Samin Nosrat built her career and her identity as a chef. She studied cooking in Italy, worked at the revered Chez Panisse, and launched her own pop-up catering company to overnight success. But none of this was what she actually wanted to do. Nosrat wanted to write. She talks to host Ann Friedman about how scary it was to push the reset button on her life.
Say Samin Nosrat's name to a food lover and their face will break out in a smile. The chef and author's debut cookbook, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, is a New York Time bestseller and James Beard Award Winner, lauded for its innovative approach to cooking, culled from years of work in restaurant kitchens and teaching. Her four-episode Netflix show of the same name has turned her into a household name, with viewers around the world falling in love with Nosrat's inimitable blend of expertise, curiosity, passion, and one of the best laughs ever committed to film. It may seem to casual viewers that Nosrat's rise has been meteoric, but to the daughter of Iranian immigrants to California, who fell in hard, fast love with restaurants after a chance meal at Chez Panisse, the path to becoming a successful author and breakout TV star had yet to be paved. In this intimate, revealing conversation, Nosrat opens up about her sometimes-challenging financial journey, struggles with depression and self-care on the road, the responsibility of representation, and the network of support that gets her through it all.
Only on the "CBS This Morning" podcast, we're featuring interviews with inspiring and influential women leading up to International Women's Day. Today, chef and writer Samin Nosrat joins CBSN anchor Reena Ninan to discuss her best-selling book "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat" as well as her Netflix documentary series of the same name. She shares the women who inspired her and the work she?s doing to lift up women who are underrepresented in the culinary industry.