“Important, possibly life-altering, reading for every living, breathing human being." -- Boston Globe In Cooked, Michael 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. 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. Each section of Cooked tracks Pollan’s effort to master a single classic recipe using one of the four elements.
A North Carolina barbecue pit master tutors him in the primal magic of fire; a Chez Panisse–trained cook schools him in the art of braising; a celebrated baker teaches him how air transforms grain and water into a fragrant loaf of bread; and finally, several mad-genius “fermentos” (a tribe that includes brewers, cheese makers, and all kinds of picklers) reveal how fungi and bacteria can perform the most amazing alchemies of all. The reader learns alongside Pollan, but the ons move beyond the practical to become an investigation of how cooking involves us in a web of social and ecological relationships.
Cooking, above all, connects us. The effects of not cooking are similarly far reaching.
Relying upon corporations to process our food means we consume large quantities of fat, sugar, and salt; disrupt an essential link to the natural world; and weaken our relationships with family and friends. In fact, Cooked argues, taking back control of cooking may be the single most important step anyone can take to help make the American food system healthier and more sustainable. Reclaiming cooking as an act of enjoyment and self-reliance, learning to perform the magic of these everyday transformations, opens the door to a more nourishing life.
Bestselling author Anne Baker's compelling saga of family secrets, heartache and happy endings.
When Nancy Seymour's RAF pilot husband, Charles, is killed, her life falls apart.
Not only has she lost the man she loved, but she also loses her home and must find a way to support herself and their little girl, Caro, on her own. With the outbreak of World War Two, Nancy is grateful for the sanctuary offered by Charles's father in the form of a little cottage in the countryside. But his mother Henrietta has always disapproved of her son's wife and seems hell-bent on making her life a misery. Nancy has little idea, though, of the depths to which Henrietta is prepared to sink. With the danger of war ever-present, Nancy must find the strength to protect those she holds dear through years of hardship and peril. And, if she survives all this, perhaps she can still hope for a second chance at happiness...
In una Parigi di inizio ‘900, notturna e perennemente battuta dalla pioggia, l’incontro tra l’eccentrico e visionario musicista Erik Satie e l’anarco-insurrezionalista Pierre Lacombe, ricercato dalla polizia, mette in moto una misteriosa catena di eventi.
Riuscito a sfuggire ad un agguato, il latitante si rifugia nel monolocale di Satie e da questi si fa curare, in attesa di potersi ricongiungere con la giovanissima Suzanne, testimone dello scontro a fuoco in cui l’uomo è rimasto ferito. Mentre la polizia politica indaga per riacciuffare Lacombe e recuperare la refurtiva delle rapine commesse dalla sua banda, questi resta nascosto e protetto nell’angusto appartamento di Satie, che è quasi una fantastica “Wunderkammer” sospesa in un tempo indefinito. Si stabilisce così un legame artistico e ideologico con il giovane compositore che lo nasconde, convinto a sua volta di ospitare in incognito lo chansonnier anarchico Leo Ferrè, che dice di aver conosciuto in un’epoca futura.
Kingston Lakes is a quiet town. During long summer days, the residents barely have a care. They almost never have to worry about the rise of a bloodthirsty demon who wants to feast on their flesh and enslave their immortal souls. Almost never.