Cooked by Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan, who I am familiar with after reading Botany of Desire, just released a new book entitled Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation. In this book, author Michael he gives us “an investigation of how cooking involves us in a web of social and ecological relationships” and uncovers the direct influence each of the four natural elements has on the process of cooking. Cooking is about far more than just producing food. As I have recently become more privy to, not cooking for yourself, and subsequently relying upon corporations to process our food leads to the “direct consumption of unnecessary quantities of fat, sugar, and salt. (Pollan)” It also, according to Pollan, disrupts an essential link to the natural world, and weakens our inter-personal relationships. The cook is in “a peculiar place between nature and culture,” and learning how we relate to each is an extremely fascinating personal study. While I have not gotten the chance to read this entire book, I look forward to getting the opportunity to see Michael Pollan’s personal testimonials very soon. As a fan of his literature, I strongly recommend letting Michael Pollan show you the power of food and cooking in our society. It is important for us to take back control of cooking from large multinational corporations in order to make American food system and way of life healthier and more sustainable. You can read the full review, and grab a copy here:


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