Former Chez Panisse Chef with New Cookbook to Appear at the Festival

Writer Samin Nosrat worked for several years at Chez Panisse, and Alice Waters described her as “America’s next great cooking teacher.”

Now Nosrat has published Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking, combining the best of her cooking and teaching talents into a cookbook.

The book, illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton (New York Times bestselling illustrator of The Gutsy Girl, among others), is getting rave reviews.

We recently spoke to Nosrat and MacNaughton to learn more about their work and their philosophies. The saying Nosrat lives by? “Take everything with a grain of salt.”

Read the full Berkeleyside interview here.

Samin and Wendy will appear in conversation with NPR’s Kitchen Sisters host Davia Nelson at the Bay Area Book Festival’s session “Cooking Like Samin: The Art of Salt, Fat, Acid, and Heat” on Saturday, June 3, at 1:45 p.m. The session is on the outdoor San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park — and it’s free! No tickets required; just get there early for a seat.