Cooked: A Natural History Of Transformation (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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The author recounts the story of his culinary education and the roles of the four classical elements of fire, water, air and earth in transforming natural ingredients into delicious meals and drinks, in an account that traces his efforts to master classic recipes using one of the four elements.

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The author recounts the story of his culinary education and the roles of the four classical elements of fire, water, air and earth in transforming natural ingredients into delicious meals and drinks, in an account that traces his efforts to master classic recipes using one of the four elements.

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    I just this book yesterday still reading the introduction it mak

    I just this book yesterday still reading the introduction it makes so much sense we have gotten out of sitting down as a family at the dinner table. We need to get back to basics cook more at home and we all will be heathier for it. Put it tjs way when we cook at home the home cook controls how much salt,fat,and sugar etc.. goes into the meal the home cook cooks at home.I have fond memeories of my mom and grandmother who toke the time to cook a meal that turned delish!!! I recommend getting this book and reading it and try cooking a meal or two at home.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2013

    I agree with his world view on food.  I've read his other books

    I agree with his world view on food.  I've read his other books and they have changed the way I think and the way I buy food.  So excited to get this book and cook with him!

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Mixed feelings

    There are parts of this book I enjoyed, and parts I basically flipped through. The author was far too wordy in some sections, and his comparison of the barbecue pit master to a high priest seemed over the top. This book would have little interest to anyone who is not a "foodie" or at least quite interested in cooking. I did, however enjoy the section on braising.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Enjoyed this book

    I love how Pollan incorporates science and history into his narratives. This is an interesting look at 4 forms of food preparation. I just wish there were more recipes. I really wanted to taste more of the food he described.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Transformative way of looking at food.  Best read in a long time

    Transformative way of looking at food.  Best read in a long time.  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    Boring

    Boring, boring, boring.

    1 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2014

    Enjoyable read, very informative

    It's the first book I've read by Michael Pollan. I thoroughly enjoyed it. He's brilliant, very witty and in depth. I purchased Sandor Katz book, The Art of Fermentation on his recommendation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Suicide

    Imma do. Bye!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Anna

    Im at mockingjay alright

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Me too CJ

    Shes totally gone see you there.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

    To SE (saige everdeen)

    Keep writing!:) dont stop please!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Saige Everdeen, part 2

    Hey guys. Thanks for the bios. Er, bio. So far, I guess. I will add the bios on Monday, so stay tuned.



















































    Gale hands me a beaver pelt and I wrap the berries in there with careful hands. A bell sounds and echoes through the trees. "It's time for the reaping." Katniss announces. I roll my eyes. "Thank you, Captain Obvious." We run our separate ways and I take the pelt and the berries, hoping to sell it in the Hob, if the unthinkable doesn't happen.























    My mother lays out a short blue dress with lace and buttons. I stare in awe.--- Sorry it was so short next part at next result.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

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    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    I loved his sense of humor, clairity and cohesive approach. Very

    I loved his sense of humor, clairity and cohesive approach. Very informative and thoroughly enjoyable--I highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

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    I love this book and his views on getting back to basics when it

    I love this book and his views on getting back to basics when it comes to what we eat. Great job!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    Highly recommended

    The book is an interesting read with many thought-provoking sections. It asks why we allow corporations to do the cooking for us when we should be cooking meals for our families ourselves. Cooking for the family provides a nurturing element that one cannot get from taking the gang to Culver's for hamburgers. Pollan's scientific descriptions of how food is transformed through cooking is fascinating and has caused me to note some of these things for my own future reference. Very enjoyable reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    Foodies Beware!

    This book, while certainly well written and impeccably researched is quite a slog to get through. I just ran out of interest by stage 4 - earth and the fermentation process - too detailed . This is as much a history of man and food as an ode to modern cooking technique. Maybe it was the 75 pages devoted to making a loaf of bread that wore me out. A book should entertain as well as inform and this one just seemed to inform, glad i am finished.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2013

    Not my favorite

    Way too much information and story telling for me. The Fire chapter was about NC, which was unique, but being a non-meat eater, it grossed me out.
    After that it got better!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    It's OK

    I guess I expected something different. Well written, imaginative but information drags with too many details.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 9, 2014

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