Cooked Equal parts memoir, cookbook, and foodie dissertation, Michael Pollan's Cooked provides a dazzling amount of food for thought — or more precisely, thought for food.… Cooked Equal parts memoir, cookbook, and foodie dissertation, Michael Pollan's Cooked provides a dazzling amount of food for thought — or more precisely, thought for food.… 2013-04-23 Nonfiction Penguin
Book Review

Cooked (2013)

COOKED: A NATURAL HISTORY OF TRANSFORMATION by Michael Pollan
COOKED: A NATURAL HISTORY OF TRANSFORMATION by Michael Pollan
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Apr 23, 2013; Writer: Michael Pollan; Genre: Nonfiction; Publisher: Penguin

Equal parts memoir, cookbook, and foodie dissertation, Michael Pollan's Cooked provides a dazzling amount of food for thought — or more precisely, thought for food. The author, who became a poster boy for the responsible-eating movement with 2006's The Omnivore's Dilemma, now argues that the simple task of preparing food may be nothing less than the secret of our evolution from primates — not to mention our best hope in the ongoing battle against obesity and poor nutrition. Pollan is a little pedantic at times: His lessons on umami and fermentation are old hat for gourmands, and his highbrower-than-thou citations (Hesiod, Lévi-Strauss et al.) can irk. But the book's surplus of fascinating tidbits — about everything from barbecue (which Pollan connects to ritual animal sacrifice) to the mysterious workings of bread yeast — makes it a feast for intellectual omnivores. B+

Originally posted Apr 24, 2013 Published in issue #1257 May 03, 2013 Order article reprints
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