Hot on the heels of earning two Oscars nominations in the Best Documentary Feature category (“Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom,” “What Happened, Miss Simone?”), Netflix announced today that it has ordered “Cooked,” an original docu-series from author Michael Pollan (“The Botany of Desire,” “The Omnivore’s Dilemma”) and Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (“Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine,” “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief”).
“Cooked” will explore food preparation on its most primal level through the eyes of Pollan, an author, activist and UC Berkeley journalism professor who starred in the 2008 documentary “Food, Inc.,” about corporate farming in the U.S. Each of its four episodes will examine one of the physical elements used throughout the ages to transform raw ingredients into meals:
“Fire.” With help from Aboriginal hunters and a barbecue pit master, Pollan shows how fire shaped human gastronomy.
“Water.” Pollan looks to the kitchens of India for a lesson in the value of pot cooking and examines the consequences of eating highly processed food.
“Air.” Pollan visits food labs and Moroccan fields, delving into the science of bread-making and the nature of gluten.
“Earth” Pollan tackles the mysterious process of fermentation, exploring how microbes help turn raw ingredients into delicacies like chocolate and cheese.
“Cooked” is a co-production between Netflix and Jigsaw Productions. Pollan and Gibney are executive producing with Stacey Offman, Caroline Suh, Lisa Nishimura and Adam Del Deo.