An Afternoon Chat with Chef Samin Nosrat

Samin Nosrat

Samin Nosrat is a writer, chef, and teacher. She learned to cook at Chez Panisse after studying at UC Berkeley. Inspired by her many teachers, Samin shares her smarts in Home Ec—a series of hands-on cooking classes in the Bay Area. She also runs Tartine Afterhours once a month.

I had the privilege of taking Samin’s class at 18 Reasons earlier this year. She was nice enough to swing by and chat with me about food culture, learning to improvise in the kitchen, and getting into a rhythm of making meals at home. Continue reading “An Afternoon Chat with Chef Samin Nosrat”

The Butter Steak

Let me preface this by saying that I think vegetarians are superior humans. I hope to quit meat one day, but until then, I’ll be wrapping anything edible in bacon and making juicy ass steaks like The Butter Steak.

My roommate’s girlfriend introduced me to The Butter Steak. I came home from work one evening and smelled beef. I walked to the kitchen and found her and my roommate standing over the stove. They were holding a ribeye steak upright in a skillet and cooking only the sides. I saw a stick of butter next to the stove. I watched them for a moment, then went to my room for a nap. I always take a nap after work. Naps are very important to me. Continue reading “The Butter Steak”