This entertaining book explores the enduring power of fire, water, air and earth to transform the bounty nature has to offer into some of the most delicious things to eat and drink you have ever experienced. There is plenty of wild game cooking going on in this one. The book teaches one how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread and ferment cheese, along with many other things. The author opines that the cook holds a very special place in our society firmly wedged between the culture and nature. Therefore, they cannot help but to influence both realms.
This book takes you write up alongside the author to learn his lessons. The reader is immersed into a world of practical investigation on how cooking thrusts us into a myriad of social and ecological relationships with plants and animals, soils, farming, history, culture and the people who delight in our nourishing meals. Cooking connects us to others.
Therefore, the effects of not cooking lead us in the opposite direction, disconnected. If I rely upon corporations to make my food then they will feed me large amounts of fat, sugar, salt and disrupt essential links to the natural world. In essence it weakens my relationship to friends and family. This book actually has the audacity to argue that “to take 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.” The book’s main message to the reader is that cooking is enjoying and promotes self-reliance. As one learns to perform the culinary art of everyday cooking it will transform you and open the door to a more nourishing life.