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What the 4 Elements of Cooking Can Teach You About EQ

If you approach the kitchen with the same fear that you would approach a radioactive gas chamber filled with atomic bombs, I’ve got a treat for you.

It’s my new favorite cookbook called Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking.

It doesn’t teach you how to follow recipes – although there are recipes in the back. Rather, it shows you the building blocks of cooking and how you can use them to cook whatever you want, without a recipe.

Salting food has become a science to me because I never thought about how it breaks down the food through a chemical reaction. Salting your foods the day before? Game changer.

And it’s completely revolutionized how I approach using acids in my cooking.

Acids can be everything from lemon juice to cheese, and it’s the way you use acid in food that opens up the flavors. If salt brings out the flavor, the acid will make it bloom.

Then, depending on how you’re cooking your meals, the interplay between the type of heat you use and the type of fat (oil, butter, ghee, etc.), is crucial to how the food cooks.

If you master these four building blocks, you’ll become a better cook by instinct instead of relying on paint by numbers recipes.

And y’know, you can say the same thing about the four EQ ranges of the frequency spectrum:

  • Lows – Makes your mix thick and creamy, with plenty of bass that you can feel.
  • Low-mids – Makes your mix powerful but if you overcook it, you’ll find it becomes too boomy or muddy.
  • High-mids – Makes your mix present and edgy, but you can also make it sound too harsh if you over-process it.
  • Highs – Opens up the mix, brightens it up and adds air. Too much and it’ll be all cymbals, and your dog will hate you.

The reason I like Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat so much is because it teaches me to cook the same way I teach you to master EQ in EQ Strategies – Your Ultimate Guide to EQ.

I give you the building blocks of the frequency spectrum and exactly how to approach each EQ range to build a mix that’s balanced, big and brilliant.

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About Björgvin Benediktsson

I’m Björgvin Benediktsson. I’m a musician, audio engineer and best-selling author. I help musicians and producers make a greater impact with their music by teaching them how to produce and engineer themselves. I’ve taught thousands of up and coming home studio producers such as yourself how to make an impact with their music through Audio Issues since 2011.

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