Mastering Bread – Shun Bread Knife Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win one copy of Mastering Bread: The Art and Practice of Handmade Sourdough, Yeast Bread, and Pastry by Marc Vetri along with a Shun bread knife.


The Vetri Cucina Bread Program began over ten years ago in an effort to reclaim high-quality bread as a cornerstone to our food culture. In his latest book, Vetri and his former head baker, Claire, illustrate how home cooks can create simple breads with unique flavors at home.

Mastering Bread is exactly what you would imagine and what you come to expect from the Italian chef. From all the basics of bread to pastry as well as foods to eat with the bread, Marc covers it all. This guy knows his stuff and his books are stellar.

Before fermentation and recipes are even approached, Vetri begins with the importance of measuring by weight instead of volume, details grains as well as the specific job that each ingredient in bread performs. Photographs and illustrations are shared throughout this volume to guide us through various techniques such as shaping and scoring.

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We expend the effort to create beautiful loaves of bread and then struggle with a mediocre knife when slicing. I have mangled a loaf or three in my time with the wrong knife. Shun makes a stunning bread knife that is the next best thing to sliced bread – see what I did there?

After a chef’s knife and a paring knife, some cooks say that the knife they most can’t live without is their bread knife. I agree with this one hundred percent. People ask me all the time for knife recommendations and I agree that all a cook needs is a great chef knife, paring knife and bread knife. For more serious cooks, I would add a boning knife to that list and everyone needs a sturdy pair of kitchen shears.

If you’re looking for a new bread knife, this blonde-handled version of Shun’s Classic Bread Knife is a beautiful choice. Don’t ruin a fresh loaf of bread by squashing it beneath the blade of a dull knife. Instead, use the wide, “low frequency” serrations of the Shun Classic Blonde Bread Knife to simply glide through crusty or tender bread. The undulating serrations provide the power you need to gently saw through a crusty loaf without tearing the tender interior. And it works equally well on very soft breads and even pastries.

  • Slice tender or crusty breads with no ripping, squashing, or tearing
  • Proprietary VG-MAX cutting core is wear and corrosion resistant, strong, and very fine-grained to enable a razor-sharp, long-lasting 16° edge
  • 34 layers of stainless Damascus cladding each side (68 total); support the core, add stain resistance, and help food release from the blade
  • D-shaped blonde PakkaWood® handles are comfortable for both left- and right-handed users; durable, beautiful, and won’t harbor bacteria
  • Full composite tang for light weight and perfect balance
  • Handcrafted in Japan
 

Special thanks to the publisher for offering a copy of this title to our members in the US and to Shun for providing one of their gorgeous bread knives as shown above to a member in the US. Entry options include answering the following questions in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index of this title would you make first?

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223 Comments

  • youngsvnnhrs  on  December 31, 2020

    Sourdough baguette

  • youngsvnnhrs  on  December 31, 2020

    Shun Bread Knife

  • rchesser  on  December 31, 2020

    Deli rye.

  • rchesser  on  December 31, 2020

    Dual Core Utility & Butchery 6″.

  • centraljersey  on  December 31, 2020

    Spelt sourdough boule
    And to learn how to shape a baguette

  • mcrimmins  on  December 31, 2020

    Red Onion Focaccia

  • mcrimmins  on  December 31, 2020

    Classic Blonde Chef’s Knife

  • rubytue  on  December 31, 2020

    I’d love a Classic Blonde Santoku 7″

  • matag  on  December 31, 2020

    Sourdough brioche

  • matag  on  December 31, 2020

    Classic Blonde Santoku 7 Inch

  • stepspior  on  December 31, 2020

    English muffins

  • stepspior  on  December 31, 2020

    Classic Hollow Ground Chef’s 8″
    Model DM0719

  • kmn4  on  December 31, 2020

    Beignets

  • kmn4  on  December 31, 2020

    Classic 8 Pc Student Set

  • CapeCodCook  on  December 31, 2020

    Red Onion focaccia

  • CapeCodCook  on  December 31, 2020

    Classic blonde santuko

  • demomcook  on  December 31, 2020

    For the bread recipe I would try
    the Ursa Challah. From Shun, the 7 inch Sanuku.

