I won the race to Lazy Sunday: I get to be the one to tell everyone about our latest mutual obsession, the Netflix four-episode series, Salt Fat Acid Heat, in which we travel the globe to find out what makes food taste good, guided by cook and author Samin Nosrat.
This show is a breath of fresh air, a bite of salty seaweed, and a sip of sour orange. Nosrat’s black t-shirt and jeans make a nice change from cooking shows with hosts that make you feel like you’re a weirdo if you don’t do your eyeliner before putting the beans to soak. (Don’t get me wrong, I love many of those shows, too. Cooking shows are the most reliable knitting companion I know. Pure comfort, and good for the appetite.)
Nosrat’s open curiosity and ready laugh are a tonic. I love that the local foodies she showcases in Italy, Japan, and Mexico are mostly regular home cooks, with crowded kitchens, and good connections to their local markets. (In her home city of Berkeley, California, Nosrat shops at the supermarket but also runs with a fast crowd, taking us into the kitchen at Chez Panisse.)
This series makes good cooking feel accessible, and exciting. Get out the banged-up pot from T.J. Maxx and make some crunchy rice! (The plating of the tahdig Nosrat made with her mother sent this dish rocketing to the top of my list of things to try myself.)
Four episodes is a perfect lazy weekend sit-and-knit, and I highly recommend it. Report back, knitters!