Good morning and happy Sunday! I’m cozy with a cup of tea, planning meals for the week (making this tonight!), and looking out at a gorgeous sunny December day. Here are a few little things you might enjoy:
- Have you watched Salt Fat Acid Heat on Netflix yet? Aside from dreamy shots of Italy, Japan, and Mexico, host Samin Nosrat is lovely and joyful and will teach you how to cook intuitively. Her love of food is infectious. I promise, you’ll want to run straight to your kitchen and make a buttermilk-brined, crisped-to-perfection roasted chicken. (Sidenote: I finally feel vindicated re: my copious use of salt. Samin doesn’t sprinkle salt. She showers it by the handful.)
- I recently got hooked on Bon Appetit’s “Make it Gourmet” series, in which pastry chef Claire Saffitz attempts to recreate junk food staples (like Oreos and KitKat Bars) from scratch. She’s amazingly talented, and her process is fascinating. Plus, you get a peek into the every day goings-on in the BA test kitchen.
- My sister and I used to binge-watch Mark Bittman’s Minimalist videos. We found them oddly soothing and truly believed that as long as Mark was whipping up ricotta gnocchi or yakisoba, somehow everything was going to be alright. Now Mark has a newsletter, which I highly recommend. Full of no-frills, authentic cooking inspiration, it’s one of the few subscriptions I actually look forward to in my inbox each week.
- It’s cookbook wishlist season! The newest addition to my collection is Sister Pie, by Lisa Ludwinski, who taught me how to take my pie crust crimping to the next level (see above photo). What’s on your list this year?