Nosrat explained to Mashed that she would most like to cook with chef Lara Lee whose 2020 cookbook, Coconut & Sambal, received such good reception that it sold out worldwide (via Instagram). “I have to say, this is not a celebrity. It’s the only person I can think of right now. I’m obsessed with her. She’s on my mind all the time, because I love this book so much,” Nosrat said of Lee and her groundbreaking cookbook. “I have been making all the food out of this book, it’s Indonesian.” Nosrat even dedicated an entire Instagram post to the cookbook and chef on February 17th.
Though lately Nosrat had been feeling a little burned out as a chef herself, she found the recipes inside Coconut & Sambal to be just what she needed. She said, “this cookbook is so delicious and so good and I have been so uninspired for so many months, I have to say, and it really has brought a whole new level of deliciousness to my life. So I would very much like to cook and eat with Lara Lee.” So take a cue from Nosrat, and try ordering this cookbook when it is available again. You’ll likely find the sambal-soaked, coconut-inspired recipes may make you want to cook along with Lee too.
You can see chef and author Samin Nosrat (along with former First Lady Michelle Obama and her puppet friends) on Waffles + Mochi, currently streaming on Netflix.