Michael Pollan-Food Authority to speak at Queens University

Food friends and forward thinkers, mark your calendars for Oct. 10. Michael Pollan is coming to town and that's all you need to know. The Learning Society of Queens University will be bringing best-selling author and acclaimed thought leader, Michael Pollan to speak on "How Cooking Can Change Your Life."

Pollan is the author of five New York Times bestsellers and most recently published the Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation. He is best known for his eye-opening book, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006), which was named one of the 10 best books of 2006 by The New York Times and The Washington Post. Pollan was also named to the 2010 TIME 100, the magazine's annual list of the world's 100 most influential people.

For the love of food, this talk is not to be missed.

Tickets are $40 and are on sale now at Carolina Tix and through Queens University of Charlotte. The talk will be held at Dana Auditorium, 7 p.m., at Queens University of Charlotte.

Michael Pollan (photo credit Fran Collin)

The average American spends just 27 minutes a day preparing food-which means that many people now spend a lot more time watching other people cook on TV than doing it themselves. But the outsourcing of this work to corporations has had disastrous effects on our health, our family life, and even on our agriculture. To reverse the trend in his own life, Pollan apprenticed himself to a series of gifted chefs, pit masters, bakers, brewers, cheesemakers and picklers. Using his own kitchen adventures as the thread, Pollan makes a compelling case that cooking is one of the simplest and most important steps people can take to improve their family's health and well-being, build community, help fix our broken food system, and break our growing dependence on corporations. Approached in the proper spirit, Pollan suggests, cooking becomes a political act.

 About Michael Pollan:

For the past twenty-five years, Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in the built environment. He is the author of five New York Times bestsellers:

Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual (2010); In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto (2008); The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006) and The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World (2001). The Omnivore's Dilemma was named one of the ten best books of 2006 by both the New York Times and the Washington Post.

In 2009, Newsweek named Pollan as one of the top 10 "New Thought Leaders." He was also named to the 2010 TIME 100, the magazine's annual list of the world's 100 most influential people.

Tickets - $40
For those attending, please leave comments in your RSVP as to if you would like to meet others from the group for dinner. 


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Im definitely open to get dinner before...where would u guys like to go??

    October 7, 2013

    • Renee E.

      Not sure if can see conversation (new to meet up) but meeting at least one person at panera bread -601 providence at 5:30.

      October 10, 2013

    • Suzanne S.

      Running a few minutes late but on the way!

      October 10, 2013

  • angela

    Has anyone decided on whether to meet before or after? And where?

    October 9, 2013

    • Renee E.

      In case you couldnt see our conversation, Suzanne and I are meeting at Panera Bread- 601 Providence Rd. if want to join. . I'll be there at 5:30 wearing gray pants and purple top.

      October 10, 2013

  • Renee E.

    For those interested in dinner beforehand , how about panera bread (601 Providence) at 5:30?

    October 9, 2013

    • Renee E.

      Great. I will be there wearing gray pants and purple. I apologize if I sent this already.

      October 10, 2013

    • Suzanne S.

      Nope this was the first time I'm seeing this! I will be in a dress...not sure which one yet haha! I will look for you!

      October 10, 2013

  • Suzanne S.

    I just wanted to get confirmation that at least one person is definitely going to Panera at 5:30 prior to me heading out there. So I'll stay tuned to the thread :)

    October 10, 2013

  • angela

    Does anyone have a spare ticket? I just went to purchase and it is sold out :( FYI!

    October 10, 2013

  • GoodEatsGuru-Richard G.

    Could someone try and take some pics and post them here? It is easy to upload.

    October 7, 2013

  • GoodEatsGuru-Richard G.

    I just found out that I will be in FL for work and will miss this...UGH! Please reach out to the others signed up to get together.

    October 6, 2013

  • Renee E.

    I'm open in meeting for dinner before or drinks/coffee/appetizer after.

    1 · October 6, 2013

  • Suzanne S.

    I didn't see an option to leave a comment with my RSVP but I would definitely love to meet up for dinner - just bought my ticket :)

    September 2, 2013

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