Michael Pollan’s “Cooked” book talk and signing

Michael Pollan came to NYC in April to promote his new book “Cooked” at the Barnes & Nobles at Union Square. For those that don’t know who he is, he is an American author of many food related books such as In Defense of Food and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and  has been involved with many food documentaries such as King Corn [2007] and Food, Inc [2008]. He’s an advocator of eating real food (unrefined and non-processed) and is against factory farming of animals.

This was my first book talk and signing event ever and I did not know what to expect. I was surprised how many people showed up for the event. I had to stand in the standing section since the seating section was already filled up.

Barnes & Nobles book event area

Barnes & Nobles book event area

How it works is fans were encouraged to come early to purchase a book before the talk begins. The cashier counters also had copies of the book that were already signed for impatient fans who did not want to wait during the signing or did not plan to stay for the event.

Michael Pollan speaking on stage

Michael Pollan speaking on stage

The event lasted 1 hour. The first 15 minutes was an introduction to his professional background, motivations for “Cooked” and the journey he took for the book’s material. The second 15 minutes was a reading of one of his favorite passages from his book. He read a section about his shopping journey with his son at a supermarket to buy prepackaged meals for a family dinner. It was an entertaining excerpt. Then the next 15 minutes was a Q&A session. Questions ranged from what he thought of the foodie culture to reasons why bacteria is good for our health. Writers from TableMatters.com and Penguin Press was also there. The last 15 minutes was left for the book signing. I noticed not many people stayed behind for the book signing, which was surprising. I guess he doesn’t have that many “crazy/dedicated” fans as writers for other book genres. Overall this experience was a positive one and I’d gladly attend another book talk event.

Michael Pollan signing books for fans

Michael Pollan signing books for fans

If you’re interested in meeting Michael Pollan or attending any of his book talks, you can follow his appearances here. He’s currently scheduled for appearances in California this month.

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