Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking

A visionary new master class in cooking that distills decades of professional experience into just four simple elements, from the woman declared ?America?s next great cooking teacher? by Alice Waters. In the tradition of The Joy of Cooking and How to Cook Everything comes Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, an ambitious new approach to cooking by a major new culinary voice. Chef and wri A visionary new master class in cooking that distills decades of professional experience into just four simple ...

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Title:Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
Author:Samin Nosrat
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Genres:Food and Drink
ISBN:Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:480 pages pages

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking Reviews

  • Erin
    Apr 18, 2018
    I was not a fan of the wide-eyed "well golly!" tone of the author's writing/reading (listened to this book as an audiobook). I felt completely talked down to, and for the first two sections I gleaned very little that I did not already know. The acid section gave me some new pointers, a...
  • Michelle Morrell
    May 06, 2019
    Some I knew, some I didn't, and this gave me a great holistic view of how the four elements work together. I have definitely been under-salting. Fear my super new pot roast! ...
  • Rachel
    Jan 25, 2018
    I usually don't review cookbooks on Goodreads... but maybe I should? This cookbook had a "required reading" section before allowing readers to make any of the recipes. I kind of resented this, but I read it anyway. Nosrat writes relatably about her journey in understanding cooking intu...
  • Sarah
    Dec 14, 2016
    What a great idea for a cookbook! I feel like this should be required reading for anyone even marginally interested in cooking. For one thing, it's fascinating, and very well written. But perhaps more importantly, Ms. Nosrat provides a non-intimidating guide to correcting the mistakes ...
  • Chessa
    Apr 04, 2017
    Full review at Leveled Up Reading I love a good cookbook, but Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat goes beyond the normal boundaries of the genre. I would almost say that this book is like the kosher salt in your kitchen - it's going to enhance alllll the other recipes and cookbooks in your life....
  • Cynthia
    Jun 07, 2017
    I bought this after seeing her at an author talk. She's INCREDIBLY fun and lively and the book is wonderfully illustrated. She brings a lot of cooking experience, humor, and scientific knowledge to her explanation of how an understanding of the four basics of salt, fat, acid and heat c...
  • Anita Pomerantz
    Nov 27, 2017
    Definitely learned some new tricks, but I thought the salt and fat and heat sections were stronger than the acid section, where I need the most help! I think the concept of balance still feels elusive and that is what I want to learn. But I definitely moved in the right direction and m...
  • Ryan
    Mar 04, 2019
    I was always intrigued by this book but I didn?t know exactly what it was. Was it food writing? Fiction? Stories from a kitchen? Children?s book about four characters names Salt, Fat, Acid, and Heat? Ok, I knew it wasn?t the last one for sure. This book is an indispensable book f...
  • Mehrsa
    Dec 04, 2017
    I was frustrated by this book. But it was also fantastic. Why it's good: It's just an excellent explanation for cooking and a great way to view the whole enterprise. I love cooking and am pretty decent at making the stuff I like, but there was a lot in here that you get intuitively...
  • Donna
    Sep 27, 2017
    I can see why my friend enjoyed this book so much.....it taught more of the principles of cooking, not just recipes. ...
  • Gigi
    Oct 07, 2017
    This book was exactly what I needed on my culinary journey. I've been teaching myself to cook over the last six years through books, cooking classes, and experimentation, but I've encountered gaps in my knowledge that I didn't know how to fill. This book showed me the light! I now unde...
  • Bonny
    Jul 03, 2017
    Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat does offer an interesting way to think about the preparation of food, but I didn't find it ?indispensable? or one that I ?can't imagine living without? as Michael Pollan writes in the foreword. Author Samin Nosrat tells us that ?there are only four basic...
  • C
    Jul 23, 2017
    This book is flat-out genius and more than deserves all the praise it received. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is far from a normal cookbook: Nosrat uses approachable, funny prose and helpful drawings to explain the basics of cooking and baking by considering the elements of salt, fat, acid, an...
