Cooked by Michael Pollan

When it comes to food, I am a living contradiction. I am an extremely picky eater. I could literally (and I really mean literally) eat the same food every day and be very content. However, I am overly curious about food: where it comes from, how it is grown, how it is made, how it is processed, and how our bodies use food. This is an unusual interest for a man who ate a hot dog for lunch every day during his freshman year of college.

Cooked by Michael Pollan is a great overview of food. The book is divided into four parts, the ancient elements: fire, water, air, and earth. In Fire, Pollan walks you through the passion of barbecue. Not only does he take you on a step-by-step journey of the long barbecue process, he also guides you through its unique history. Next, we learn about how to cook with water, be it soup or braise. In Air, we learn about the lost art of making bread. And finally, Pollan breaks out the beer and sauerkraut in Earth.

I enjoyed this book. The sections on how to cook were not my favorite. I really enjoyed learning the history of food. If are interested in the details of food, you will like this book.

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