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Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation | Michael Pollan
The New York Times Top Five Bestseller - Michael Pollan's uniquely enjoyable quest to understand the transformative magic of cookingIn 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.Reviews:'Pollan's book is many things, among them a memoir of learning to master the absolute basics of culinary creation: fire, water, air and earth. As Pollan chats with cheesemaking nuns and discovers Walt Whitman's views on composting, he reminds us that cooking used to be all about connection - with the world around us, with other times and cultures, and with those we cook for ... this book [is] both approachable and rewarding' Hephzibah Anderson, ProspectAbout the author: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.
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Schnoebs
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5⭐️

Focused on the influence on elements, Pollan takes the reader through a journey of fire, water, air and earth. He shows how in our modern civilizations we have become rather disconnected from the food we eat. The influences the 4 elements have on our daily lives is very apparent when you take to time to actually observe what is happening to our food and how it is made.

#audiobook #scribd #nonfiction #food #mpls #twincities

Crazeedi Sounds very interesting! 2mo
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Schnoebs
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Accidentally got to my doctor‘s appointment a little early. Guess that means I can listen and follow along to my audiobook a little bit longer 🤷‍♀️💕

#scribd #audiobook #nonfiction #reading #mpls #twincities

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cariashley
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Not my favorite Michael Pollan, but definitely interesting, and I can read/listen to books about food and cooking all day long. It‘s my first time listening to one of his books rather than reading, and he does a great job narrating.

TheKidUpstairs I haven't read this one, but the tv show based off of it is wonderful! 12mo
cariashley @TheKidUpstairs you know, I‘ve had that on my Netflix queue forever but somehow never made the connection that it was from the book! I need to watch it! 12mo
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cariashley
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Spending Sunday #audiobaking 🍌🍞 with Michael Pollan. Very enjoyable and informative listen (and love the multiple cameos by Samin Nosrat, who has become one of my faves). Switching from baking to cooking now!

mreads Looks delish 👍❤ 12mo
Tanisha_A Michael Pollan is great to watch and listen to! 12mo
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jpmcwisemorgan
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I‘m not sure which book this quote came from but he writes about food regularly so it really probably could have shown up in a lot of them.

#tease #Quotsy #QuotsyJuly18 #LitsyQuoteChallenge

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MEGR
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So happy to have time (and just enough energy) to read in bed after a long day! 👌🏽🤓

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Samplergal
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TheKidUpstairs
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#riotgrams
A favourite hobby? Definitely cooking. I love to do it, sometimes using recipes (I've got a pretty big cookbook collection/obsession) and sometimes just winging it. Today is the latter, I'm making a big pot of soup to use up some veggies 😊

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Craftylikefox
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Reading this tonight is wonderful but also kind of like torturing myself. It makes me want to work on my cooking skills. It also makes me want to get out and garden ( I can't right now because Maine can't figure out what season it is). I wanted to try all the stews and braises he talked out about, but I have been having a nasty flare up so my best food choice is rice right now. Still this book is worth reading :)

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Craftylikefox
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#booknlunch I already ate the lunch but am finally diving into cooked. I have really enjoyed Michael Pollan's other books and already I am enjoying this one. Hopefully it will push me back into canning and making my own bread. I don't have the room to brew beer in this tiny rental but I will again someday :)

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Also, shout out to Netflix for making this. I watched it one day on a whim and was fascinated from start to finish. As soon as it was over, I ordered the book. If 400+ pages about cooking isn't for you, I at least recommend you watch this.

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QuothTheAshes
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I don't even know what to say about this book. It has deeply impacted my life. It changed the way I thought about food and cooking; I haven't bought a frozen thing since beginning to read it. It inspired me to finally learn to bake bread, something that I have always longed to learn. I've sent passages to friends and had deep discussions about life because of this book. Maybe it won't affect you like this, but I sincerely hope it does. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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QuothTheAshes
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Who wants to go grab a beer? 🍻

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QuothTheAshes
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You know that what you're reading is serious business when half the page is footnotes.

