Improve Your Home Cooking with 'Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat'

A woman reads from "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat" while preparing a meal.
"Salt, Fat, Acid Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking" by Samin Nosrat saved our columnist's home-cooked meal.

I am one of those people who likes to cook (because I love to eat) and can follow a recipe, but, sometimes, it just isn’t tasty. This happened to me recently with a pot of soup. To say it was bland is being kind. Then, I remembered the book I had read recently by Samin Nosrat, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking, and it saved the meal. I put in a splash of cider vinegar (acid), and it totally changed the taste of my soup. My husband loved it (and he hates soup), and I finally felt like a “real chef.”

The book is an easy read. Nosrat was an English major in college, so she knows how to write. She also knows food, as she apprenticed under Alice Waters of Chez Panisse fame. In case you don’t like reading cookbooks, you can catch her Netflix show of the same name. For all the foodies and wannabes out there, this is a must read.

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