Includes bibliographical references (pages -458) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Fire : creatures of the flame -- Water : a recipe in seven steps -- Air : the education of an amateur baker -- Earth : fermentation's cold fire -- Afterword: Hand taste -- Appendix. Four recipes ; A short shelf of books on cooking.
"In Cooked, Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, 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. 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"-- Provided by publisher.