SALT, FAT, ACID, HEAT Cover Reveal & Giveaway

Four years ago, Wendy MacNaughton and I began collaborating on Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat.  Along the way, we convinced Alvaro Villanueva to take on the monumental task of designing a 500-some-odd page book that aims to break all of the rules.  In other words, with these two, I've won the creative collaborator lottery.  (In my moments of deepest despair, I repeatedly told myself, "Well, at least the book will look good.")

Today, the book is finally available for pre-order and I get to share a little sample of our work with everyone--and tell you the backstory--and I couldn't be any happier about it.  

Here's my kitchen:

When Wendy and I started working together, I had the idea for her to draw my kitchen for the endpapers.  The drawing could function as both a list of kitchen essentials, and as a way to welcome the reader into my kitchen upon opening the book.  

A few months ago, Wendy and Alvaro came over so she could draw the kitchen.  Real talk: the shelves don't usually look that organized.  W & A, with their great visual editing skills, styled the shelves so they'd look great.  I can't tell you how long they spent turning that huge wooden spoon to just the right angle.  The only thing I did was make sure all of my kitchen essentials made it into the frame.  I also included as many meaningful gifts from friends as I could--my friend Tiffany made the mug holding the parsley and the bowl holding the tomatoes, Dario Cecchini gave me that red and white twine, my best friend Aaron brought me the paprika from Hungary, the lemon juicer, and the wooden spoons from Peru and Mexico, my friends Suzanne and Siew-Chin gave me that beautiful bain-marie for my 30th birthday.  

When we were done organizing, we took a look at my long pantry shelves and realized they'd also look great on the cover--we could even wrap them around the spine onto the back of the book!  Wendy kicked us out of the kitchen, put on her headphones, and drew for almost 3 hours straight.  I was afraid she'd emerge with carpal tunnel syndrome.

She went home and painted, and then we got to designing. Bringing as many people I love and respect as possible into my work has always been a priority. Getting to include Michael and Alice, Wendy and Alvaro, and all of the friends who've contributed to my kitchen collection on the cover of my book brings me incredible joy (we even worked in a nod to Julia Child with the subtitle!).  I'm thrilled with with the end result, and I can't wait to share the rest of the book with all of you come April!     

Some folks I admire took a look at the book recently.  Here's some of what they had to say:

"As I write, this book hasn’t even been published yet, but already it feels indispensable.  That must sound over-the-top, I know, but I honestly can’t remember the last time I read a book on cooking that was this useful or unusual. I suspect that’s because reading Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat feels less like being in the pages of a cookbook than at a really good cooking school..."—from the foreword by Michael Pollan, New York Times bestselling author of The Omnivore's Dilemma

“This beautiful, approachable book not only teaches you how to cook, but captures how it should feel to cook: full of exploration, spontaneity and joy. Samin is one of the great teachers I know, and wins people over to cooking with real food—organic, seasonal, and alive—with her irrepressible enthusiasm and curiosity.” —Alice Waters, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Simple Food

“Like the amazing meals that come out of Samin Nosrat’s kitchen, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is the perfect mixture of highest quality ingredients: powerful storytelling and art, clear science, and infectious love of food. Nosrat's prose combined with Wendy MacNaughton’s beautiful illustrations are a perfect guide to employing the science of cooking for maximum deliciousness.”  —Rebecca Skloot, New York Times bestselling author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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

“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

The book won't be out until April 2017, but you can preorder now from any of these fine retailers (or your local independent bookstore): 

Sign up for my mailing list and follow along on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter to hear all of the SFAH news in the coming months...Wendy and I are cooking up giveaways, events, classes, and all sorts of good stuff!  

Special thanks to my editors, Emily Graff and Marysue Rucci, and all of the powers that be at Simon & Schuster for your patience, support, and guidance!  I doubt an author has ever loved a cover as much as I do this one.  

And to celebrate, a GIVEAWAY:

To celebrate this momentous occasion (trust me, when you write a 500-page book, every single milestone is momentous), I'm giving away a beautiful kitchen staple, courtesy of Staub USA.  (Thanks, guys!)

I chose this two-handled cast iron pan for its versatility and usefulness.  I can't tell you how many recipes in my book involve a cast iron skillet--and this one is especially gorgeous.  From roasting a chicken to sautéing green beans to baking a cobbler to making tomato confit, a pan like this is indispensable.  

The winner of the pan is @tifamade, for A lovely shot of her butcher block.  Get in touch with me, tiffany, and we'll get you your pan! 


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It Was All A Dream

At the beginning of October, I spent a week and a half at World's End Farm.  I'm not sure there is a more magical place in the world.  

