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Miami: Michael Pollan on Cooked

Miami: Michael Pollan on Cooked

Posted by Liliana Castaño on May 12, 2014

The Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College (MDC), in collaboration with Books & Books, will host New York Times bestselling author Michael Pollan at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at MDC's Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. Pollan will present his new book, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation. Obtain one free ticket to attend the reading with purchase of book. 

For the past 25 years, Pollan has been writing about the places where nature and culture intersect. In Cooked, Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. He discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements—fire, water, air, and earth— to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer. In the course of his journey, he discovers that the cook occupies a special place in the world, standing squarely between nature and culture. Both realms are transformed by cooking, and so, in the process, is the cook. 

Pollan is the author of four other bestsellers: Food Rules: An Eater's Manual (2010); In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto(2008); The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006) and The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World (2001). The Omnivore's Dilemma was named one of the ten best books of 2006 by both the New York Times and the Washington Post. It also won the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, the James Beard Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Pollan is also the author of A Place of My Own (1997) and Second Nature (1991). 




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