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Cooked A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan
  

Cooked A Natural History of Transformation

Cookery, Food and Drink   

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Transformation is the word used in the subtitle; these extended essays on Cooking show how we transform raw foods into palatable meals for ourselves. There is transformation too that can happen to us humans- cooking keeps us grounded, it can mean a far healthier diet and less reliance on industrial food. It can save us money, can save our sanity, it can mean an education, it can be a career, it can be a way of sharing our love. Michael Pollan captures the process of cooking, by plunging in and learning from the masters on how to bake, brew, braise and roast he shares a wealth of advice, information, inspiration and encouragement to cast off the shackles and find the kitchen again.

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Cooked A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan

Extraordinary stories of transformation in a quest to uncover the fundamentals of cooking - from writer and cooking star Michael Pollan. Michael Pollan's Cooked takes us back to basics and first principles: cooking with fire, with water, with air and with earth. Meeting cooks from all over the world, who share their wisdom and stories, Pollan shows how cooking is at the heart of our culture and that when it gets down to it, it also fundamentally shapes our lives. Filled with fascinating facts and curious, mouthwatering tales from cast of eccentrics, Cooked explores the deepest mysteries of how and why we cook.

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It's not often that a life-changing book falls into one's lap ... Yet Michael Pollan's Cooked is one of them. One it's impossible to read and not act on ... Embrace bacteria, cook thoughtfully and slow, and taste some of the most luscious food you've ever eaten, this powerful book says. And do it for the people you love as well as the invisible soldiers inside you who are fighting to keep you strong. Cooked is a book of revelations for today's hungry human animal. Be changed by it - Sunday Telegraph

In Cooked, Pollan continues his campaign to get us to eat properly and pleasurably by making meals from scratch ... a warm, thoughtful narrative in which Pollan encounters everything from a surfing baker who makes the perfect sourdough to a cheese-making nun. This is a love song to old, slow kitchen skills at their delicious best -- Kathryn Hughes Guardian BOOKS OF THE YEAR

A rare, ranging breed of narrative that manages to do all ... In Pollan's dexterous hands, we get the science, the history, the inspiration, ultimately the recipe. What feels like all of it. It doesn't hurt that he also happens to be very funny - Boston Globe

About the Author

Michael Pollan is the author of Second Nature, A Place of My Own, The Botany of Desire, The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defence of Food and Food Rules. He lives in California.

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Book Info

Publication date

3rd April 2014

Author

Michael Pollan

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
480 pages

Categories

Cookery / food & drink etc

ISBN

9780141975627

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