Michael Pollan will present his New Book, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Michael Pollan will present his New Book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation.

Co-Sponsored by  Rainy Day Books, HARMONY by Balcony Films, The Nature Conservancy, Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology, Eden Alley Vegetarian Cafe, The Westside Local, Whole Foods Market in Overland Park, Green Acres Market and The Farmhouse.

Event Bonus Update!

Julie Bergman Sender, Producer at Balcony Films is collaborating with Rainy Day Books and The Nature Conservancy to produce an Advance Screening of HARMONY the Documentary Film with Prince Charles highlighting global economic & environmental solutions.  Balance is the key to HARMONY.  An inspiring Book was made into an inspiring Documentary Film!  HARMONY will begin on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 5:15 PM at Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary.  HARMONY will precede our Michael Pollan Event that will follow and begin at 7:00 PM.  Your Michael Pollan Admission Package will allow you admittance to HARMONY the Documentary Film.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Michael Pollan is the author of six previous Books, including Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Omnivore’s Dilemma and The Botany of Desire, all New York Times Bestsellers.  A longtime contributor to The New York Times, he is also the Knight Professor of Journalism at Berkeley.  In 2010, TIME magazine named him one of the one hundred most influential people in the world.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  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.  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.

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 lessons move beyond the practical to become an investigation of how cooking involves us in a web of social and ecological relationships: with plants and animals, the soil, farmers, our history and culture, and, of course, the people our cooking nourishes and delights.  Cooking, above all, connects us. The effects of not cooking are similarly far reaching. Relying upon corporations to process our food means we consume huge 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.

DATE & TIME:  Friday, May 10, 2013 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $27.95 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes One Hardcover of Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, One Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket One Guest Ticket (if needed).  It's your choice, for the same Price.

ONLINE ORDERING IS NOW CLOSED. Admission Packages will be available for Walk-In's at the Door on the Day of this Event beginning at 6:00 PM.

EVENT FORMAT: Michael Pollan will discuss his New Book Cooked followed by a Booksigning.  A Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.  Admission Tickets are numbered in the order they are purchased.

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Event date: 
Friday, May 10, 2013 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary
707 W 47th Street
64112 Kansas City
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