By fusing together elements of travel shows, cooking programs, and documentary films, chef/author Samin Nosrat and director Caroline Suh have created a new style of food TV with Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. Season 1 of this exciting new series is now streaming on Netflix.
Each episode of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat explores one of the four elements of good cooking that Nosrat outlined in the game-changing, James Beard Award-winning book of the same name. To develop a greater understanding of the kitchen fundamentals, Samin meets with restaurant chefs, home cooks, and artisans around the world. She begins her journey in Italy learning about fat, then heads to Japan for a salt tutorial, then it’s off to the Yucatán region of Mexico for a crash course in acid, and the show winds down in Nosrat’s hometown of Berkeley, California for an exploration of heat.
Every installment has at least one dish demonstration, as well as lessons that can be applied to all styles of cooking. And in a refreshing change of pace for the culinary TV genre, the series features more women and people of color on screen than any other major food show on television. Nosrat recently told Eater, “I think there’s infinite ways that you can make exciting, new, beautiful food shows, and I totally want to do it.”
Here’s are guides to all four Season 1 episodes, with notes on the culinary insights, the people that Samin cooks with on her journey, and the restaurants and markets that she visits: