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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...

eating habits...

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

Aya Brackett

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

room temperature.

When it comes to hosting a dinner party,

The kitchen utensil you couldn’t live




and delicious.

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

Available now.

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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