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Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking Hardcover – 25 April 2017

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  • Hardcover : 480 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1476753830
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1476753836
  • Language: : English
  • Customer reviews:
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"Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is a wildly informative, new-generation, culinary resource. Samin Nosrat's wealth of experience comes together here in a pitch perfect combination of charm, narrative, straight-talk, illustration, and inspiration. Ticking all the boxes for new and seasoned cooks alike, this book meets you wherever you are in the kitchen, in all the right ways."--Heidi Swanson, New York Times bestselling author of Super Natural Cooking

"Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is a refreshing break from [the] contemporary formula. Instantly recognizable as a reference book, Samin Nosrat's definitive technique-driven tome defies convention. This is partly because Nosrat's method of teaching via the book's four main pillars (salt, fat, acid, and heat) is a rarity...But what makes Nosrat's method so effective was her insistence that the book be illustrated.-- "Saveur.com"

"Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is a must for anyone wanting to be a better cook. Samin Nosrat, along with Wendy MacNaughton's fun illustrations, teaches the fundamentals of cooking and dives into the four elements that make food taste great. So do yourself a favor and buy this book. I promise you won't regret it."--April Bloomfield, James Beard award-winning chef and author of A Girl and Her Pig

"Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is a very important book not because it contains many excellent recipes, although it does, or because it is written by a Chez Panisse alum, although it is. It is important because it gives home cooks a compass with which to navigate their own kitchens, and it places trust in them that they will be able to use that compass. Samin's easygoing, cook-by-feel approach is never condescending or elitist. It is a step towards cooking without recipes and true empowerment (and joy!) in the kitchen."--John Becker and Megan Scott, 4th generation stewards of the New York Times bestselling Joy of Cooking

"[Nosrat] writes with great wit. We need more cooks like her."
-- "Minneapolis Star Tribune"

"[This book] will be valuable for either a beginner or a seasoned cook. Unlike similar manuals, Nosrat's volume has hit upon a theory not only easy to remember, but also fun to learn in practice. Even more fun: the accompanying art by Wendy MacNaughton, which illustrates flavor wheels and pairing matrices."-- "Eater"

"A gorgeously illustrated guide that will make you much more confident in the kitchen."-- "Edible Manhattan"

"A thorough but engagingly intimate graduate course in the four most transformative tools in the cook's arsenal. Understanding how the elements of a dish aid in its metamorphosis equips cooks to make the most of any ingredients. Its thoughtful explorations make it impossible to read without becoming a better cook."
-- "Buffalo News"

"All you need to master the kitchen are the four elements laid out in this Joyfully illustrated book's title. Nosrat, who's been called 'America's next great cooking teacher' by Alice Waters and taught Michael Pollan how to cook, is a more than trustworthy instructor."-- "Tasting Table"

"An approach to food science that's both accessible and entertaining."
-- "Shelf Awareness for Readers"

About the Author

Samin Nosrat is a writer, teacher, and chef. Called "a go-to resource for matching the correct techniques with the best ingredients" by The New York Times, and "the next Julia Child" by NPR's All Things Considered, she's been cooking professionally since 2000, when she first stumbled into the kitchen at Chez Panisse restaurant. She lives, cooks, surfs, and gardens in Berkeley, California. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is her first book.

Wendy MacNaughton is a New York Times bestselling illustrator and graphic journalist whose books include Meanwhile in San Francisco (Chronicle), Pen & Ink (Bloomsbury). The Gutsy Girl (Bloomsbury), and The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Her work appears in publications like The New York Times, Lucky Peach, Bon App├ętit, AFAR Magazine, and elsewhere. She is the back page columnist for The California Sunday Magazine.

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