Cooked explores four classical elements of cooking: fire, water, air and earth. With these tools, humans can transform ingredients into delicious foods like bread, stews and chocolate. But in true Pollan fashion he not only explores what we can accomplish in our own kitchen, he reminds us of the tradition and history of these foods, their methods of preparation and the importance of our personal connection to cooking them. We cannot forget that real food, the kind of food that sustains and nourishes us, is prepared with real human hands. This is the one true and common factor no matter what dietary preference or culinary heritage one subscribes to.
And so with the debut of Cooked, my one sided love affair continues. Me, always the student and Michael Pollan, my favorite and most entertaining teacher. The kind of teacher that you wish you could have beer with or in this case maybe grow some potted herbs with. But in the end it’s all about the passion and knowledge he brings to the classroom. Pollan is a powerful voice in the battle to bring real food back into our kitchen and a relentless advocate for the foods that Madison Avenue forgot. My hero. Sigh.
You can find the Cooked series at Netflix.com and the book is available at michaelpollan.com.
A family member was kind enough to get me a signed copy of
The Omnivores Dilemma when Pollan was speaking in CA.
His note reads: “For Melissa. Vote with your fork”
This is something that I aspire to every day.