Food has become central and also equally neglected in our day and age. We consume more and understand less. This book is the first step you can take into looking beyond the veil and understand the connection we as a people have with food and it's core elements: fire, water, air and earth. And maybe, just maybe, we will be able to step back and see a clearer larger picture that enables, empowers and enriches all at the same time. After this book, I've always felt an urge to take up the culinary arts, to reconnect with what I eat and be nourished.
A Compelling, Delicious, Hugely enjoyable read. Pollan narrates the evolution of cooking as a master story teller. And inspires us to return to cooking and eating real food as we move steadily into an existence where the food we eat is outsourced. A must read.
I have enjoyed reading this book in one seating. The author is a great researcher and has in-depth knowledge of the subject. Every line of the book is precise. It is a masterpiece on the subject. Thanks.
This book is quite a personal narrative by the author and draws to a major extent on his own experiences and anecdotes he has picked up along the way. As is observed quite early in the book, cooking is a defining human activity since we are the only species which cooks – homo sapiens could be viewed as the cooking human. Cooking is not just a matter of sustaining ourselves, but it is a very social activity and has developed and changed as society has developed and changed.
The author goes on to consider his subject by division into the four ancient elements, Fire, Water, Air and Earth which is a novel way of approaching the subject of cooking. He looks at how our current approach to cooking has come about, sometimes for economic reasons, sometimes social, sometimes purely practical. All this narrative is peppered with anecdotal examples of people involved in the process of food preparation.
This is not a recipe book, although there are plenty of ideas to pursue should you so wish and there are, at the end, four representative recipes, one for each of the elements. There is a suggested bibliography for further reading together with suggested sources which the author has drawn upon which may inspire you to read further on the subject.
This is an extremely well researched book, which has been thoughtfully and intelligently put together to make it into an interesting compendium. It will certainly make you think more about what, where and why you are eating.