About us

Who we are

We are a couple of food lovers who, despite living in a small apartment in New York City, love to undertake any kind of food project, big or small. We've fermented chorizo, brewed lagers and ales, made our own bread, cured shad roe, destemmed, crushed, and fermented hundreds of pounds of grapes to make our own wines, and cooked dinner nightly, all in our 550 square foot apartment. We also think that sometimes there's nothing like a good boiled hotdog, plain on the bun.

Why we started Charcoal & Salt

We started this website as a way to keep track of and share our projects. As we looked around for different blogging platforms to use, we realized that we wanted to be able to differentiate between "recipes," which we thought should be concise and easy to reference, and "posts," which we thought could be longer descriptions of the process. We couldn't find any platforms that supported these two things in the way we wanted, so we built our own. On this site you'll find that most recipes are accompanied by a longer narrative post, but that you can quickly find a concise recipe just by viewing our recipe index in the navigation.

What we post

In a lot of ways, cooking reminds us quite a bit of an old allegory about a rooster. The story goes that a man wanted to buy a drawing of a rooster from an artist. The artist said, "Yes sir, absolutely. Come back in a year." The man waited and waited and then in a year returned to the artist to get his drawing. When the man arrived at the artist's studio and asked for his drawing, the artist said, "oh yes, of course, give me one minute." In that minute he took out a pencil and paper and drew a perfect rooster. The man who had paid for the drawing huffed and puffed. "I've waited a whole year for this rooster and you just made it in one minute!?!" The artist replied, "Yes, but what you don't see is that I had never drawn a rooster before you asked me, so I spent every day for the past year learning and practicing so that I could draw the most perfect rooster for you just now."

These are the recipes that we've made time and again, constantly tweaking as we've learned how to make them better. We will only post recipes that we are proud of and that we find absolutely delicious. And we hope that you will be able to jump in and use the recipes and techniques we've honed to create your own delicious food.

We'd love to hear from you!

Feel free to get in touch with us with any questions, comments, and feedback. You can contact us at:

—E & S