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Q:--Barbara Goldberg "Is the idea of cooking and serving on salt blocks new?"

A:--Mark Bitterman "It's less than a decade old. Its discovery is a little shrouded in mystery. I think there was some opportunistic cooking maybe on salt stones in ages past. But in terms of salt-block cooking the way we think of it now, all evidence I have is that it's an American invention."

(This article can be found on Reuters and Yahoo News! 07/23/14) (Barbara Goldberg, Chicago Tribune)

"The salt expert gives lessons on cooking with salt bricks, which adds a sublte saltiness and can get hot enough on a grill to sear steak." (Food & Wine)

"If the subject of salt is intriguing to you, as it is to me, here are some books available on the subject: Mark Bittman. Salted: A Manifesto on the World's Most Essential Mineral. And also Salt Block Cooking: 70 Recipes for Grilling, Chilling, Searing and Serving on Himalayan Salt Blocks. Bittman is an expert on salt and tells the tale beautifully." (Lou Jane Temple, Kansas City Star)

"SALT BLOCK COOKING follows up on the author's prior 2010 introduction to the concept in SALTED and provides a powerful account on how to use Himalayan salt blocks for grilling, baking, and cooking.  Some seventy recipes are used to display all the basics of using salt blocks to maximum advantage , and include everything you need to know about the process, from shopping for a block and maintaining one to healing, cooling and serving all kinds of foods.  A 'must' for any cookbook collection looking for the basics on salt block use" (James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review)

"Good read. Salt Block Cooking by Mark Bitterman is the home cook's guide to a technique once only practiced by top chefs. Himalayan salt blocks are sold at specialty retail stores around the world, including The Spice & Tea Exchange, 309 N. Park Ave. in Winter Park.

This book is the first to address salt-block cooking and includes 70 recipes designed for this reusable cooking tool. The process involves heating the blocks and cooking meat or seafood directly on the surface. When not used for food preparation, the blocks make nifty serving platters for cold and room-temperature items.

Bitterman is an expert on culinary salt, chocolate and cocktail bitters. He won a James Beard Award for his first book, Salted." (Heather McPherson, Orlando Sentinel)

About the Author

Mark Bitterman is the author of the James Beard Award-winning book, Salted. He is the leading expert in culinary salt, and has led the charge into the culinary adventure of cooking on salt blocks.  As owner of the speciality store, The Meadow, with locations in Portland, OR and New York City, he is one of the largest importers, retailers, and wholesale distributors of salt blocks. He lectures at culinary schools such as the French Culinary Institute, the Institute of Culinary Education, and Le Cordon Bleu and has been recognized as a Local Food Hero by Cooking Light, and a Tastemaker by Food & Wine. He has been featured in the New York Times, The Atlantic, O magazine, GC, Rachael Ray, Wine Spectator, and on The Splendid Table, All Things Considered, CBS News, ABC News, Fox News, MSNBC, CNN and more


Andrew Schloss, who frequently develops recipes for The Meadow’s various communications and activities, contributes his expertise to the development of the recipes for the book. Schloss is the author of sixteen cookbooks including: Mastering the Grill (a New York Times best-seller) and The Science of Good Food (winner of an IACP Cookbook Award, a James Beard finalist, nominated by Le Cordon Bleu Food Media Awards as Best Food Book in the World), both co-authored with David Joachim. His latest books are Fire it Up (also with Joachim) and Homemade Sodas. He is the culinary force behind Cookulus, the first interactive cookbook app.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (May 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449430554
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449430559
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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everything the book says is true. you do not salt food you infuse it thru a delicate transfer of surface to surface contact. i cooked a wonderful pork loin, asparagus and potatoes on a hot salt block. just unbelievable salt savory with no salt taste. so natural.
the meat sizzled like on a cast iron grille. will be trying cold food next.....
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This book tells you everything. From where it comes from, how to care for it, how to heat it, etc. Great, informative book and we love to salt block cook! Nothing like scallops cooked on it!!
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Well this was a new thing for this reviewer, cooking on salt blocks.

