“Anyone can cook anything and make it delicious.” That’s the encouraging wisdom that Samin Nosrat imparts in her delightful first book, “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking” (Simon & Schuster; $35). And why should we doubt her? In just 15 years, Nosrat went from learning to cook at Berkeley’s Chez Panisse and (now-defunct) Eccolo to teaching the likes of Michael Pollan. Grounded in her book title’s four elements, Nosrat’s concepts and recipes are accompanied by scores of playful, eye-opening illustrations by Wendy MacNaughton that will keep any reader engrossed, wanting to learning more. Nosrat and MacNaughton will lead a presentation for aspiring chefs — with free beverages and snacks — at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F. (415) 742-5833. www.greenapplebooks.com.
— John McMurtrie