My bride and I have been excited for weeks about the partnership between Netflix and Michael Pollan to bring “Cooked” to its streaming lineup; it’s a 4-part series based on Mr. Pollan’s most recent book. We watched the first part, “Fire,” on Friday evening.
Here’s the description of the show from Pollan’s website:
Explored through the lenses of the four natural elements – fire, water, air and earth – Cooked is an enlightening and compelling look at the evolution of what food means to us through the history of food preparation and its universal ability to connect us. Highlighting our primal human need to cook, the series urges a return to the kitchen to reclaim our lost traditions and to forge a deeper, more meaningful connection to the ingredients and cooking techniques that we use to nourish ourselves.
And if ever I were excited about the coming spring in Atlanta and the opportunity to fill my Primo with ribs, pork shoulders, wings, and anything else I can fit on there that used to run, swim, or fly, I sure as shootin’ am even more excited about it now. It looks to be an informative and aesthetically pleasing look at how and why we prepare our food.
If you give any semblance of a damn about what you put into your body, you should check out this series (and his books!). Some others in this category I’ve enjoyed watching on Netflix include “Food, Inc.,” “King Corn,” and “Fed Up,” among others.