  • lean1  on  January 1, 2021

    Red onion focaccia

  • lean1  on  January 1, 2021

    Classic Blonde 8 inch chef knife

  • AlexHH  on  January 1, 2021

    Panettone di Vetri!

  • AlexHH  on  January 1, 2021

    Panettone di Vetri &
    Shun Classic Vegetable Cleaver

  • AlexHH  on  January 1, 2021

    Panettone di Vetri &
    Shun Classic Vegetable Cleaver

  • kimfiona  on  January 1, 2021

    I would love to try the spelt pretzels

  • love2chow  on  January 1, 2021

    Red onion focaccia followed by whole grain puff pastry

  • love2chow  on  January 1, 2021

    Kanso 4 piece barbecue set

  • Kitiara121  on  January 1, 2021

    I would make the Deli Rye Bread. I love a great sandwich on Rye.

  • Kitiara121  on  January 1, 2021

    There are some beautiful knives on the Shun site. I would pick the 7” Santoku blade.

  • Terrill  on  January 1, 2021

    I would make the Olive Filene first….I think. So many good ones to choose from.

  • DarcyVaughn  on  January 1, 2021

    Artichoke fougasse

  • Terrill  on  January 1, 2021

    For Shun product it would have to be the 8” Blonde Chef Knife

  • DarcyVaughn  on  January 1, 2021

    Classic Hollow Ground Santoku 7″

  • inflytur  on  January 1, 2021

    Cinnamon rasian pan loaf

  • inflytur  on  January 1, 2021

    Classic hollow ground slicing 9″

  • hrk  on  January 1, 2021

    Buckwheat buttermilk bread

  • roxlet  on  January 1, 2021

    Sourdough brioche

  • hrk  on  January 1, 2021

    Premier Paring 4″

  • FireRunner2379  on  January 1, 2021

    I’d try the Cinnamon raisin pan loaf and the Beignets.

  • JRumi  on  January 1, 2021

    Red onion focaccia

  • JRumi  on  January 1, 2021

    Classic 8” chef knife

  • FireRunner2379  on  January 1, 2021

    I would love to own a Classic Bread 9″ knife.

  • jinni  on  January 1, 2021

    Pane alla zucca i’ll make it with some kuri squash.

  • jinni  on  January 1, 2021

    Shun kitchen shears

  • RSW  on  January 1, 2021

    Bagels

  • RSW  on  January 1, 2021

    Any of the Santoku

  • Angel8  on  January 1, 2021

    interesting

  • debbiehb  on  January 1, 2021

    Chocolate chunk biscotti

  • debbiehb  on  January 1, 2021

    Sora Chef’s 8″

  • Kziegenmier  on  January 1, 2021

    Spelt sourdough boule.

  • Kziegenmier  on  January 1, 2021

    Shun bread knife

  • steelecupp  on  January 1, 2021

    Georgia Peach Bread

  • ravensfan  on  January 1, 2021

    Bagels

  • ravensfan  on  January 1, 2021

    Classic Master Utility 6.5″

  • LaurenE  on  January 1, 2021

    Classic 8 Pc Student Set

  • LaurenE  on  January 1, 2021

    Artichoke fougasse

  • Siegal  on  January 2, 2021

    Panettone di Vetri

  • Siegal  on  January 2, 2021

    Classic Master Utility 6.5″

  • sequoia55  on  January 2, 2021

    prune scones

  • sequoia55  on  January 2, 2021

    Classic Blonde Santoku 7 Inch

  • dbranigan27  on  January 2, 2021

    I would try the Rosemary cornetti .

  • dbranigan27  on  January 2, 2021

    We could use the Classic Master Utility 6.5″.

  • BMeyer  on  January 2, 2021

    bread knife

  • vickster  on  January 2, 2021

    Simple Sourdough Table Bread

  • vickster  on  January 2, 2021

    Shun: Classic blonde paring knife

  • leilx  on  January 2, 2021

    Fried rye crackers sound yummy as does red onion focaccia

  • leilx  on  January 2, 2021

    Classic blond Santoku or the 5 piece set.

  • jshippee  on  January 2, 2021

    Must perfect pita!

  • SenseiHeidi  on  January 2, 2021

    Seeded Schwartzbrot

  • jshippee  on  January 2, 2021

    Dual Core Yanagiba 10.5″

  • debgonewest  on  January 2, 2021

    Panettone!

