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Salt Fat Acid Heat

By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Global-minded food show concentrates on the basics.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Great, but too graphic and sophisticated for young ones

You know where meat comes from? Dead animals. And how do the animals get dead? Usually people kill them. Without thinking these facts through, I sat my 9 and 11-year-olds down to watch this, thinking they liked food and needed a wider breadth of geographical knowledge. The first episode - fat - starts off with Australian aboriginals setting fire to a piece of land so they could drag baked alive reptiles out of their holes for dinner. Cultural discussions aside, my kids were pretty freaked and wouldn't watch beyond the first episode. This show is more for adults and foodie-minded teens who can deal with the reality of where meat comes from.

Is It Any Good?

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More inspiration than instruction, Samin Nosrat's series (based on her popular cookbook of the same name) often feels more like National Geographic than a typical food show. Though Nosrat does spend some time talking viewers through some of the techniques and decisions chefs make -- like how to pick a steak, or where to cook it on the grill -- Salt Fat Acid Heat is primarily interested in the culture of food. It's a revelation to see her travel to places off the beaten path, like a village in Mexico that makes sour honey from friendly bees, and illuminate the connections between such different cultures, simply by talking about some of the elements of food and cooking that people tend to take for granted.

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