Michael Pollan
Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

An MMD Summer Reading Guide pick. Cooked documents the middle link of the food chain: what happens to our food after it comes out of the ground, but before it enters our bellies. The journalistic narrative is elegantly divided into four parts, each exploring a different classical element: fire, water, air, and earth. It gets a little science-y in places, yet it remains thoughtful, wise, and (unexpectedly) funny.

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Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education

Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education

I enjoy Pollan's writing, including this one. From the publisher: "With chapters ranging from a reconsideration of the Great American Lawn and a dispatch from one man's war with a woodchuck to reflections on the sexual politics of roses, Pollan captures the rhythms of our everyday engagement with the outdoors in all its glory and exasperation."

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A Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder

A Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder

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I love Pollan's work; this is no exception. From the publisher: "At a turning point in his life, writer Michael Pollan found himself dreaming of a small wood-frame hut in the woods near his house--a place to work, but also a "shelter for daydreams." Weaving the practical with the philosophical, this book presents a captivating personal inquiry into the art of architecture, the craft of building, and the meaning of modern work." Add Audible narration to your purchase for just $4.49.

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The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

I love this book, have read it more than once, and think about it on a regular basis.

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In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

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In this pithy follow-up to The Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan shares his simple "eater's manifesto" for how to get nutrition right without massively overcomplicating it.

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Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual

Michael Pollan is famous for his adage "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." In his Food Rules, Pollan offers 64 more common-sense, often humorous rules for eating. The publisher says: "It's an easy-to-use guide that draws from a variety of traditions, suggesting how different cultures through the ages have arrived at the same enduring wisdom about food. Whether at the supermarket or an all-you-can-eat buffet, this is the perfect guide for anyone who ever wondered, 'What should I eat?'"

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