My friend Sarah is the creative visionary behind Saipua and World's End Farm (and together with our friend Nicolette, Little Flower School).  One reason why we get along so well, despite being so different on the surface, is that we share a commitment to beauty, to community, to hard work, and to the highest standards.  

Those ten days filled me up with enough creative juju to get me through the next six months, at least.  The dinner was stunningly beautiful, a celebration of so much.  It all photographed so well.  But what will stay with me is how tirelessly so many wonderful people came together, working for a week straight to put on this party.  For the love of it.  We built tables and chairs.  We erected tipis, moved rocks, built paths, and constructed outhouses.  We stapled the most glorious Indian corn I've ever seen 25 feet up a tree.  We collected rusty nails and dyed napkins.  We butchered lambs, stacked wood, and cooked dinner for 85 people entirely over coals.  People drove ten hours and more to come help cook and put on this meal.  New mamas and papas camped with their babes in the woods to wake up early and help set up the barn.  We built fires to boil water to wash dishes.  I sent friends all over the state on wild goose chases in search of produce, bread, and cheese.  People from all over the eastern seaboard brought us homemade pie for dessert, including a pie made by Sarah's mom Sue with precious elderberries from the farm.  I was blown away by how eager everyone was to help at any moment, even though we were all exhausted from days of preparation.  

               Photo by  Sarah Ryhanen

               Photo by Sarah Ryhanen

Photo by  Sarah Ryhanen

Photo by Sarah Ryhanen

Perhaps most remarkably--and certainly most movingly for me--women were in charge of it all.  My friend Phoebe drove from Vermont to help me cook; we two women cooked stood in a firepit for 14 hours cooking everything--squash and corn in the coals, lamb from the farm cooked three ways, brussels spouts and kale from the garden, beans simmered over the fire.  Watching Sarah lead the meeting each morning with such clarity of vision, and the way her team responded to her, gave me chills.  Yes, there were wonderful guys there helping us, and we couldn't have done it without them.  But this was definitely all about the lady juju, in the very best way.  

Photo by  Holly Carlisle
Photo by  Sarah Ryhanen

Photo by Sarah Ryhanen

Photo by  Julia Turshen

Photo by Julia Turshen

Photo by Phoebe Halsey

Photo by Phoebe Halsey

I spent my first week at the farm working on recipes and headnotes from dawn to dusk in an attempt to finish another round of revisions.  Though I was working my ass off in my own way, as I watched everyone else schlep and saw and dig and move stuff all week long, I started to realize the grand scale on which we were working.  I began thinking to myself, "Man, I really have to deliver with this dinner!"  Sarah and I started talking about this dinner a year ago.  She knew the barn restoration would be done by this fall, and that she'd be ready to cull her first round of rams before this winter, and wanted to celebrate with a lamb roast.  World's End is a huge and beautiful place, but until now, there hasn't been a space for everyone to gather.  I can only imagine how special and powerful it was for her and Eric to finally invite everyone she's been wanting to invite up to the farm.  

                                                            Photo by  Holly Carlisle

                                                            Photo by Holly Carlisle

Photo by  Grace Bonney

Photo by Grace Bonney

Photo by  Nicolette Owen

I'll still be processing everything for months to come.  In the meantime, though, a shoutout to my World's End family: Sarah and Eric, Nikki and Genevieve, Dan and Deanna, Taryne, Alex and Vanessa, Phoebe, Mark and Jennell, Nick and Eddie, Amy, Robinson and Arlo, Fay, Sarah S., Julia and Grace, Kari, Nic, and Tamar, Ziggy, Nea, Blondie and Pucci, I am so very glad I could share this insanely beautiful experience with you all.  Heather and Holly, thanks for the photos.  Thank you, too, to Iceman and the other two rams who fed us so well.  It was the best kind of dream.

Photo by  Meg

Photo by Meg

Photo by  Sarah Searle

Photo by Sarah Searle

Photo by  Holly Carlisle

Tartine Afterhours x Violet Bakery: Wednesday, October 14

Following an epic hiatus, Tartine Afterhours is back!  First up: a special book-signing dinner with Claire Ptak of London's beloved Violet Bakery.  

Claire and I met as cooks at Chez Panisse, and from the start I was enchanted by the way she seemed to somehow simultaneously prioritize both flavor and aesthetics.  

Her sweet, tiny bakery in East London is where she puts her art into daily practice.  Her preferred palette of ingredients includes whole grain flours, less refined sugars, and fruit at the peak of its season.  Our cooking styles fit hand-in-hand, so when Chad and Claire called to ask if I wanted to cook a special Afterhours dinner to celebrate her book, I answered with a resounding YES!  

After shopping at the Tuesday farmer's market Claire and I will put together a menu inspired by both her book and the unrivaled variety of flavors of the season.   This summer-to-autumn limen is one of my favorite times of year to cook, and the menu will reflect a market ripe with tomatoes and persimmons, eggplant and quince.  Chad and his bakers will complement the menu with breads and desserts made with a variety of ancient grains.  

