Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

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Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

Samin Nosrat, the visionary behind Salt Fat Acid Heat, tastes different ages of parmesan on a tour of the effect of fat on Italian cuisine.

Samin Nosrat, the visionary behind Salt Fat Acid Heat, tastes different ages of parmesan on a tour of the effect of fat on Italian cuisine.

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Samin Nosrat, the visionary behind Salt Fat Acid Heat, tastes different ages of parmesan on a tour of the effect of fat on Italian cuisine.

Netflix

Netflix

Samin Nosrat, the visionary behind Salt Fat Acid Heat, tastes different ages of parmesan on a tour of the effect of fat on Italian cuisine.

Julianna Crawford, Staff Reporter

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Cooking is one of the most daunting tasks anyone can undertake. The wave of cookbooks and TV shows offer a multitude of fanciful ingredients and recipes that are a struggle to recreate. As a lover of all things food related, I have watched an abundance of cooking shows, but nothing has ever inspired me as much as Salt Fat Acid Heat. Based on Samin Nosrat’s award-winning book, this show focuses more on the methodology of why food tastes great rather than how to create the dish. According to Nosrat’s ideology, all great food revolves around mastering the four tenets of salt, fat, acid, and heat. It sounds extremely simple and frankly it is, but no other chef has ever phrased their expertise in such a way to the general public. Perhaps the greatest credit to Samin Nosrat is how easy her information is to consume. Mingled with the classic tropes of all cooking-travel TV shows, such as a visit to an Italian parmesan factory, are unique experiences and vital details related to the creation of excellent food. You learn without the feeling of learning.

In the wake of Anthony Bourdain’s death, a gaping hole was left in the television market. Samin Nosrat easily fills this space and more while creating a show that invites the audience to participate and improve their cooking.Whenever I watched Bourdain’s show, everything seemed so unattainable like I was watching a dream of a life I would never live and food I would never get to enjoy. While watching Salt Fat Acid Heat, I never once experienced that unsettling feeling. Even while watching a Mexican grandmother in the Yucatan cook a family meal over a fire, the experience felt entirely attainable. Samin Nosrat has quickly become my favorite chef with her infectious laugh and genuine joy of food while simultaneously sending a great invitation out to all; you can create magnificent food, too. If you are at all interested in the science behind what makes food great, I would highly recommend Salt Fat Acid Heat on Netflix or to purchase the book on Amazon while it is on sale.

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Julianna Crawford, Staff Reporter

Julianna Crawford is currently a senior at Wade Hampton who enjoys hanging out with friends and listening to music. She re-joined the staff this year after...

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