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QuothTheAshes
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I love my days off...nothing is better than a relaxing morning with a good book, a cup of coffee, and Jelly curled up at my side. ❤

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QuothTheAshes
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So it turns out I've been cooking wrong my whole life. Maybe if I had this mindset, making dinner after a long day of work wouldn't feel like such a chore.
Don't get me wrong, I love cooking. But I don't think I've given it the thought and respect it deserves.

This book has me rethinking a lot of things.

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QuothTheAshes
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I never thought I would use "badass" to describe a plant that I eat, but I guess there's a first time for everything. This is seriously cool.

Always keep fighting, little onions. I respect your effort.

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mllemay
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"...unspecified worry being the usual condition."

Was not expecting to find such a spot-on description of how my brain works in a book about food but here we are. (Sorry for the black blob to block out the text ? I really miss the blurring tool in the photo editor ?)

cathysaid Me too! Bring back the blurring tool! 3y
Laura317 It explains generalized anxiety especially well. And I agree on the blurring tool. 3y
pppooraikul I also miss the blurring tool and the splashing tool. 😢 3y
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mllemay @Laura317 right? "a low simmer of unspecified worry" - I've never been able to articulate it like that but that's exactly what it is! 3y
Laura317 @mllemay I know! It really is always just simmering underneath. 3y
KVanRead That is a great quote. But I have figured out that you can blur by choosing the focus option and then linear. It blurs out everything but the part you are focusing. @cathysaid @laura317 @pppooraikul 3y
Laura317 @KVanRead Thanks for letting me know! 3y
mllemay @KVanRead thank you so much for this!! 3y
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LibrarianChels
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I have never cared so much about how the delicious pigs I eat lived. 50 pages in and loving it.

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mllemay
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My commute read at the moment. I'm only 50 pages in but I can already tell that I have a new intellectual crush 😍 #nonfictionchallenge17

tjwill I read his book The Omnivore's Dilemma last year, and it was so enlightening. 3y
Megabooks Awesome! 3y
mllemay @tjwill I have a feeling I'm going to read all of his other books after I finish this one. I love the way he presents information. 3y
TheLondonBookworm The only reason I don't mind commuting is the reading time 😂😂 3y
mllemay @TheLondonBookworm Same here! It's literally an excuse to read without being interrupted 👍🏻 3y
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MPL
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On step 3 of Michael Pollan's seven water steps - we see a stew in our future!

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KatrinaRose
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I don't historically have the healthiest of all relationships with food, so trying to reverse that one science-backed and focused on health, not restriction, book at a time.

AnnieReads Michael Pollan is such a sensible food writer. I really liked Cooked. 3y
Amandajoy You may want to look at this one. It's great for learning to listen to your body when it comes to food. 3y
KatrinaRose @Amandajoy Added to stack! Thanks 💕 3y
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Lakesidemusing Loved the audio version (read by the author)❣️ 3y
Dolly This man is my hero! He has changed my life and my way of thinking about food. I've listened to most of his books rather than read them. 3y
JacqMac I loved the Netflix series. The book is in my TBR since watching it. 3y
hgrimes I really loved this book! 3y
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MPL
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Eat.Drink.Read's Dec/Jan #bookclub pick! Any Michael Pollan fans out there?

ApoptyGina69 I've read The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food. I preferred the former. Let us know how Cooked is. I'll try to page through it at the bookstore on my Wednesday sojourn. 🌮🌯🍜🍝 3y
Copwithabook I thought it was better than In Defense of Food but not as great as Omnivore's Dilemma. 3y
MPL @ApoptyGina69 @Rachelm476 Sounds like we need to read Omnivore's Dilemma next. 3y
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mllemay
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#augustofpages #bookphotochallenge #bookhaul 8 years at university + the past 6 months of bar prep courses and bar exams + the fact that I'm not yet employed = I'm not buying a lot of books right now.
These are the ones I acquired in August. Bottom two were a gift, and the others I got for 5$ (total) at my library's used books kiosk.

LeahBergen Oh, Emily 😍 3y
mllemay @LeahBergen she's my book soulmate 😍 I was so happy to find these copies! 3y
rubyslippersreads Emily Lyons of New Moon is my favorite book in the entire world. 💕📚💕 3y
mllemay @rubyslippersreads I'm so happy when I find other people who love those books as much as I do ❤️ 3y
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gracemom
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"... The answer to several of the questions that most occupied me was is fact one and the same: Cook."

