It's a good idea to learn the correct way to hold a chef's knife, and how to grip the food with your other hand to avoid cutting yourself and also so that your hand doesn't get tired.
But beyond safety, good knife skills help improve the quality of the food you cook by ensuring uniform cooking times and making the finished dish look nicer. Check out this collection of articles, tutorials and how-tos to help you practice your knife skills. Think of it as a sort of Knife Skills 101.
Also, here are a few more resources on some culinary arts basics:
- The Mother Sauces
- How to Cook a Steak
- How to Roast Meat
- How to Poach a Chicken
- All About Food Safety
- Measuring Ingredients for Baking