Cooked ...in 30 Minutes - The Expert Guide to Michael Pollan's Critically Acclaimed Book

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Overview

Explore the history of food and its impact on humanity.

Cooked ...in 30 minutes is the essential guide to quickly understanding the evolution of food and how the four elements-fire, water, air, and earth-transform raw ingredients into delicious meals and drinks.

Understand the key ideas of Cooked in a fraction of the time, using this guide's:

• Concise synopsis, which ...

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Overview

Explore the history of food and its impact on humanity.

Cooked ...in 30 minutes is the essential guide to quickly understanding the evolution of food and how the four elements-fire, water, air, and earth-transform raw ingredients into delicious meals and drinks.

Understand the key ideas of Cooked in a fraction of the time, using this guide's:

• Concise synopsis, which examines the principles of Cooked
• In-depth analysis of key concepts, such as "Cooking as a Cultural Mirror" and the "Problems with Corporate Cooking"
• Practical applications and techniques gleaned from cooking masters
• Insightful background on Michael Pollan, best-selling author of Cooked, The Omnivore's Dilemma, and The Botany of Desire
• Extensive glossary, recommended reading list, and bibliography

In Cooked, best-selling author and award-winning journalist Michael Pollan examines how the discovery of controlled fire altered human development in physical, mental, and cultural ways. Through extensive research, travel, interviews, and hands-on preparation, Pollan investigates the dietary shifts in society from the earliest humans to the present domination of food production.

With a focus on cooking-what gets cooked and how-Pollan is interested in the process of transformation that happens when meat, fruit, vegetables, and grains meet fire, water, air, and earth. Using the classical elements, Pollan investigates four types of food: barbecue for fire, braising for water, bread for air, and beer, kimchi, and sauerkraut for earth. A journey into the world of food, Cooked eloquently draws a line from primitive man's experiments with roasting meat to the fine art of modern cuisine.

A compelling narrative with a strong argument for home cooking, Cooked reveals the deep relationships between food and humanity, and its development through the lens of sociology and technology.

About the 30 Minute Expert Series
The 30 Minute Expert Series is designed for busy individuals interested in exploring a book's ideas, history, application, and critical reception. The series offers detailed analyses, critical presentations of key ideas and their application, extensive reading lists for additional information, and contextual understanding of the work of leading authors. Designed as companions to the original works, the 30 Minute Expert Series enables readers to develop expert knowledge of important works ...in 30 minutes.

As with all books in the 30 Minute Expert Series, this book is intended to be purchased alongside the reviewed title, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623151935
  • Publisher: Callisto Media Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/21/2013
  • Pages: 40
  • Product dimensions: 5.83 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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About the 30 Minute Expert Series

The 30 Minute Expert Series is designed for busy individuals interested in acquiring an in-depth understanding of critically acclaimed books.

More than just a summary, each book in the 30 Minute Expert Series offers a detailed analysis, key ideas and their application, and a contextual understanding of each work, in a straightforward and easily digestible format. Designed as companions to the original works, the 30 Minute Expert Series texts enable readers to gain expert knowledge of important works ...in 30 Minutes.
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  • Posted July 11, 2013

    Fire, water, earth and air. We all know these are four natural e

    Fire, water, earth and air. We all know these are four natural elements, but did you know that all of these methods have been used in cooking? A lot of people are interested in cooking nowadays, they are better known as "foodies". I think anyone who considers themselves a foodie should check out this book. It has recipes and tips on how to cook your food without using a microwave or oven. The Author gives some very fascinating stories on how corporate cooking has made things a lot less personal. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted July 11, 2013

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    I was looking to break out of the repetitive cooking slump I was