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hgrimes
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Wait, this is a Michael Pollan book?! I thought it was "Good Eats: The Book". Well, in any case, if you enjoy "Good Eats", you will definitely enjoy this book! Also a perfect book to follow Omnivore's Dilemma.

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hgrimes
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Reading about cheese while making cheese.

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Kalystia

Bailing but only for now. I'll be back, Mr Pollan.

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hgrimes
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Only mind-blowing to those who have no idea how cheese is made. (most people and especially the FDA)

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hgrimes
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why do I like reading this?

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hgrimes
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Finally, I have actually arrived at the bread chapter. Maybe it will get me to stop hating kneading so much. Probably not.

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hgrimes

"If you don't eat processed foods, you don't need to worry about it [salt]. Which means: Don't ever be afraid of salt!"
Thank youuuu! So fucking sick of these snooty overpriced restaurants in the Bay that serve the blandest food because everyone's into demonizing salt!

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hgrimes
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I am an expert at this method of cooking. I graduated from college at the beginning of the recession and am still just scraping by 10 years later. We eat like peasants.

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AlwaysBeReading
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I learned more than I thought I would!! The sequence of the chapters is perfect and tied together beautifully at the end. I've watched the Netflix series 3 times already, and I will probably watch it many times more. I think it's important to look at food and cooking through his lens!

BookishMarginalia Loved the series! 3y
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AlwaysBeReading
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Science! 🍷

kdwinchester My favorite of his books! You never forget your first Michael Pollan! ❤️🧀🍗🍑🍞🍇🍉 3y
Gezemice I got to get my medicine... 🍷 3y
AlwaysBeReading @kdwinchester it was my first Pollan book and pretty darn good! I'm going to cleanse my palate with a novel before starting another though lol I can only read non-fiction for so long. I already like cooking but this gave me a greater desire! 3y
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AlwaysBeReading
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"Bacteria-free food may be making us sick."

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hgrimes

Michael Pollan gives weird hermit mountain man a five-star review for his authentic wood-smoked cuisine.

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hgrimes

"Bittor likes to work in solitude, seldom leaves Axpe, and is not given to pronouncements, except perhaps one: "Carbon es el enemigo" - Charcoal is the enemy." Where the hell does he find these characters?

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AlwaysBeReading
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"In the end, what has been removed from industrial bread by the addition of so many chemical additives is the ingredient of time."

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hgrimes

Michael Pollan: the original beer/pig garden hipster of the East Bay.

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"The pork was the best I've ever had, but to my disappointment, the restaurant uses factory farmed pigs, losing its authenticity. This is why I only gave it 4 stars." - Michael Pollan's yelp review

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Well researched and I enjoyed the format of the book, but I felt that sometimes it lost my interest. Overall, the take away is a beautiful message that cooking might be something people are doing less, but should be doing more because it is joyful, worth the time, and brings people together.

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Things you didn't expect to be reading about in a book about cooking food.

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hgrimes
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Some of this feels like a really long yelp review.

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hgrimes
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Reading Michael Pollan always puts me in a snobby bread-making mood. I made this one in the dutch oven out of leftover whey I needed to get rid of before it went bad. (I don't know if this all makes me a snob, or someone's grandma)

[DELETED] 2678557665 The bread portion of Cooked was by far the most appetite inducing. Bread looks amazing! 3y
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AlwaysBeReading
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"And that is how Ed Mitchell got into the barbecue business. The good Lord had brought me right back to where I started, cooking for my mom." Awww! ?

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AlwaysBeReading
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🍖😋🍖

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AlwaysBeReading
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I've already watched the Netflix series "Cooked" twice, and I'm so excited to read all of his books! I just got this three-pack delivered today :)

kdwinchester COOKED is my favorite of his books. I don't know if it's because it was my first Pollan book or if it was because Pollan reads the audiobook version. So wonderful. 😻💖 4y
AlwaysBeReading @kdwinchester It could be his voice, he made such a great narrator on Netflix I'm hearing him in my head as I'm reading the first few chapters! 4y
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Are frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches really a thing? 😳