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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.

Reviews:

'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.

Intelligent but doesn’t make your brain ache

 on 16 October 2014
By Kathryn
This is a concise little read which is entertaining and amusing, but with a fairly serious message. If you are expecting a lot of detailed food science you will not find it here. Much of the contents are common sense once you get the general idea, but it is a good motivator if you are wanting to improve the way you eat.

Interesting but short!

 on 28 January 2018
By Amazon Customer
Short sharp and sweet! I do feel for the money it could of had at least 20% to 30% more tips but what was there was some valid points but mainly reminders of what we know but don’t do anymore.

Well worth reading

 on 15 August 2014
By getreal
Superb book – Basically sums up the philosophy in 7 words and then goes on to prove it with further detail. All good practical sense that we really know deep down but set out in a clear and informative way. Doesn’t get wrapped up with science and as you are reading it, you just know that what he is saying is right – just have to put it into practice now – which is the slightly harder task. Definitely recommend

It all seems like common sense.

 on 5 January 2016
By John
It all seems like common sense when you read it. Most of the advice does feel like something my grandparents would have said and it reflects how I was brought up (and we were all thin and healthy)

Well worth reading

 on 27 April 2017
By tigertiger-burning bright
A very concise, easy read, but extremely useful and informative

Seven words to live by

 on 5 July 2018
By inservice
What a super book…

Small, but perfectly formed.

 on 24 February 2016
By Jenster
Very, very good – and handbag-sized. For me, its the most useful thing I’ve read about food since “Freedom From Emotional Eating”.

Obvious but necessary

 on 22 June 2013
By C. J. Tyler
Much of this is familiar, obvious and common sense. So why have I forgotten nearly all of this? Every household should have one of these and review its shopping and eating habits against the rules frequently.
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