Watch Samin Nosrat Surprise Us with Salad Tricks (& Slick Dance Moves)

April  9, 2017

A proper, thoughtfully-considered salad, one that does the work of balancing a meal and keeping the palate curious and awake needs—needs!—a proper, thoughtfully-considered dressing, according to Samin Nosrat’s cookbook Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat (you read Acid Lesson 2, right?). Anything you make at home can be as easy as any simple shaken-in-a-jar vinaigrette, and far tastier than what you can buy bottled. The right dressing (maybe a Dijon sauce, muscular Caesar, or simple grapefruit juice and olive oil?) paired with the right base (toasted bread cubes? ribbons of chard? beefy tomato slices? wispy pea shoots?) can make salads more fun than even we thought—this, from folks who just wrote a book about salad!

Samin muses over every element of every salad with care, and inspires us to do the same.

Photo by James Ransom

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AntoniaJames September 13, 2017
I recently checked this book out of the library, and read the entire text portion before the recipes even begin (200+ pages), carefully, and then went back to the beginning and read it all again - the second time, taking notes, annotating and really thinking about the material, and specifically, how to implement many of the ideas in my own kitchen. This is one of the most helpful guides to cooking I've ever seen. It is truly extraordinary in its range and depth, while remaining accessible but also respectful of the reader.
(For the record, I don't care much for the graphically presented text, but that's simply a personal preference.)

I've ordered a copy for my own library, and will be giving a copy to each of my sons. ;o)
Rhonda35 September 13, 2017
If you think that highly of it, Antonia, then I will go ahead and order it sight unseen! Thanks for the recommendation! :-)
Rhonda35 April 10, 2017
LOVE the axis idea - so helpful!
Kenzi W. April 10, 2017
GREAT dance moves.
Stephanie G. April 9, 2017
Can't wait for that book to be published!
Gordon S. April 9, 2017
This is awesome!!
Leslie S. April 9, 2017
Love this! Samin you are destine for a television series! Always great to see you do your thing!
Alexandra S. April 9, 2017
I love these posts.