  • debgonewest  on  January 2, 2021

    Premier Nakiri 5.5″

  • clairew137  on  January 2, 2021

    Sourdough baguette

  • clairew137  on  January 2, 2021

    Sourdough baguette for me.

  • gilmonster  on  January 2, 2021

    sourdough brioche

  • gilmonster  on  January 2, 2021

    Classic Blonde 5 Pc Starter Block Set

  • Kblg  on  January 2, 2021

    Bagels

  • Kblg  on  January 2, 2021

    Classic Master Utility 6.5″

  • Shelley.b  on  January 2, 2021

    Ted onion foccacia

  • Shelley.b  on  January 2, 2021

    Sora

  • Emwitting  on  January 3, 2021

    Batards…any, and the Shun bread knife

  • Sand9  on  January 3, 2021

    Omni Bread x

  • acecil  on  January 3, 2021

    artichoke fougasse!!

  • acecil  on  January 3, 2021

    Classic paring or utility knife

  • JessHeilman  on  January 4, 2021

    sourdough brioche, classic blonde chef’s knife

  • JessHeilman  on  January 4, 2021

    Classic blonde chef’s knife

  • Jennalynn  on  January 4, 2021

    Rye Bread! I’ve been working on my rye lately

  • Jennalynn  on  January 4, 2021

    Hope to win this one!

  • hbakke  on  January 5, 2021

    Oven-dried tomato stecca

  • hbakke  on  January 5, 2021

    Kanso Hollow Ground Nakiri 6.5″

  • eveaway  on  January 5, 2021

    Spelt pretzels, bagels, and deli rye all sound great! Thank you!

  • Nintentoy  on  January 5, 2021

    I have always wanted to make baguettes

  • thecharlah  on  January 5, 2021

    Bagels

  • thecharlah  on  January 5, 2021

    Kanso Hollow Ground Santoku 7″

  • sarahawker  on  January 6, 2021

    Pumpernickel

  • sarahawker  on  January 6, 2021

    Classic Chef’s 8″

  • redcurrant  on  January 7, 2021

    Eggplant caponata

  • redcurrant  on  January 7, 2021

    Shun kitchen shears

  • amylou61  on  January 7, 2021

    I’d like to try the Red Onion Focaccia

  • amylou61  on  January 7, 2021

    I’d like the Shima Natural 4pc Steak Knife Set

  • laurencooks  on  January 7, 2021

    I’d make the artichoke fougasse!

  • laurencooks  on  January 7, 2021

    Would love the Shun bread knife

  • LeMinou  on  January 7, 2021

    Deli rye

  • LeMinou  on  January 7, 2021

    Shun kitchen shears

  • mpdeb98  on  January 7, 2021

    Cinnamon raisin pan loaf

  • mpdeb98  on  January 7, 2021

    Shun bread knife

  • upstatemissy  on  January 7, 2021

    I would love to make the pita recipe. We really enjoy pita here and I can only think homemade would be so much better.

  • upstatemissy  on  January 7, 2021

    I would love to have the Shun 8″ blonde classic chefs knife.

  • marsmomma  on  January 8, 2021

    I would love to make English muffins and learn how to shape a boule.

  • marsmomma  on  January 8, 2021

    Classic Chef’s 8″

  • Gardengz  on  January 8, 2021

    Shun

  • Gardengz  on  January 8, 2021

    Rye

  • dusksunset  on  January 8, 2021

    Deli rye bread

  • dusksunset  on  January 8, 2021

    7″ Santoku

  • banba1  on  January 8, 2021

    Pain Normand

  • banba1  on  January 8, 2021

    Classic Blonde Chef’s 8″

  • Jtdodd  on  January 8, 2021

    I would love to learn how to make a sourdough starter!!

  • Dannausc  on  January 8, 2021

    English muffins

  • Dannausc  on  January 8, 2021

    Premier chef’s 8”

  • MeerkatSilverleaf  on  January 8, 2021

    Premier Kiritsuke 8”.

  • MeerkatSilverleaf  on  January 8, 2021

    Olive Filone.

