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The culture, craft and cult of the cook's knife


"Tim Hayward is the most serious cookery writer I know.

Whatever he says, I will listen. Whatever he writes, I will buy."

Len Deighton         



Knife: The Culture, Craft and Cult of the Cook's Knife

By Tim Hayward

Published by Quadrille on Nov 3 2016

Knife is a love-letter to this essential culinary tool - its form, history and creation. The knife can be the most functional utensil or the most exquisite piece of design - avid collectors pay jaw-dropping sums for a piece of Japanese hand-crafted steel, made according to traditions that date back thousands of years.

"This is possibly the coolest book I have ever seen. Glorious in content, geeky in text and engaging in photography. This is every cook’s must-have reference book! I love it." Tom Kerridge

Through interviews with knife-makers, chefs and collectors, acclaimed food writer Tim Hayward explores how the relationship between cook and blade has shaped the both the knife itself, and the ways we prepare and eat food all over the world. From Damascus blades to Chinese cleavers and sushi knives, at the heart of Knife is a fascinating guide to 40 different types of knife, each with its own unique story, detailed description and stunning photographs.

Lavishly illustrated and designed, and as cool, personal and desirable as the most intricately crafted deba, Knife opens up the world of this most covetableof culinary implements.




Quadrille Publishing

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Tim Bates (PFD)

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Fiona C. Smith

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Tim Hayward

Tim Hayward is an award-winning food writer and broadcaster.

He writes a regular column for the Financial Times, and is a presenter on BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme and panellist on The Kitchen Cabinet. He appears regularly on television programmes including Food & Drink and Sunday Brunch. Tim was the editor of the acclaimed Fire & Knives food-writing magazine. In his spare time he runs Fitzbillies restaurant in Cambridge.

This is his third book.




Events, Signings, Festivals, and Roadshows

FTWeekend Festival -  September 3 2016

The FT Weekend's inaugural festival will celebrate the wit, elegance and eclectic range of enthusiasms which are our hallmark. Many of the Weekend's best-loved writers and columnists from Jancis Robinson to Robin Lane Fox, Tim Harford to Simon Kuper, will hold forth on the ideas and passions that delight, inspire and even infuriate our readers. They and leading editors from the FT Weekend and How To Spend It, will host dozens of leading figures from art, music, literature, dance, business, food and wine, fashion and politics in the grounds of Kenwood House on the edge of Hampstead Heath.

Details still TBA but I should be talking about knives, the book, and sharing a stage with a celebrity chef.




Abergavenny Food Festival is the biggest and best-loved food festival in Wales. Established in 1999, it was set up to celebrate the craft, diversity and culture of food from across the country. The award winning festival now exhibits over 200 of the finest food and drink producers, a variety of expert demonstrations and a line-up of outstanding and well-known chefs, welcoming over 30,000 visitors to the beautiful market town each year. 

I'll be doing a talk/demo/show based on the book and we're planning that a limited number of 'pre-publication' copies will be on sale

Buy tickets HERE