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Two minutes with... Samin Nosrat The chef and presenter of hit Netflix series Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat shares her food likes and dislikes with Ella Walker.
Samin Nosrat might just be the most
and then stirred into the rice, and then
enthusiastic person on television, especially
they get cooked with the traditional crisp
when it comes to food.
bottom, the tahdig, but it’s a double starch thing. Then my mum would make saffron
Author of cookbook (and culinary bible)
poached chicken and then she fries raisins,
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat and presenter of the
so there’s a little sweet bomb.
docu-Netflix series of the same name, the California-based chef has true passion
If you’re ordering takeout, it has to be...
for produce and cooking. This is what
Mexican food! Haha! I really do [love it]!
happened when we grilled her on her The ultimate hangover cure has to be...
I don’t really drink, I know! I’m a bad, bad Your death row meal would be... Mexican
cook. I so don’t drink, but when I was in
food, the most delicious variety of tacos
New Zealand, I met these people and I was
and tamales and all the sauces, and then ice
hanging out with friends, and the thing
cream. My most very favourite ice cream,
there is, you don’t meet for coffee, you
the most magical, delicious ice cream I’ve
go meet for a glass of wine. So there was
ever had is mulberry ice cream that they
one day when I had three glasses of wine,
make every year at [Berkley restaurant] Chez Panisse, but honestly, I’ll eat any ice cream.
and that kept happening, and then one Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat author Samin Nosrat | PA Photo/
day I woke up and I felt so nauseous, and
I wondered if it was jet lag - I had no idea
The thing you still can’t make is... At
what it was. I started googling ‘constant
this point I feel I can figure my way out of
nausea’ - am I ill? Am I going to die? I finally
anything, it might take a little trial and error.
If you get hungry late at night, the snack
realised I was hungover, but I had to google
But something I’m always a little bit nervous
you’ll reach for is... Popcorn. I eat popcorn
it! Haha. It was so funny.
to cook is six steaks, or anything I have to
with nutritional yeast and butter, oh my god,
gauge the temperature and get it exactly
it’s my favourite. It’s a classic hippy snack.
You cannot stomach... I don’t love oysters,
medium-rare, or cook it to a particular
Guess what? It’s because the nutritional
[but] I’ll eat them.
yeast tastes a lot like Parmesan.
Your favourite store-cupboard essential
you always cook... Anything braised,
has to be... Delicious extra virgin olive oil,
buttermilk roast chicken, that’s the thing I
because you can do it ahead and heat it up,
Maldon salt and Parmesan cheese.
always do, it’s my favourite. It’s what I love
and also vegetables that you can serve at
to teach other people to make, it’s so easy
When it comes to hosting a dinner party,
The kitchen utensil you couldn’t live
without has to be... I usual say a cast iron pan, but you guys don’t really use those
SALT, FAT, ACID, HEAT by Samin Nosrat You like your eggs... Oooh, over easy.
in England, do you? I mean the uncoated
black ones, because that makes the best
Your favourite childhood dinner was...
crust whenever you’re searing something.
It’s such a classic home cooking Persian
Here, they’re the least expensive thing.
dinner: Lentil rice. The lentils are cooked
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Words by Ella Walker, Press Association
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