Salt Fat Acid Heat and Design

As a fan of eating delicious things, my eyes and brain perked up when I read about Chef Samin Nosrat and her new cookbook entitled “Salt Fat Acid Heat.” In her book she describes this phenomenon as the perfect storm of tastes as achieved by the simple grilled cheese sandwich:

“Learn to balance them perfectly and you’ll learn to create the perfect meal. Take the grilled cheese: if the pan is too hot, the bread will burn without the cheese melting; too cold, and the sandwich will turn soggy. The butter on the bread is the best fat to marry with the heat for this result. The cheese on the inside provides the necessary saltiness to cut through the butter, and the pickles on the side provide the acidity needed to balance a rich meal.”

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Artists’ faith and George Michael

One of my favorite pieces by Bob Lefsetz is the one written shortly after George Michael passed away. It’s a letter that is raw in the same, patent way that Lefsetz usually writes, but to me it is also expressed in a way that a computer would have an extremely difficult time understanding what’s being sad. That said, it would have no problem repeating something similar to it. 

While the rest of the world jumps through the hoops to get to a safe place, our artists walk into the wilderness without a safety net and out of thin air create diamonds that shine forever. 

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My badass (former) boss Nicholas Negroponte

excerpts via Wired in 1995


Wired (1995): How has living on airplanes – being in the clouds all day – changed your perspective on the world?

Negroponte (1995): When you go around the world a half dozen times each year it reinforces the fact that this planet is one complex place, with many perspectives, the least attractive of which is a nationalistic one.

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