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Samin Nosrat's 12 Must-Know Lessons That've Changed How We Cook

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The time has come, campers, to huddle up once more, munch some final s'mores, and review what we've learned from Samin Nosrat here at Camp Kitchen Confidence. Do you remember the four rules of camp? All together now: Salt! Fat! Acid! Heat!

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, Signed Copy

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, Signed Copy

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For the First Time, Here’s the Cover of Samin Nosrat’s Book, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

For the First Time, Here’s the Cover of Samin Nosrat’s Bo... by Ali Slagle

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Over the past month, Samin has led us through them, teaching us to...

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  • Season well (who wants to demonstrate the three salting motions?)
  • Seek acid in many forms
  • Cook low 'n slow (or screaming hot)
  • Trust our eyes and noses all the while
  • Let fat guide us as we riff in the kitchen
  • Cook without a recipe, but rather with our instincts

My favorite part about these lessons is how small and how revelatory they feel—the sorts of things that creep their way into your repertoire without your having to forcibly put them there. And still, they make such a difference!

Below, all the lessons collected in one place for easy finding (and bookmarking, if you like). Even better, snatch up Samin's book, where there are a lot more lessons to learn and recipes to cook. Ready your bookmarks, and happy cooking!

Lesson 1: Salt

Why Seasoning is the Most Important Part of Cooking

Why Seasoning is the Most Important Part of Cooking by Caroline Lange

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Cooking Questions I'd Like Tattooed on My Arm

Cooking Questions I'd Like Tattooed on My Arm by Caroline Lange

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Lesson 2: Fat

A Trusty Trick for Cooking Without a Recipe (& Anxiety)

A Trusty Trick for Cooking Without a Recipe (& Anxiety) by Caroline Lange

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Skip Butter in Baking (Samin Says, Sometimes)

Skip Butter in Baking (Samin Says, Sometimes) by Caroline Lange

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More: Get the recipe for these rule-breaking biscuits here.

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Lesson 3: Acid

The Trick to Adding Oomph to Blah Food

The Trick to Adding Oomph to Blah Food by Caroline Lange

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The Sure-Fire, Scene-Stealing Side Dish

The Sure-Fire, Scene-Stealing Side Dish by Caroline Lange

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lesson 4: heat

Put the Sizzling Pan Aside: Why You Should Embrace Quieter Cooking Methods

Put the Sizzling Pan Aside: Why You Should Embrace Quiete... by Caroline Lange

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Why You Should Ignore Your Thermometer & Timer

Why You Should Ignore Your Thermometer & Timer by Caroline Lange

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