Cooked: a natural history of transformation
"Cooking is a language through which society unconsciously reveals it's structure" - Levi-Strauss.
Michael Pollan has been the uncontested king of contemporary food writing for some time - and for good reason. The perfect balance of investigative journalism, entertainment and personal account, Pollan's books are thought provoking and generally quite balanced in their representation of the industrial food system.
'Cooked' is a wonderful presentation of how we transform nature into culture when we cook, and what our cooking practices can tell us about our relationship to nature, eachother and ourselves. And through scientific analysis of various cooking practices, it provides some great guidance on how to improve your own techniques.