Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

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Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation
Cooked Michael Pollan.jpg
Author Michael Pollan
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Penguin Press
Publication date
Media type Paperback
Pages 480
ISBN 978-1-59420-421-0
Preceded by Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
Followed by Pollan Family Table

Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation is a 2013 book by Michael Pollan. It details Pollan's attempt to learn how to cook several different foods, including barbecue pork, bread, and cheese. He said he wanted to further his culinary education to better feed his family and connect with his teenage son. In Cooked, Pollan asserts that cooking helped modern man evolve and become culturally sophisticated. The book is divided into four sections—Earth, Air, Fire, and Water—and he details how they influence the cooking process.


Paul Levy of The Guardian wrote: "A major work by an interesting thinker, this genre-busting volume will someday become a standard text in a standard university department—though no satisfactory one yet exists—that will teach and research the discipline of "Food Studies", encompassing economics, history, philosophy, anthropology, several fields of life sciences and the humanities."[1]

TV series[edit]

The book was adapted by Netflix into a four-part documentary series, Cooked,[2] released on 19 February 2016. The series is produced by Alex Gibney, and Michael Pollan narrates each episode, which is themed on the four sections of the book—Fire, Water, Air and Earth.


  1. ^ Levy, Paul (May 22, 2013). "Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan—review". The Guardian. London. Retrieved September 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ Cooked

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