Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking

Samin Nosrat

There are only four basic factors that determine how good your food will taste: salt, which enhances flavor; fat, which amplifies flavor and makes appealing textures possible; acid, which brightens and balances; and heat, which ultimately determines the texture of food
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A beautifully illustrated and visionary New York Times bestseller that distils decades of professional experience into just four simple elements - and will set you free from recipes forever

While cooking at Chez Panisse at the start of her career, Samin Nosrat noticed that amid the chaos of the kitchen there were four key principles that her fellow chefs would always fall back on to make their food better: Salt, Fat, Acid and Heat.By mastering these four variables, Samin found the confidence to trust her instincts in the kitchen and cook delicious meals with any ingredients. And with her simple but revolutionary method, she has taught masterclasses to give both professionals and amateurs the skills to cook instinctively. Whether you want to balance your vinaigrette, perfectly caramelise your roasted vegetables or braise meltingly tender stews, Samin’s canon of 100 essential recipes and their dozens of variations will teach you how.


“Samin Nosrat has managed to summarize the huge and complex subject of how we should be cooking in just four words: ‘salt, fat, acid, heat.’ Everyone will be hugely impressed”
Yotam Ottolenghi

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“This beautiful, approachable book captures how it should feel to cook: full of exploration, spontaneity and joy”
Alice Waters

“An exhaustively researched treatise on the four pillars of successful cooking. If you can train yourself to recognize the proper balance between salt, fat and acid, then apply the right kind of heat, you’ll churn out simple, sophisticated fare in the spirit of Berkeley’s Chez Panisse, where Nosrat started out”
new York Times

“A must for anyone wanting to be a better cook. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat teaches the fundamentals of cooking and dives into the four elements that make food taste great. So do yourself a favour and buy this book. I promise you won’t regret it”
April Bloomfield


Samin Nosrat

Samin Nosrat is a writer, teacher, and chef. She’s been cooking professionally since 2000, when she first stumbled into the kitchen at Chez Panisse restaurant. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Bon Appétit, and the Guardian. Samin lives in Berkeley, California. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is her first book. www.ciaosamin.com @CiaoSamin

Wendy MacNaughton is a New York Times-bestselling illustrator and graphic journalist whose books include Meanwhile in San Francisco (Chronicle) and Knives & Ink (Bloomsbury). She lives in San Francisco with her partner, several four-legged animals, and a well-used kitchen, thanks to Samin. www.wendymacnaughton.com @wendymac


Samin Nosrat introduces her new book Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking. “I have become slightly obsessed… revolutionary in its simplicity” Yotam Ottolenghi