Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

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Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

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AUTHOR : Michael Pollan

PUBLISHER : Penguin Books

PRICE : $22

GENRE : Culinary Arts & Techniques

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. In the course of his journey, he

discovers that the cook occupies a special place in the world, standing squarely between nature and culture. Both realms are transformed by cooking, and so, in the process, is the cook. Each section of “Cooked” tracks Pollan’s effort to master a single classic recipe.

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