Samin Nosrat

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Samin Nosrat
Born (1979-11-07) November 7, 1979 (age 40)
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley
Culinary career

Samin Nosrat (Persian: ثمین نصرت‎, /səˈmin ˈnʌsrɑːt/[1], born November 7, 1979) is an American chef, TV host and food writer.[2] She is a regular food columnist for The New York Times Magazine[3] and has a Netflix docu-series based on her cookbook, Salt Fat Acid Heat.[2][4][5]

Early life and education[edit]

Nosrat was born in San Diego, California, on November 7, 1979.[6] Her parents emigrated from Iran to the United States in 1976.[7] Nosrat attended La Jolla High School in San Diego.[8] She grew up eating mostly Iranian cuisine, and she did not learn to cook until she was an adult.[7]

In 1997, Nosrat enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in English.[8] As a sophomore in 2000, she ate dinner at Chez Panisse and immediately decided to work there as a busser.[8] Nosrat eventually worked her way up to the restaurant kitchen, becoming a cook and working with Alice Waters, who described her as "America's next great cooking teacher."[2][3][7]


Early career[edit]

After leaving Chez Panisse, Nosrat worked in Italy and then other Berkeley-area restaurants.[9] She started teaching private cooking classes in 2007, and soon felt that a television show would be a more efficient way of teaching; however it would be years before that would happen.[10]

She later worked with Michael Pollan, and was included in his book and the 2016 Netflix documentary television series Cooked as "the chef who taught Michael Pollan how to cook".[11]

Salt Fat Acid Heat[edit]

Nosrat's 2017 cookbook Salt Fat Acid Heat, illustrated by Wendy McNaughton and including a foreword by Michael Pollan, was named "Food Book of the Year" by The Times of London[12] and was a New York Times best seller.[13] The cookbook also won the 2018 James Beard Award for Best General Cookbook,[14] was named Cookbook of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals, and won the 2018 IACP Julia Child First Book Award.[15]

A Netflix docu-series based on the cookbook, also called Salt Fat Acid Heat, was released on October 11, 2018, with each of the four episodes based around one of the four elements of cooking set out in the title.[4] In episode 1, Nosrat goes to Italy to talk about the use of fat in cooking; in episode 2, Japan for salt; in episode 3, Mexico for acid; and in episode 4, returns to the United States, cooking at Chez Panisse as well as with her own mother, to discuss heat.[16] The show was described by The Washington Post as "unlike any other food show on TV."[17]

Other projects[edit]

Nosrat became a regular "Eat" columnist for The New York Times Magazine in 2017.[3]

In March 2019, Nosrat announced a forthcoming second cookbook, again in collaboration with McNaughton, called What to Cook.[15] Berkeley-based Ten Speed Press, part of Penguin Random House's Crown Publishing Group, will publish the collection of 120 recipes.[15]


  1. ^ "Video of Samin Nosrat pronouncing her own name (0:08-0:10) in "Learn to Cook Without Recipes using SALT, FAT, ACID, HEAT"".
  2. ^ a b c Colin, Chris (April 26, 2017). "Cooking With Samin". The California Sunday Magazine. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "NYT Mag's New "Eat" Columnist: Samin Nosrat". The New York Times Company. June 28, 2017. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Polis, Carey (10 October 2018). "'Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat' Is the New Netflix Series That's Very Much Worth Your Time". Bon Appétit. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
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  6. ^ Nosrat, Samin (August 20, 2017). "How to cook like a pro. Step one: listen to the sound your food makes".
  7. ^ a b c Hensel, Kelly (May 2017). "Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking". Food Technology (Vol. 71, No. 5). Institute of Food Technologists.
  8. ^ a b c Cowan, Jill (2019-01-29). "An Interview With Samin Nosrat: ‘I Identify as a Californian’". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  9. ^ Druckman, Charlotte (April 8, 2016). "An Herby Persian Frittata From Michael Pollan's Chef Teacher". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  10. ^ Morabito, Greg (2018-10-10). "Samin Nosrat Turned Her TV Dream Into a Reality With Netflix's 'Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat'". Eater. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  11. ^ Oatman, Maddie (April 21, 2017). "This simple advice completely changed the way I eat". Mother Jones. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  12. ^ Angelini, Francesca (November 19, 2017). "Books of the year: Food". The Times of London. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  13. ^ "Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous Books - Best Sellers". The New York Times. June 18, 2017. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  14. ^ Yadegaran, Jessica (April 30, 2018). "Chez Panisse alum Samin Nosrat wins James Beard cookbook award". The Mercury News.
  15. ^ a b c Phillips, Justin (2019-03-05). "Berkeley author Samin Nosrat to follow 'Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat' with new book, 'What To Cook'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  16. ^ "'Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat' Changes the Rules for Who Gets to Eat on TV". Eater. Retrieved 2018-10-28.
  17. ^ Judkis, Maura. "Review | Netflix's new 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' is unlike any other food show on TV". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-10-28.

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