Salt block cooking is a bit of a new trend or fad for some cooks, using a pink Himalayan salt block as a cooking surface, whether placed on the grill, the stove top or in an oven. No, this is not a late April Fool's trick or a reprint from "The Onion".

The author is sold on the idea, as you might expect, describing salt blocks as the "boldest new idea in cooking since the matchstick." The book's marketing materials join in, describing this book as something that "... will inspire you with wildly innovative uses you've never dreamed of, from cocktails to candy, from curing to grilling and from ceviche to pizza. Along the way, you'll learn the half-billion-year history of the only food that starts as a rock."

Certainly if you are a bit of a foodie and like trying out some of the latest trends this might be something for you to look at. Even if you never plan to try salt block cooking, this book could just be an interesting resource so you can, with grave authority, tell friends and family about this "bizarre way of cooking". Whether you are using a salt block (or salt plate as some vendors call it) to heat things up or cool things down, it certainly appears to be a versatile tool. If you are entertaining and have a bit of an audience it can also add to the visual theatre!

You get a very great, deep introduction to the background, art and science of salt block cooking from this book before you are given further advice and recipes for more specific uses - curing, warming, cooking and chilling on salt blocks are considered as well as even drinking from salt cups!
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I got this as part of a gift to my mother. I got her a large salt block for mother's day since she is an avid cook, and it seemed like a neat thing to cook with. Immediately upon opening it, she started putting some cut in half cherry tomatoes on it, and within seconds they were infused with salt! If you're getting a salt block for someone that's never had one before, this book is definitely a necessary addition. It has some helpful tips on cleaning and taking care of the salt block. It also has some great recipes and gives the cook ideas for new ways to use it. If you know someone who is an avid cook, a salt block and this book is a great gift!
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I've been aware of salt blocks for cooking for a few years now. However, they were too pricey for us to want to ship them into where we live. We have just found some at a reasonable price in Idaho USA and we are taking a few home with us. Salt Block Cooking gets off to strong start. Mark Bitterman explains that they are just for cooking but they can also be used for other purposes like serving, and freezing. He does an excellent job of explaining how to heat treat the block(s) before their first use. More importantly he delves into why this must be done slowly and properly. He explains what differences can be expected with cooking different kinds of foods at high versus lower heats (foods absorb more salt at lower heats). He also gets into cleaning methods. He also discusses accessories like using extreme heat resistant gloves or mitts rather than just run of the mill oven mitts. Part of the reason for this is he has a section for cooking foods BETWEEN 2 salt blocks. I would have given this book a higher rating if he had a) more recipes and b) better recipes. That is not to say that he does not have some good recipes. He does. When I look at the first one half of his recipes I found myself saying - Yes - I would do that. By the time I got into the last one half of his recipes I found myself saying I would never bother doing that. The book is worth having to get you going safely with salt blocks along with the knowledge of how to treat them and use them. I am sure many people could adapt some of the Authors recipes to their own cooking preferences and tastes. Finally, It is worth mentioning. Salt Blocks used for cooking will not last forever and this is discussed in the book. When they eventually crumble into unusable piece they can be hammered or crushed into salt for cooking or grinding onto foods. Himalayan Pink Salt is often called the Purest Salt on Earth. It has 80 trace mineral elements into in a very close balance to what is found in your body.
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I have cooked Beef,Scallops,Fish on the Salt block and everything came out looking wonderful without a salty taste and a wonderful flavor! The Book has so much information and is very helpful!
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Totally unbelievable book...I bought my partner in business a book also..and plan on getting other books for some of my friends....this is something that will leave your friends in Awwww...I cannot wait to cook my first bacon and eggs on a slab of salt.
Actually I hope no one else buys this book so I will be the only one.
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