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Cooked HC a Natural History of Transformation
Published by Penguin Classics
470p, b&w, hardcover, 6.5"x9.5"
" 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 using one of the four elements. A North Carolina barbecue pit master tutors him in the primal magic of fire; a Chez Panisse