Pan-Fried Sesame Salmon with Iburi-Jio Cherry Smoked Salt

A salmon caught high in the freshwater streams of the mountains bears within its pink flesh the flavors of faraway places in the Pacific Ocean, a rosy imprint of the long voyage back to its birthplace. These fish see a lot of things below the ocean depths. And then they eat them. Salmon deserve a suitably thoughtful and voracious treatment in the kitchen.

White Balsamic Melon Sorbet with Haleakala Ruby Sea Salt

Once in a while salting is not about harmony. Instead it’s about a gentle but jangling discord. Haleakala Ruby is a luscious, warm Hawaiian sea salt that takes its color from the Haleakala volcano’s sacred alaea clay. This is a salt that excels on fish and pork, where it seeks out and then embellishes the opulent undercurrents of flavors lurking in these subtler foods. But it’s also good on fruit. The salt shifts unexpectedly from meadows of sunny butter to coral reefs of revitalizing brine.

Salt Block Scallops with Szechuan Peppercorns and Citrus

Sautéeing on Himalayan salt blocks creates exponentially more flavor than sautéeing in a conventional skillet. This is because a salt block cooks your food in two ways. At a blazing 500 degrees or higher, the heavy block of salt has enormous thermal mass, sizzling away moisture to produce a thick crust of rich, concentrated flavor.

Soft Scrambled Eggs with Truffle Salt

Try to remember the first time you heard about the combination of truffles and eggs. I was on an airplane, flying out for a week-long visit with my nana. Ice melted slowly into the puddle of O.J. remaining in the clear plastic cup. My legs dangled from the chair, toes still inches from the floor, making me feel uncomfortable next to the impeccably dressed woman sitting next to me, who inexplicably took me on as a close confident, lavishing me with stories of shopping expeditions through the souqs of Cairo...

Osso Bucco with Sel Gris Gremolata

Man Ray. Some names were just tailor made for greatness. If my parents had thought to name me Man instead of Mark I might actually have made something of myself. Picasso. Nobody named Picasso could not be great, if you know what I mean. The name, Osso bucco has that air of irrefutable deliciousness. Veal shank braised in aromatic herbs, spices, and vegetables, a bit of wine and the incredible mouth feel of veal bone marrow that dissipates slowly throughout the flesh...

Roasted Lemon Chicken with Sel Gris

Coarse, crunchy salts like sel gris (coarse sea salt) should be a legally required addition to roast chicken. The real question is, should the salt go on before you tuck the bird into the oven, or after you have carved it and set it on the table? Before you don your finest wrestling gear to settle the matter with violence, consider the possibility that both are great.