So about a week before NaNoWriMo started, I booted up Netflix again to discover that ‘Salt Fat Acid Heat’ of cookbook stardom had a Netflix documentary iteration staring it’s creator, Samin Nosrat. It was this show that inspired me to make our December cookbook of the month Samin Nosrat’s book of the same name. The more I sat down to watch Samin explore the world of food based upon her essential elements of cooking, the more I realized that this may be the book for me.
I binge through everything. I watched the new Netflix season of Great British Baking Show in three days. If I baked as much as I watch TV, my husband and I would be grossly overweight (I’m already getting there, but that’s besides the point). Sitting down to watch Samin cook and explore food in places like Italy and Japan is an inspiring experience for any budding chef or home cook.
She begins her cookbook stating that it is not your average cookbook, and after seeing her documentary, I can believe it. Following her philosophy of cooking in my own kitchen will be a delight. There are, however, several recipes she considers experiments in the four separate elements of cooking. We’ll be going to play with salt, fat, acid, and heat several times over the next month.
Now you may be wondering whatever became of Momofuku for November. I’ll be honest, I didn’t cook a single dish out of it. November was a very busy month for me keeping up with NaNoWriMo, and the dishes in Dave Chang’s book require such a lengthy amount of time to create the stocks that I could not give it the proper dues. We’ll return to it after the holidays.
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