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Salt Fat Acid Heat

Netflix gets the band together to make great food TV.

Salt Fat Acid Heat Netflix
Emily St. James was a senior correspondent for Vox, covering American identities. Before she joined Vox in 2014, she was the first TV editor of the A.V. Club.

Samin Nosrat’s Salt Fat Acid Heat might be the only cookbook you ever need. By tackling each of the four elements in its title in turn, Nosrat presents the argument that the four of them in tandem are the secret to creating great food in your own kitchen. Now, she’s hosting a Netflix adaptation of the book, with one episode devoted to each element.

The show sends Nosrat all over the world in search of cooking that emphasizes the importance of salt, or different ways to use heat to cook, or just the best food she can possibly find. Like the best food shows, Salt Fat Acid Heat passes the “I wish I was eating that right now” test, but unlike many food shows, you might learn a little something you can immediately start using in your own kitchen.

“What makes Salt Fat Acid Heat feel so gently revelatory is its nonchalant, cheerful integration of its highbrow visual flourishes and remote global flavors with quotidian rules of thumb for everyday cooks.” Kathryn Van Arendonk, Vulture

Metacritic score: N/A (bizarrely, Metacritic doesn’t even have a page for this show)

Where to watch: Salt Fat Acid Heat is streaming on Netflix.