A Natural History of Transformation

» Michael Pollan

Allen Lane
Hardback : 23 Apr 2013


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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.

Praise for In Defence of Food:

'With his lucid style and innovative research, Pollan deserves his reputation as one of the most respectable voices in the modern debate about food' Tristram Stuart, Financial Times

'Brings home the real wonder of eating food' Sunday Times

'A tough, witty, cogent rebuttal to the preposition that food can be reduced to its nutritional components without the loss of something essential ... a lively, invaluable book' Janet Maslin, New York Times

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 : Hardback
ISBN: 9781846147500
Size : 153 x 234mm
Pages : 480
Published : 23 Apr 2013
Publisher : Allen Lane

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A Natural History of Transformation

» Michael Pollan


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