Originally Posted by jazzybadger
Yep, knife skills are probably the most important thing when it comes to home cooking, at least in my opinion. Quality ingredients, marrying of flavors, being able to construct a recipe all on your own are all important too, but lack of any of these things don't end up with chunks of your finger falling to the floor, and blood spurting all over your high quality ingredients that are about to be married to perfection.
Knife skills prevent the self mutilation but it also enforces that you need to keep your cuts as uniform as possible for even cooking. This way you don't end up with some uncooked, cooked, and overcooked pieces of food in a single pot.