Get Your Free Audiobook

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
Narrated by: Samin Nosrat
Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

Non-member price: $25.82

After 30 days, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

Now a Netflix series
Winner of the Fortnum & Mason Best Debut Food Book 2018
Sunday Times Food Book of the Year and New York Times best seller
 

Hear Samin read 'The Four Elements of Good Cooking' - Part One of her best-selling book Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat.

While cooking at Chez Panisse at the start of her career, Samin Nosrat noticed that amid the chaos of the kitchen there were four key principles that her fellow chefs would always fall back on to make their food better: Salt, Fat, Acid and Heat.

By mastering these four variables, Samin found the confidence to trust her instincts in the kitchen and cook delicious meals with any ingredients. And with her simple but revolutionary method, she has taught masterclasses to give both professionals and amateurs the skills to cook instinctively.  

©2018 Samin Nosrat (P)2018 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    25
  • 4 Stars
    4
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    23
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    22
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Not for the advanced or confident cook

Nosrat’s narration is enjoyable and peppered with short anecdotes. However, I didn’t learn anything new from this book. For the confident cook, the concepts illustrated in Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat might feel like plain old common sense.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Must listen for anyone wanting to improve their cooking skills

I didn’t think I’d enjoy a cook book as an audiobook but after listening to the whole book over 2 days I love it! I’ve never made a better roast chicken and I feel like I have a new found love for cooking again

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

The cooking compass

This is my first time ever listening to something so informational on audiobook. It was an experience to say the least. I definitely think that as a printed book, this would have gotten 5 stars from me, but as an audiobook it was not quite so engrossing as I'd hoped. Of course, I think this disappointment is all about my own expectations. The information presented in Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat was exceptionally helpful and interesting, but I just feel that it would have been intensely more so had I been reading it in my kitchen, while I was putting into practice the information I was receiving. On my commute to work, not so much. Therefore, I think this is a case of cook books and guides needing to be a physical object, at least in my opinion. As good as this book could have been in this format however, it was. Samin Nosrat has a lovely reading voice, and you can just tell her excitement and passion for the topics covered as she reads. And her descriptions of food? Mouthwateringly stunning. I was hungry the whole time I listened to this. So be careful of that if you too decide to give this one a go.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Best cooking book EVER!

This book changed my life! I used to be a recipe slave, since reading this book I’ve learned how to cook! The content in this book is incredible and changed the way I look at cooking. I will never again be tied to a recipe with the skills I’ve picked up in this fabulous volume. Samin is the most incredible teacher and has made food food accessible to every home cook.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

An excellent book about cooking

This is an excellent book that teaches you how to cook (rather than a book that teaches you to cook). It sets out four foundations for all cooking (salt, fat, acid, and heat) discusses how to use them and bring balance to a mean.

Nosrat's narration and narratives are compelling and stitch each section together neatly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Beautifully written and read

A truly lovely listen, Nostat has a wonderful voice - both in her writing and speaking. This was an interesting listen, and offers simple and reasonable explanations to becoming a better and more thoughtful cook.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A good read

I was hesitant to listen to a cooking book but it was super informative and interesting! A good read for those who loved the Netflix series and want to learn how to be a more confident cook.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-2019

Excellent in every way

Well written, presented and produced.

As a chef of 25 years, I knew almost all of what Samin was saying, but I didn’t know why, I nodded throughout the book. And most importantly I learned a lot.

However I noticed that the PDF she refers to in the book isn’t attached and can’t be found.

Would be great to receive that.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Frequent Buyer
  • Frequent Buyer
  • 12-12-2018

Ideal for anyone interested in cooking

Finally, someone explains the principles behind cooking, rather than just a series of seemingly random steps!

The author reads very well, making it a really pleasant listen, even the third or fourth time through.

Highly recommended

6 of 6 people found this review helpful