Lessons I Learned from ‘Salt Fat Acid Heat’

If you have never heard of Samin Nosrat, she is a hilarious chef who wrote the book Salt Fat Acid Heat. This book is basically the only “textbook” you’ll ever need to cook amazing food for the rest of your life. Samin explains different cooking methods in a simple yet comprehensive way. The book alsoContinue reading “Lessons I Learned from ‘Salt Fat Acid Heat’”

how to cook 101 – UMAMI (sweet potato soup with chile & lemongrass)

u·ma·mi/o͞oˈmämē/Not only is it fun to say, umami is the delectable taste that gives savory food its addicting and satiating qualities. When you taste umami, it’s actually because your taste receptors pick up on the amino acids (mostly glutamate) and the nucleotides (mostly guanosine and inosine) in food. Yum… lolAccording to Becky Selengut’s book HowContinue reading “how to cook 101 – UMAMI (sweet potato soup with chile & lemongrass)”

how to cook 101 -FAT (prune almond chocolate chip cookies)

Ahh the most misunderstood taste… FAT. It is so vital not only in recipes but also to our bodies for survival. But I’m not here today to discuss the types of fat, how it affects our bodies, or how much fat we should have in our diet. There are many different types and forms ofContinue reading “how to cook 101 -FAT (prune almond chocolate chip cookies)”

how to cook 101 – BITTER

Coffee, cocktails and political debates. People are addicted to BITTER. But before talking about the importance of bitter as a taste, let’s talk about how to tone down bitterness in your delicious food. Because, let’s just be honest, bitter is a signal to our brain that something is unripe and a potential toxin. No thankContinue reading “how to cook 101 – BITTER”

how to cook 101 -ACIDITY

I have a confession… I never knew “acid” was one of the basic tastes, but it is! Acidity is an important component to balance many dishes! You know how a squeeze of a lemon over your meat or pasta seems to brighten all the flavors? That is hydrogen ions causing your taste receptor cells onContinue reading “how to cook 101 -ACIDITY”

how to cook 101 – SWEET

Attention class! Today we are learning about… SWEETNESS! *throws sugar in the air like confetti, busts open the hidden leftover Halloween candy, swallows pixie sticks by the handful.* Our brains are wired to seek out sugar because it provides calories and it signals our instincts that something is ripe and safe to eat. Sugar, likeContinue reading “how to cook 101 – SWEET”

how to cook 101 – SALT

I found this super-amazing gem of a book this weekend at Powell’s titled How to Taste by Becky Selengut. The author is so hilarious, I was reading it aloud in the car with bae and we were laughing at all her little jokes and puns throughout the very educational content. I can already tell thisContinue reading “how to cook 101 – SALT”