The cost of each ticket includes: a multi-course dinner, drinks, sales tax, tip, a signed copy of The Violet Bakery Cookbook, and a few secret surprises!

We can't wait to see you!  Get your tickets here.   



WHO: the fab folks at TartineViolet Cakes & me
WHAT: Book-signing Dinner Extravaganza
WHERE: Tartine Bakery (600 Guerrero St. SF, CA)
WHEN: Wednesday, October 14th at 8pm
WHY: to highlight the joy of good food and good company
TO RESERVE: Buy tickets here

Sea Level Farm Tomato Flash Sale, Sunday, August 9th

My friends Jane and JP from Sea Level Farm grow some of the best tomatoes around, and they're up to their necks in them.  So they're having a FLASH SALE of their dry-farmed early girls, grown in Corralitos, California, this Sunday, August 9th.  Dominica has graciously agreed to host the pick up from 9am - 10:30am at Cosecha in Oakland (907 Washington Street, inside the Old Swan's Market).   

Pre-order your tomatoes by filling out the form below.  Don't forget to press "submit"!

WHERE: Cosecha (907 Washington Street in Old Oakland)

WHEN: Sunday, August 9th from 9am-10:30am

HOW: Fill out the form above to pre-order your tomatoes, and show up on Sunday with CASH to pick them up!

Recipe: Chez Panisse Meyer Lemon Curd

I'm posting this recipe as much for myself as for all of you.  I need to record it somewhere public, so I have access to it wherever I am.  There are countless Meyer lemon curd recipes, and many dozens of them are Chez Panisse versions, but this is the version that they serve in the restaurant today, and it is perfect.  The key is balance--of sweeter Meyer and more acidic Eureka lemons, of sugar and acid, of heating the eggs enough so that they set, but not so much that they overcook.  

Since I've got that Nomiku on my hands for another week or so, I thought I'd experiment using it to cook the curd.  Instead of plastic, which I just can't bring myself to use as a cooking vessel, I just poured the raw, tempered curd into sterilized mason jars and cooked them for 45 minutes.  The results: perfect.  The smoothest, creamiest curd I have ever made.  Though it took longer than the classic method, it wasn't active time.  I washed dishes, ate snacks, and took copious photos of my eggshells while the curd cooked. 

Make the curd, and then make meringue softies with the leftover whites.  

  • 1 cup Meyer lemon juice
  • ½ cup Eureka lemon juice
  • Zest of 5 Meyer lemons
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • Pinch of salt to taste
  • 7 whole eggs
  • 10 egg yolks
  • 16 Tablespoons cold butter

Classic Method

Combine lemon juices, zest, sugar and salt in a small saucepan and heat just until the sugar dissolves.

Set up a double boiler on the stove: pour 2 inches of water into a large, wide pot and bring to a boil.  

Place the eggs and yolks in a large bowl.  Temper the eggs with the warm lemon juice mixture by adding it in slowly, in a thin stream, while continuously whisking.  

Place the bowl of tempered eggs over the pot of simmering water and whisk continuously until the curd just starts to thicken.  Remove immediately from the heat, add the chilled butter, and strain through a fine mesh sieve.

Cover immediately with plastic wrap pressed against the curd to prevent a skin from forming.  Keep refrigerated for up to five days, but it's doubtful the curd will last that long.

Sous Vide Method

Sterilize 4 pint-sized mason jars and their lids.

Set the immersion circulator in a large pot, fill to the minimum, and set the temperature to 180°F/82°C.  

Combine lemon juices, zest, sugar and salt in a small saucepan and heat just until the sugar dissolves.

Place the eggs and yolks in a large bowl.  Temper the eggs with the warm lemon juice mixture by adding it in slowly, in a thin stream, while continuously whisking.  

Divide the curd mixture evenly amongst the jars, cover, and set in the water bath.  Cook for 45 minutes, then remove the jars from the water bath and stir 4 tablespoons of cold butter into each jar.  Cover with plastic wrap or parchment pressed against the curd to prevent a skin from forming.  Keep refrigerated for up to five days, but it's doubtful the curd will last that long.


And, if eating the lemon curd straight out of the jar isn't exciting enough for you, then layer it between shortbread cookies, or sugar cookies.  Spoon it into thumbprint cookies.  Spoon it into a blind-baked shortcrust tart shell and gently bake at 325°F until just barely set, about 20 minutes.  Serve a dollop alongside ginger-molasses cake, lemon pound cake, or olive oil cake.  Spoon atop ice cream.  Eat with berries and whipped cream.  The Meyer lemon sunset sky is the limit.