  • Melanie
    Dec 04, 2017
    3.5 stars. This book deserved a better rating that what I'm giving it. It's a really informative yet accessible explanation of four of the essential elements of cooking. The author talks about how to use salt, fact, acid, and heat for all different kinds of cooking. The reason I didn't...
  • Bonnie Brandt
    Feb 20, 2018
    I loved this ?cookbook?. It is not a book full of recipes. It is a book that teaches you how to cook. I like to cook and bake but always said I have more of an eye for a recipe than someone who can just throw things together and make them taste delicious. This book changed that....
  • Cheryl
    Jan 16, 2019
    My middle son wants this. I haven't seen it yet. I see one reviewer says that she appreciates the tutorial, and that her main takeaway is "when in doubt, add more salt." Since that is *terrible* advice (Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us anyone? Hypertension? Edema?) for th...
  • Hesper
    Aug 22, 2018
    Kind of disappointing overall, but that's a relative opinion. I'm pretty sure the value of this rises in direct proportion to how little time the reader has spent cooking & learning about food prior to picking this up, and how much patience one has for the story part of recipe blog...
  • Gretchen Alice
    Jul 23, 2017
    This is really more of a textbook than a cookbook. Understanding the principles behind salt, fat, acid, and heat legit helped me level up as a cook. I think differently about cooking now and I'm very grateful to Samin Nosrat. Wendy MacNaughton's charming illustrations make this volume ...
  • Ariel ✨
    Feb 26, 2018
    If you order takeout for every meal or have a personal chef, feel free to ignore this book. Everyone else on the planet, do yourselves a favor and read her first four chapters! I consider myself a decent cook for an untrained young adult with mediocre cookware, but Samin Nosrat blew my...
  • Suzanne
    May 29, 2019
    This book is great for explaining the science of cooking and breaks it down into simpler terms. It?s a fantastic book for anyone who loves to cook! ...
  • Sara
    Jul 02, 2017
    Definitely a new classic! ...
  • Callum McAllister
    Feb 12, 2018
    Yup, I read this cookbook from start to finish. And, yup: it's really really good. It has a lot about meat but is still great reference for the vegetarian, particularly in going through techniques and the various flavour charts throughout the book, which show which flavours you might w...
  • Srujan
    Apr 08, 2019
    A bit of a disclaimer about my rating. It is purely for the first 45% or so of the book. Being a book on food the rest is filled with detailed recipes with very helpful detailing and a very science-ey, logical approach to cooking. Like simple things as when to salt things, salt tougher...
  • Kimberlee
    Jun 03, 2018
    I learned some things from this book, like how to properly salt food. But it was also very repetitive and I wasn't overly inspired by the recipe selection. ...
  • Gina
    Dec 20, 2017
    This book is so interesting! I never read regular cook books because I just Google specific recipes when I need to. This book is a "how to cook book" or cooking theory. There are lots of things that seem obvious once I read them (like places that have meadows for grazing use lots of bu...
  • Juli Anna
    Apr 18, 2017
    I do not purchase cookbooks lightly, but I will be seeking out a copy of this one. I will also be enthusiastically recommending this book to everyone I know with a kitchen and tastebuds. This is the rare cookbook that transcends boundaries of cooking experience, background, and persona...
  • Alanna Why
    Mar 10, 2019
    I have only made the scrambled eggs recipe from this so far (lol) but this was a really fantastic and informative cookbook! The first half explains the four elements of good cooking and how to use them. I have always been looking for a cooking basics book that explains what makes thing...
  • Adrienne
    Jan 25, 2019
    Fabulous! I saw Samin Nostrat on Netflix, loved her, loved all the wonderful information she offered to everyone who cooks. I just read and savored her book. I learned things I never even thought about. All exciting,useful and important information, for everyone who cooks! Wonderful bo...
  • Luca
    Jul 15, 2018
    Life changing. Absolutely must read, no matter how much of an experienced cook you are. ...
  • Isabelle Leo
    Jan 11, 2019
    Wow!! So clear and so straightforward, so well structured! I really feel like I'm going to retain the facts she taught me, the underlying principles, and the values - experimentation, practice, trusting my senses. I can't wait to start cooking the recipes in the back. I know I will ref...