You Officially Have Plans on Sunday: We’re All Making Lasagna with Samin Nosrat

updated Apr 30, 2020
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Samin Nosrat, author of Salt Fat Acid Heat and star of the Netflix show of the same name, has made a career of bringing people together over food. In her words, recipes, and on-camera personality, she evokes the kind of dinner parties we all wish we were having: where the food is the star of the show, but people barely notice because they’re too busy clinking glasses and gossiping over torn pieces of homemade bread slathered in fancy French butter.

That, she says on Instagram, is what she misses most right now. Obviously, shelter-at-home recommendations and orders make that gathering difficult, but Samin has decided not to let that stop her. She used her New York Times food column to invite everyone to join her in making a big lasagna this Sunday evening! You officially have plans.

Get the recipe: The Big Lasagna from the New York Times

“The most precious gift we can give one another is time spent together,” says Samin, and while we can’t do that physically, she has figured out a way to create a special experience. “So I wonder,” she says, “what would it be like if we threw out all of our expectations and showed up to be together, however flawed our cooking, however messy our kitchens, however rusty our skills?”

We will find out the answer at 7 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, when she goes live on Instagram to make lasagna — which she calls the ultimate communal dish — with people all over the country. The recipe for the lasagna is on the site, but considering that the article went up Monday, and the event is Sunday, and most of us are trying to avoid grocery shopping as much as possible, I suspect making that specific lasagna is not a big deal — it’s about the spirit of the event, not having two pounds of ricotta on hand. In the end, she concludes, “It won’t matter precisely how or where we shared this meal. It’ll matter only that we did.”

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