I learnt to cook from my grandmother, watching her patiently stirring a pot of ragù, or foraging herbs in the fields to make a salad, or an omelette. I learnt to cook because I was hungry for delicious, diverse food: my mum had a basic approach to cooking, which did not include “strange” ingredients such as butternut squash or thyme. She taught me all the recipes that nurture a family, though.
I learnt to cook through practice, cooking from cookbooks, from recipes picked up at the market, eavesdropping conversations at the butcher. I learnt the hows, but I did not know the whys.
Two years ago, I bought Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, by Samin Nosrat, and my style of cooking became immediately more confident. It is also a great resource to learn a lot about Italian cuisine and our use of fat – think about extra virgin olive oil – and salt – think about Parmigiano and anchovies.
On the blog:
- Tagliatelle with pork ragù. Learning to cook again: https://en.julskitchen.com/first-course/pasta-first-course/pork-ragu
More about Samin:
- her Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/ciaosamin/
- her website: http://ciaosamin.com
- more about her book: https://www.saltfatacidheat.com
- watch her show on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80198288
Find me online at www.julskitchen.com
or on Instagram https://instagram.com/julskitchen/
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