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Dear Kay,

Between the sourdough revolution and the discovery that eating at home means a landslide of dirty dishes, we are all collectively finding ourselves in a place where food has taken on a new prominence.

Just in time, a new podcast has arrived to help us cook up a storm during stormy times.

Home Cooking stars two people I love even though I’ve never met them and never will.

Samin Nosrat won my heart with her extraordinary Netflix series Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. (Watch it! It will make you love food, people, Samin, and the idea of 100 flavors of salt.)

Hrishikesh Hirway is a polytalented podcaster whose curiosity drags me right along with him. He entered my radar with his podcast Song Exploder. (I wrote about it here.) At the moment, I’m listening to his epic West Wing Weekly, the podcast that discusses every single episode of The West Wing. (I wrote about it here.) (I’m up to Season 3, Episode 16.) (Only four seasons to go!)

And Now They Are Together

When I got wind of Home Cooking, I collapsed in a puddle of happiness. Two incredibly good-hearted people talking about simple cooking during quarantine?


Their message: cook with ingredients we have on hand, use what we have.

Let’s go hang out with them in Episode 1: “Bean There, Done That.”

Unsurprisingly, Hrishikesh’s co-host for The West Wing Weekly makes an appearance: Joshua Malina shares his ancestral latke recipe.




  • Samine Nosrat has a warm place in my heart for a very non-culinary reason. Living for a long time in a sophisticated, rather blasé city, I sometimes felt people regarded me with amusement at my “excitable” nature. And began to think that it was a liability. But in her Salt, Fat video Samine happily announced her excitability and obviously had never been held back by it. It was a mini life-changer for me. Having said, that just want to add to the legions, probably, of both men and women who have cooked more now than ever before – and by force, more inventively, because there are less ingredients with which to do so. It’s amazing what can be done with a box of Kraft Mac n’ Cheese. Or the store brand version, more likely.

  • Samin is awesome, I’ve watched her show four times and bought the book. I love her enthusiasm and her desire for great tasting food.

    • Totally agree! Although I’m only halfway through the book, I’m already making changes in the way I season my food.

  • Awww, YES!!!!

  • Samin is *the* cook for these times. I’ve made her amazingly down-home Pasta Tahdig with leftover spaghetti twice since we started staying home, and it has already passed into family legend. Here you go, and you’re welcome:

  • I made my latkes last night after listening to the podcast this week. Never thought of them as quarantine food, but I had 4 very happy people at the dinner table.

  • I watch the Netflix show. I made my husband buy me the cookbook for Christmas. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat will make cooks of everyone. Thanks for the tip on the podcast!

  • ooooh. the enthusiasm is Fantastic. Thank you for sharing

  • I probably would not have come across this podcast on my own, so thank you. I’ve been dying to see Samin’ s Netflix show but we do not subscribe.

  • Thanks Ann. Just what I needed. A little inspiration to change things up in the kitchen. PLUS Recipes that are really “methods”. My favorite way to cook.

  • OMG!! I love Samin. Going to subscribe to the podcast right now 🙂

  • What happened to the ability to save this post with a bookmark???!

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