Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

  • Michael Pollan
  • Author:  Michael Pollan
  • Year: 23-04-2018
  • Translator from English: Maria Kondakova
  • Availability:  In Stock
  • Product Code:  2123-01
  • SKU: 04.0049
  • ISBN: 978-619-01-0233-5
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In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements—fire, water, air, and earth—to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer.

Each section of Cooked tracks Pollan’s effort to master a single classic recipe using one of the four elements. A North Carolina barbecue pit master tutors him in the primal magic of fire; a Chez Panisse–trained cook schools him in the art of braising; a celebrated baker teaches him how air transforms grain and water into a fragrant loaf of bread; and finally, several mad-genius “fermentos” (a tribe that includes brewers, cheese makers, and all kinds of picklers) reveal how fungi and bacteria can perform the most amazing alchemies of all. The reader learns alongside Pollan, but the lessons move beyond the practical to become an investigation of how cooking involves us in a web of social and ecological relationships. Cooking, above all, connects us.

The effects of not cooking are similarly far reaching. Relying upon corporations to process our food means we consume large quantities of fat, sugar, and salt; disrupt an essential link to the natural world; and weaken our relationships with family and friends. In fact, Cooked argues, taking back control of cooking may be the single most important step anyone can take to help make the American food system healthier and more sustainable. Reclaiming cooking as an act of enjoyment and self-reliance, learning to perform the magic of these everyday transformations, opens the door to a more nourishing life.

About the Author

Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan (born in 1955) is an American author, journalist, activist, and professor of journalism at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of JournalismPollan was born on Long Island, New York, into a ... Read more

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Tags: Diets & Nutrition,Healthy Body

Specification
Year 23-04-2018
Translator from English: Maria Kondakova
Pages 488
Size 140/215 мм
Weight 0.615 kg
Cover Type Paperback
Genre Diets & Nutrition, Healthy Body

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