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  • ...I once decided, for some reason I still do not quite understand, that cutting a large Tootsie Roll was best done with a nice sharp razor blade. Tootsie Rolls are a bit greasy, so when I attempted a gentle tug to get the blade unstuck I slid right out of the Tootsie Roll and whacked a huge deep gash in 3 of my fingertips on my left hand.

    This was years ago, but it was sufficiently deep that a thick, obvious scar lays across the middle fingerprint, and two less obvious ones match the arc if I curl my fin


    You are what you think.
  • Is Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential []. According to him, professional cooks take pride in all their "war wounds".

    It's a pretty good book overall: pretty funny in places, although it may make you think twice about eating in restaurants.

  • if I don't get at least 5 cuts on my fingers doing kitchen work.

    I keep all my knives razorsharp, so the cuts are nice and clean and heal quickly. The worst was one day when my hand slipped while useing the 'mandolin': a nice row of gashes with 3.5 mm separation over back of 4 fingers, between 2nd and 3rd knucles - ouch.

    Just as only nonproductive programmers don't make mistakes, only non-chefs dont get cut or burnt - but it still hurts though.

    • Ouch! I thought grating my thumb would hurt. I couldn't imagine what running my hand over a mandolin would do.

      I would hate to think how many cuts I would get if I was a line cook. Then again my technique and speed would improve or I would start losing fingers. :-)