There’s no shortage of great nonfiction books, but not too often does an author have a significant and identifiable effect on the way people think about something they do every single day. But Michael Pollan‘s decade-long investigation of all angles of the food “situation,” from the industrial, organic, and sustainable food chain in the profound The Omnivore’s Dilemma, to nutrition and wellbeing in Food Rules, to the co-evolutionary relationship between human being and nature in The Botany of Desire, undeniably fits this bill. Simply said, the American discourse—from farmer’s market to Congress—has been changed by Pollan’s devotion to clear-headedly and unpolitically exploring how we eat, and where we get what we eat.
It should be no surprise then, that we were thrilled to have an opportunity to talk with the author about everything from the American Romantics to hunting to marijuana legalization to the Doritos Locos Taco. In the spring, when—to what is sure to be an eager audience—he’ll release his new book, on “transformations,” aka “cooking.”
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