for his family, there’s one pan López-Alt reaches for more than any other: the wok.

Whether stir-frying, deep frying, steaming, simmering, or braising, the wok is the most versatile pan in the kitchen. Once you master the basics—the mechanics of a stir-fry, and how to get smoky wok hei at home—you’re ready to cook home-style and restaurant-style dishes from across Asia and the United States, including Kung Pao Chicken, Pad Thai, and San Francisco–Style Garlic Noodles. López-Alt also breaks down the science behind beloved Beef Chow Fun, fried rice, dumplings, tempura vegetables or seafood, and dashi-simmered dishes.

Featuring more than 200 recipes—including simple no-cook sides—explanations of knife skills and how to stock a pantry, and more than 1,000 color photographs, The Wok provides endless ideas for brightening up dinner.

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Ebony Wood vs G10 Composite Resin Handle

Trying to decide which handle to go with?

The dark ebony wood is beautiful and classic, while the jet-black G10 looks very slick and modern. That part is totally up to preference in looks.

We have worked to make sure the balance feels right with either type of handle material, but overall, the G10-handled knives will weigh slightly more. In the case of our chef knife, you can expect an extra ounce. Again, the balance of the knives makes the weight difference feel minimal.

Care and Durability
Even though ebony wood is extremely hard, the G10 handles are slightly more carefree as they are impervious to water and may scratch less easily. Remember, none of these knives should ever go in the dishwasher (hand wash and dry immediately). Really, the ebony isn’t high maintenance, but it wouldn’t hurt to rub a couple drops of mineral oil on it every now and then.

Hammered vs Non Hammered

On our chef knife, we offer both a hammered (tsuchime) finish and non-hammered. The main decision is which look you like better, as it is mainly an aesthetic choice. That said, the hammered dimples can aid slightly in food release. Again, it’s mostly which look you prefer.

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