  • hillsboroks  on  January 8, 2021

    I would try the apricot pecan couronne

  • hillsboroks  on  January 8, 2021

    I would love the Syun bread knife

  • t.t  on  January 8, 2021

    Pane di Genzano

  • t.t  on  January 8, 2021

    Dual Core Nakiri 6.5″

  • InAHealthyKitchen  on  January 9, 2021

    Making and shaping a batard

  • InAHealthyKitchen  on  January 9, 2021

    Sora 2 piece chef’s set

  • say  on  January 9, 2021

    Sourdough baguette

  • RickPearson54  on  January 9, 2021

    deli rye

  • RickPearson54  on  January 9, 2021

    Classic 8 piece student set

  • Laura1  on  January 9, 2021

    red onion foccacia

  • Laura1  on  January 9, 2021

    Classic 8 Pc Student Set

  • sqsyed  on  January 9, 2021

    Since I’m new to bread & sourdough baking, & have a sweet tooth, I would start off with the cinnamon raisin pan loaf.

  • sqsyed  on  January 9, 2021

    Classic Chef’s 10’

  • CatsintheKitchen  on  January 10, 2021

    Potato Bread

  • CatsintheKitchen  on  January 10, 2021

    Classic Blonde Chef’s 8″

  • virjeania  on  January 10, 2021

    i would make Olive filone

  • virjeania  on  January 10, 2021

    I would love to have the Classic 7 Pc Essential Block Set

  • MarciK  on  January 10, 2021

    Herb tart (Torta d’erbe)

  • MarciK  on  January 10, 2021

    Classic bread knife

  • gladysbaker  on  January 11, 2021

    Bread is the most difficult to perfect

  • ChicagoJen  on  January 11, 2021

    How to shape a baguette – I wish my bread could look as nice as it tastes!

  • ChicagoJen  on  January 11, 2021

    Kanso Chef’s knife

  • BFG  on  January 13, 2021

    Prune Scones or Deli Rye!

  • Dhasenkampf  on  January 14, 2021

    Sourdough brioche

  • Dhasenkampf  on  January 14, 2021

    Classic Meat Cleaver

  • moralla  on  January 14, 2021

    English muffins

  • moralla  on  January 14, 2021

    Kanso Bread Knife

  • jhejhejhejhe  on  January 16, 2021

    Bagels

  • jhejhejhejhe  on  January 16, 2021

    Premier Nikiri

  • Ren23  on  January 16, 2021

    Spelt Pretzels

  • Ren23  on  January 16, 2021

    Classic Master Utility 6.5″

  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  January 16, 2021

    Sourdough brioche.

  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  January 16, 2021

    Honestly I would be happy with any of their knives as mine are 25 years old, but I am I love with the Classic Hollow Ground Santoku 7″.

  • Warchild26  on  January 19, 2021

    Pita

  • southerncooker  on  January 19, 2021

    Simple sourdough table bread

  • southerncooker  on  January 19, 2021

    Seki Magoroku 10,000 Series 8-in. Chef’s Knife

  • kelrific  on  January 21, 2021

    I’d make the red onion focaccia!

  • kelrific  on  January 21, 2021

    Intrigued by the classic 9″ bread knife from Shun

  • cellenly  on  January 21, 2021

    Shun Santoku 7″

  • cellenly  on  January 21, 2021

    Deli Rye

  • topdawg11  on  January 22, 2021

    Hoagie rolls

  • topdawg11  on  January 22, 2021

    Classic Blond 5 pc set

  • linmulholland  on  January 23, 2021

    Brioche!

  • linmulholland  on  January 23, 2021

    I love the Shun chef’s knives!

  • Shelmar  on  January 24, 2021

    Red onion focaccia

  • Shelmar  on  January 24, 2021

    Premier Ltd. Ed. Vegetable Knife

  • melspot  on  January 26, 2021

    I would read anything on sourdough, my latest obsession. Horse Bread?? look interesting,

  • melspot  on  January 26, 2021

    Tramezzini

  • melspot  on  January 26, 2021

    Classic Clip Point Pairing knife

  • GreenhouseCheryl  on  January 27, 2021

    Love Shun!

  • sallansd  on  January 27, 2021

    the Potato bread recipe looks yummy!