    I was looking to break out of the repetitive cooking slump I was in, luckily I found this beginning cook book. I never realized how many different ways there was to prepare food. Cooked...in 30 Minutes breaks down ways to cook raw food from fire to air to water and earth in fast sections. Michael Pollan starts to open up the reasons we by and prepare foods in certain ways. Over all this book is a starting place for anyone to learn more extensive ways to cook meals in their kitchens. I encourage them if they liked this book like I did to read on to the longer version but this one is a great place to start. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    I found this useful! This short book is basically a long essay o

    I found this useful! This short book is basically a long essay or review which describes Pollan’s writing style and the points and ideas from Cooked. It includes reactions from press and bloggers and it also has a list of suggested reading and lists of key terms used by Pollan that many readers may not be familiar with yet. I’m moving on to Pollan’s Cooked next!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    The Expert Guide to Michael Pollan¿s ¿Cooked,¿ is a wonderful ta

    The Expert Guide to Michael Pollan’s ‘Cooked,’ is a wonderful taste of the book itself. If you’re short on time, or want a preview of Cooked, this guide is exactly where to turn. It outlines Pollan’s key points, brings up examples from the text, and speaks in clear language without cheating the content of its depth. Pollan has profound ideas on how the history of cooking mirrors the history of culture; this guide is worth the 30 minutes it will take the learn them. 

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  • Posted July 8, 2013

    If you¿ve read Cooked, are reading it now, or have ever wondered

    If you’ve read Cooked, are reading it now, or have ever wondered if the book is right for you, you should take a look at this installment of the The 30 Minute Expert Series.  This expert guide is amazing in the way it is able to take all of Michael Pollan’s thoughts, questions, and conclusions about food and present them to the reader in a much shorter and direct format.  Everything from how Pollan researched different cooking techniques to how he believes those techniques influenced human development is discussed in this guide.  It even talks about the author himself, about how the book was received and provides both examples for every topic discussed and real world ways to bring back cooking traditions.

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  • Posted July 8, 2013

    Cooking to Strengthen Family Ties Michael Pollan has come out wi

    Cooking to Strengthen Family Ties
    Michael Pollan has come out with yet another great book covering a topic that’s important to everyone, food. “Cooked in 30 Minutes,” gives you the 30 minutes overview of Pollan’s book and quite frankly leaves you wanting more. This entertaining and educational book connects man’s earliest attempts at cooking to the art it has become today. Pollan’s arguments are strong and thoroughly researched giving reader’s a reliable source on the value of home-cooked meals and the drawbacks of pre-cooked/fast-food. 

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  • Posted July 8, 2013

    ¿Cooked in 30 Minutes: An Expert Guide¿ is an examination of Mic

    “Cooked in 30 Minutes: An Expert Guide” is an examination of Michael Pollan’s “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation.”  This Guide presents Pollan’s research into how four basic elements—water, fire, air, and earth have had a major impact on food and its preparation.  This impact has changed society in terms of the role of food as well as its preparation in families, regions, and corporations.  If this sounds intriguing to you, the Guide is a great introduction to Pollan’s larger text.  It’s fast to read, and seems relatively thorough.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Cooked¿in 30 Minutes is a perfect, bite-sized introduction to Mi

    Cooked…in 30 Minutes is a perfect, bite-sized introduction to Michael Pollan’s Cooked, which explores how the process of cooking food has shaped human culture. It’s a fascinating subject, and, like other books in the 30 Minutes series, this one breaks the larger concepts down into easily-digested bits of information, just enough to spark an interest in the whole book. A good introduction to an interesting topic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Prior to reading this guide, I viewed cooking merely as somethin

    Prior to reading this guide, I viewed cooking merely as something that needed to be done. "Cooked" takes you on an amazing, short, guided journey into the study of history, technique, and the cultural development of food preparation. The author does a great job of creating imagery and being descriptive, yet being concise and not boring the reader. There is a full length book, "Cooked: A History of Transformation", and after reading this guide, I will definitely have to check out the real deal.  I highly recommend this book for all of my foodie friends who are curious about the history, beauty, and depth behind the food industry. If you enjoy this one, perhaps you'll read the full version!

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