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A uniquely enjoyable quest to understand the transformative magic of cooking – from Michael Pollan, bestselling author of In Defence of Food

In a culture of celebrity chefs and food reality shows, in countries which are crammed with fresh ingredients flown in from every corner of the Earth, we nonetheless year-on-year wade ever deeper into a great swamp of processed foods. The more we watch food on television, the less food we actually prepare and cook.

Michael Pollan's marvellous new book is a clarion-call for the virtues and values of proper cooking – an essential, defining human activity which sits at the heart of our cultures, shapes family life and is in itself hugely enjoyable. Pollan recreates the transformative fundamentals of how we cook, building from the most basic principles: cooking with fire, cooking with water, cooking with air and cooking with earth.

Cooked is an extremely funny and surprising plea to Pollan's readers to take control of their own fates and revel again in what should be a lifetime's engagement with the almost magical activity of making food. And it is, of course, about so much more – how cooking can transform both how we think about ourselves and about our families and friends.


'Pollan's book is many things, among them a memoir of learning to master the absolute basics of culinary creation: fire, water, air and earth. As Pollan chats with cheesemaking nuns and discovers Walt Whitman's views on composting, he reminds us that cooking used to be all about connection – with the world around us, with other times and cultures, and with those we cook for … this book [is] both approachable and rewarding' Hephzibah Anderson, Prospect

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.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 669 KB
  • Print Length: 451 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (23 April 2013)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AM7E4P8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled

Customer Reviews

One amazing read

 on 13 November 2014
By L. Astbury
I bought this book for myself, finished it and passed it on to my daughter, but then had to get another copy as I couldn’t bear to be without this book. I have to keep re-reading the section on the making of the Saint-Nectaire cheese – one of the most awe inspiring and profound things I’ve ever read. It made me stop and think a What IS that! in response to the description of the fascinating system of micro-organism processes taking place to produce – a cheese. Just stopped me in my tracks and I haven’t stopped thinking about this since. I wasn’t going to read the section on the pit- masters as I am veggie, but I did and was very glad I did, so much I didn’t know. The entire book is very informative, inspiring, and very enjoyable. I can’t recommend this book too highly, the appreciation of all our food and the love of cooking is there for everyone, and I find this book a continuous source of inspiration. Thank you, Michael Pollan.

Great book!

 on 22 August 2014
By George Mum
Entertaining and really informative book. This is both a set of stories and explanation of much of the magic of cooking that I hadn’t really understood.

Another fascinating book by Michael Pollan

 on 16 April 2016
By Mini Lavette
Written entirely from practical experience while researching the book, the reader follows the author’s journey as he learns all the most basic, but vital, styles of cooking and food preparation. Surprising, entertaining and educational, you’ll never see beer, bread or cheese in the same way again!

Best thing since sliced bread

 on 22 March 2016
By Josh B
Having watched the documentary of this book on Netflix I was eager to know more. This book doesn’t cover any thing extra than the series but the detail is much greater. I have tried Michael’s sour dough recipe 3 times now and I’ve finally cracked it (photo attached)

Five Stars

 on 28 February 2017
By theboyj
Bought as a gift, recipient likes it.

An inspiration!

 on 12 June 2014
By Manda K. Stone
Michael Pollan is an inspiration! I have read all of his books so was very excited when I saw this one had been published. It certainly lived up to expectation. Different in many ways from his other books equally fantastic. Can’t wait for the next one. It is the kind of book that you have to read several times to get everything from it.

Great book and a great read

 on 27 April 2016
By Ron
Great book and a great read. I actually received it faster then I was expecting and the condition of the book was perfect.


 on 25 March 2015
By grace o neill
Brilliant book which has inspired me to do more baking, braising and fermenting. It demystifies the process and makes me realize that anyone can do it, you just have to make the time.

Must read!

 on 29 September 2015
By emlou2003
Michael Pollan is a clever and entertaining food writer. This is another excellent book of his. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
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