  • sallansd  on  January 27, 2021

    I really could use a serrated knife like the Sora Bread 9″

  • aesop57  on  January 28, 2021

    Would love to try the potato bread recipe

  • atesari  on  January 28, 2021

    Shun classic blond bread knife

  • Jw4144  on  January 28, 2021

    Bagels

  • Bmorefoodie  on  January 28, 2021

    Pita

  • Lafauvette  on  January 28, 2021

    red onion focaccia

  • Lafauvette  on  January 28, 2021

    classic meat cleaver

  • bearhugitout  on  January 28, 2021

    Ursa baguette

  • bearhugitout  on  January 28, 2021

    Kanso Asian Utility Knife

  • kellymolly  on  January 29, 2021

    yum

  • slypigla  on  January 29, 2021

    Shin bread knife

  • LABeachGal  on  January 29, 2021

    Lemon durum cake sounds delicious!

  • LABeachGal  on  January 29, 2021

    I would love their Classic Chef’s 8″ knife!

  • riley  on  January 29, 2021

    Fennel orange biscotti

  • riley  on  January 29, 2021

    Sora 2-piece chef’s set

  • Patoliv1312  on  January 30, 2021

    Fennel orange biscotti

  • fbrunetti  on  February 2, 2021

    Olive oil durum rolls

  • fbrunetti  on  February 2, 2021

    Kanso Hollow Ground Santoku

  • Tlmouse  on  February 5, 2021

    bagels!

  • Tlmouse  on  February 5, 2021

    6.5” Master Utility Knife would be an awesome addition to my knife collection!

  • trayceetee  on  February 6, 2021

    The first recipe I’d make from this book (or that I’d ATTEMPT to make–I’m not so good at breads….) would be Simple sourdough table bread. LOVE me a good sourdough!!!

  • YumYum21  on  February 12, 2021

    sourdough starter

  • HomespunHouse  on  February 12, 2021

    Bagels

  • HomespunHouse  on  February 12, 2021

    Classic blond starter set

  • Leonard5854  on  February 13, 2021

    Prune scones

  • GreenhouseCheryl  on  February 13, 2021

    Kanso 3 Pc Starter Set

  • lhudson  on  February 14, 2021

    All Rye, love rye bread and have never tried to make it.

  • LeePicard  on  February 16, 2021

    Ursa Challah. I make Challah most weeks. Always fun to try something new and I’d love the bread knife to cut it with!

  • nvernon  on  February 17, 2021

    Honey durum batard

  • nvernon  on  February 17, 2021

    Seki Magoroku 10,000 Series 6.5-In. Nakiri

  • EmilyR  on  February 17, 2021

    Red Onion Focaccia

  • EmilyR  on  February 17, 2021

    Shun Santoku 7″

  • NaomiH  on  February 18, 2021

    Pain Normand

  • NaomiH  on  February 18, 2021

    Kanso 3 Pc Starter Set

  • TammyDee  on  February 19, 2021

    The red onion focaccia sounds amazing. I’d try that first.

  • TammyDee  on  February 19, 2021

    I like the classic slicing knives, like the 10″ premiere knife.

  • TheMaven  on  February 22, 2021

    I would love to learn to make English muffins.

  • TheMaven  on  February 22, 2021

    I would love to own a Shun bread knife.

  • cooks4therapy  on  February 22, 2021

    Brioche

  • cooks4therapy  on  February 22, 2021

    Classic Kiritsuke 8″ knife

  • LEKcookbooks  on  February 22, 2021

    The red onion focaccia

  • LEKcookbooks  on  February 22, 2021

    I’d love a classic chef’s knife

  • vhfvhf  on  February 23, 2021

    Deli rye

  • sarahteertzah  on  February 25, 2021

    I’d make Ursa challah first

  • sarahteertzah  on  February 25, 2021

    Classic Blonde Chef’s 8″

  • vhfvhf  on  February 27, 2021

    Classic Blonde Paring 3.5″

  • ewalsh40  on  February 28, 2021

    I think I would do Spelt pretzels first

  • ewalsh40  on  February 28, 2021

    I would love the “Premier Ltd. Ed. Vegetable Knife 3”

  • nyserge  on  March 2, 2021

    Squid ink brioche

  • nyserge  on  March 2, 2021

    Dual Core Kiritsuke 8″

  • jeffk24  on  March 2, 2021

    Honey durum batard

  • KarenDel  on  March 4, 2021

    Hoagie rolls

  • KarenDel  on  March 4, 2021

    Classic Blonde Paring 3.5″

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