Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles for twenty-five years 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 Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation (2013) and of four New York Times bestsellers: 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. Pollan is also the author of A Place of My Own (1997) and Second Nature (1991). Pollan was named to the 2010 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife, the painter Judith Belzer, and their son, Isaac.