Today I was enjoying one of my favourite pastimes: browsing books at Foyles (not just books)
I came across the lovely book by Samin Nosrat “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heath – Mastering the elements of Good Cooking” illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton. While cooking at Chez Panisse at the start of her career, Samin Nosrat noticed that amid the chaos of the kitchen there were four key principles that her fellow chefs would always fall back on to make their food better: Salt, Fat, Acid and Heat.
By mastering these four variables, Samin found the confidence to trust her instincts in the kitchen and cook delicious meals with any ingredients. And with her simple but revolutionary method, she has taught masterclasses to give both professionals and amateurs the skills to cook instinctively.
Whether you want to balance your vinaigrette, perfectly caramelise your roasted vegetables or braise meltingly tender stews, Samin’s canon of 100 essential recipes and their dozens of variations will teach you how.
It’s such an interesting reading, I look forward to a rainy Sunday to immerse myself in this awesome book.
Samin Nosrat is a writer, teacher, and chef. She’s been cooking professionally since 2000, when she first stumbled into the kitchen at Chez Panisse restaurant. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Bon Appétit, and the Guardian. Samin lives in Berkeley, California. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is her first book. A documentary series based on this book is now streaming on Netflix. Samin is now working on her second book: What to cook.
Wendy MacNaughton is a New York Times-bestselling illustrator and graphic journalist whose books include Meanwhile in San Francisco (Chronicle) and Knives & Ink (Bloomsbury). She lives in San Francisco with her partner, several four-legged animals, and a well-used kitchen.
Discover more: www.ciaosamin.com
“There are only four basic factors that determine how good your food will taste: salt, which enhances flavor; fat, which amplifies flavor and makes appealing textures possible; acid, which brightens and balances; and heat, which ultimately determines the texture of food” – Samin Nosrat